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The Lonely Pipette : helping scientists do better science

Author: Jonathan Weitzman & Renaud Pourpre

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The Lonely Pipette is a podcast where scientists share tips to help you do better science. The episodes include conversations with researchers around the world. Renaud Pourpre and Jonathan Weitzman will talk to inspiring people to learn about their habits and recommendations for all scientists. Don’t stay alone, come join The Lonely Pipette community!
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In this episode Renaud and Jonathan share their tips and thoughts about the first season of The Lonely Pipette podcast.Renaud and Jonathan tell their own ‘origin stories’And we discuss the origins of the podcast and what we have learnedWe talk about non-linear careers in scienceWe discuss the #HSDBS mission and how we are both committed, in our own ways, to helping scientists do better scienceWe talk about highlights from Season 1 and share some of the joys of listener feedbackAnd we make some promises for Season 2Subscribe and receive the next season in you mailbox To send us feedback and ideas for season 2 :https://bit.ly/TLPVoicehttps://twitter.com/LonelyPipetteTo find out more about Renaud https://www.linkedin.com/in/renaudpourpre/https://twitter.com/LePourpreTo find out more about Jonathan https://linktr.ee/epigenetiquehttps://twitter.com/EpigenetiqueTo learn more about the soundtrack :Music by Amaria - Lovely Swindlerhttps://soundcloud.com/amariamusique/https://twitter.com/amariamusique
Subscribe and receive the next podcast in you mailboxTell us your thoughts  about this episodeLast summer, we were honored to host Magdalena Skipper, Editor of Nature, to share her tips with the community. When Nature announced its new Open Access policy in November 2020, we asked her to come back for another interview in January 2021, to discuss these specific issues. This episode is in two parts: the classic interview with Magdalena sharing her stories with the community and a second part with an extended discussion on the recent announcements made by Nature. As a consequence, this episode is longer than usual, but we believe that it includes  enriched content that you will appreciate.In this episode Magdalena Skipper tell us about her role at Nature and her personal thoughts about editing, publishing and communicating scienceMagdalena offers tips to authors, including thinking about why you want to share your story, what the message of the paper is and who the audience isWe discuss a metaphor for the publishing process in which the author feels like a Medieval knight throwing the manuscript over the castle wallMagdalena sees herself more as a facilitator and reminds us that every stakeholder in the process is humanShe stresses that editors and publishers need to work to make the publishing process more transparentShe makes the point that the objective of peer review is to make the paper better and we talk about new models for publishing and sharing dataWe discuss how impact factors can be mis-used and what alternative metrics existMagdalena tells us how she feels as the first woman editor at Nature and about prizes for women scientists. She mentions these journals and institutions :MRC Laboratory of Molecular BiologyCancer Research UKNature journalNature Research    Mentoring in Science AwardTo find out more about Magdalena and her journalNature editors150 years of Nature: A century and a half of research and discovery.Magdalena on WikipediaMagdalena on TwitterTo find out more about Renaud :TwitterLinkedInTo find out more about Jonathan :TwitterLinkedIn To learn more about the soundtrack :Music by Amaria - Lovely Swindlerhttps://soundcloud.com/amariamusique/https://twitter.com/amariamusiqueAnd Bab Tista - Text Me Records / GrandBankss
Subscribe and receive the next podcast in you mailbox Tell us your thoughts  about this episodeIn the first episode of the new year we talk to Oded Rechavi about his unusual way of doing science and new ways of sharing science.He tells us about his meandering path from painting in Paris to studying epigenetics in wormsOded repeatedly highlights the importance of not over-planning one’s career or path in science He stresses that it’s important to keep encountering new ideas, testing and failing and reacting with spontaneity. Like Maria-Elena told us, he says “sometimes you have to just go for it” He advises young scientists not to wait until you are completely ready but to apply for new jobs as early as you canOded has a deep commitment to challenging established dogmasHe tells us about why he spends so much time on Twitter and his use of the #physiologicallyrelevant hashtagOded tells us about the origins of the unusual “Woodstock of Biology” meetingHe mentions these labs and events :Tel Aviv UniversityColumbia UniversityThe Woodstock of Biology“Transgenerational biology” Oded’s talk at TEDxTo find out more about Oded visit his website or follow him on TwitterTo find out more about Renaud :TwitterLinkedInTo find out more about Jonathan :TwitterLinkedIn To learn more about the soundtrack :Music by Amaria - Lovely Swindlerhttps://soundcloud.com/amariamusique/https://twitter.com/amariamusique
Subscribe and receive the next podcast in you mailbox Leave us a voice message about this episode In this episode Wendy Bickmore shares her personal thoughts about mentoring, recruiting, publishing and making mistakesWe discuss about establishing and maintaining relationships with mentorsWendy offers thought about how to recruit members to your teamShe also comments on the craziness of the current models of scientific publishing and peer reviewWendy says sometime you just have to learn to ‘wing it’ and accept compromisesShe tells us how she chooses priorities that will make an impact We discusses how she became the institute director and her leadership visionWendy also tells us about her need for quiet time and learning to be a better listenerShe mentions these labs and institutions :MRC Human Genetics Unit (MRC-HGU)University of EdinburghThe Lister Institute of Preventive MedicineUniversity of OxfordDouglas HiggsPLoS GeneticsTo find out more about Wendy visit her lab website and her Twitter accounthttps://www.ed.ac.uk/mrc-human-genetics-unit/research/bickmore-grouphttps://twitter.com/wendy_bickmoreTo find out more about Renaud :TwitterLinkedInTo find out more about Jonathan :TwitterLinkedIn To learn more about the soundtrack :Music by Amaria - Lovely Swindlerhttps://soundcloud.com/amariamusique/https://twitter.com/amariamusique
