The career path of an academic scientist usually is a long and stony one. The metamorphosis from fledgling student to erudite professor takes several years, and such overly-educated individuals often flounder before reaching the top rung of the career ladder. Ben Barres proposes effective ways in which mentors can help junior scientists survive the struggle with such demanding academic standards. getAbstract recommends this article to seasoned academic scientists who want to become better mentors.
In this summary, you will learn
- What the relationship between scientific lab heads and postdocs is like,
- How senior scientists are hindering scientific progress by blocking “project porting,” and
- Why effective communication between mentors and mentees is important.
About the Author
Ben A. Barres is an MIT graduate who pursued a medical degree from Dartmouth College and a PhD from Harvard Medical School. Specializing in neuroscience, Barres went on to teach and research at Stanford University School of Medicine. He became Chair of the Neurobiology Department in 2008.