Subscribe and receive the next podcast in you mailbox Leave us a voice message about this episode In this episode we talk to Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla about how she followed her dreams from Mexico to the Pasteur Institute and then to direct a new institute in Munich.She tells us about how she followed her dream to come to work in Paris She discusses how she chooses scientific questions and which model to work onMaria Elena was always driven by her passion and curiosity which helped her to overcome risks and doubtsShe stresses the importance of attracting and recruiting people who are better than youWe discuss the benefits of moving to different countries and living in different cultures. Maria Elena also comments on diversity awareness and inclusiveness in scienceShe shares her thoughts about ethics, responsible research and leaving an imprintShe admits that she has two paces; one high speed at work and a slower one at home at breakfast time. And she tells us how she deals with stress, tiredness and striking the right personal life balanceMaria Elena mentioned these institutions and resourcesInstitute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells, MunichPasteur Institute, ParisGurdon Institute, CambridgeInstitut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire (IGBMC)The European LifeTime InitiativeImproving European healthcare (Nature, September 2020)Maria Elena at the World Economic Forum “Moving beyond genes with epigenetics”“Shaping the Future of Science”To find out more about Maria Elena visit her website or follow her on Twitterhttps://www.helmholtz-muenchen.de/ies/about-us/people/staff-detail/ma/4842/-Torres-Padilla/index.htmlTo find out more aboutRenaud :TwitterLinkedInJonathan :TwitterLinkedIn To learn more about the soundtrack :Music by Amaria - Lovely Swindlerhttps://soundcloud.com/amariamusique/https://twitter.com/amariamusique
In this episode Bob Weinberg discusses his long career in cancer research and offers tips about recruiting and mentoring.Bob talks about his motivation to simplify the complexity of cancer biology by distilling out a small set of rulesWe discuss the virtues of being a ‘scientific gypsy’ and Bob stresses the importance of getting the right balance between a narrow focus and a broad interest in different areas of scienceWe talk about different mentoring styles and get useful tips about how to recruit the right people to build a culture of mutual cooperationBob insists on the importance of talking to people at scientific meetings and asking provocative questionsFinally, Bob describes how he achieves a balance in his life by alternating between the lab and doing handyman jobs in his log cabin or the gardenSubscribe and receive the next podcast in you mailbox : https://www.bit.ly/TLPsubscribeLeave us a voice message about this episode : https://www.bit.ly/TLPVoiceHe mentions these labs and institutions :Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)Whitehead Institute for Biomedical ResearchDavid BaltimoreTo find out more about Bob visit his website : http://weinberglab.wi.mit.edu/To find out more aboutRenaud :TwitterLinkedInJonathan :TwitterLinkedIn To learn more about the soundtrack :Music by Amaria - Lovely Swindlerhttps://soundcloud.com/amariamusique/https://twitter.com/amariamusique
In this episode we talk to Fiona Watt about her career moves and her journey to become the first woman to lead the Medical Research Council (MRC).She tells us about her early experiences with crocodile huntingShe talks about how she chooses scientific questions to work on and looking for new challengesShe tells us about how she made her career moves and how she created collaborative environmentsFiona talks about her experiences as a journal editor and shares her thoughts about scientific publishing and new publishing modelsShe talks about how to promote gender equality and cultural diversity in the scientific enterprise and how to counter bad behaviourWe discuss how to get the right work-life balance and respecting other people’s work habitsSubscribe and receive the next podcast in you mailbox : https://www.bit.ly/TLPsubscribeLeave us a voice message about this episode : https://www.bit.ly/TLPVoiceFiona mentioned these labs, institutions and journals :King’s College London (KCL) Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at KCLCentre for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine on TwitterHenry Harris LabHoward Green labKennedy Institute of RheumatologyCancer Research UK Cambridge InstituteWellcome - MRC Cambridge Stem Cell InstituteZena Werb LabJournal of Cell ScienceeLife Science MattersWorkforce Diversity: Let’s talk about raceTo find out more about Fiona visit her website or follow her on Twitterhttps://www.wattlab.org/https://twitter.com/FionaWattMRCTo find out more aboutRenaud :Twitter : https://twitter.com/LePourpreLinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/renaudpourpre/Jonathan :Twitter : https://twitter.com/EpigenetiqueLinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanweitzman/ To learn more about the soundtrack :Music by Amaria - Lovely Swindlerhttps://soundcloud.com/amariamusique/https://twitter.com/amariamusique
In this episode we talk to Harmit Malik about his origins in India and his path to develop his own mentoring style.He tells us how he made the switch from chemical engineering to molecular biology thanks to an inspiring teacher and mentorHarmit tells us lots of stories about how chance encounters with colleagues and mentors have influenced his career and workHe talks about how to search out mentors and how to adapt mentoring styles to the diversity of menteesHarmit discusses what to look for at interviews and how to discover creativity in the ‘hidden diamonds in the rough’Harmit describes how he found an international community of scientists on Twitter and how it improved his own mentoring styleHe also shares his thoughts about scientific publishing, peer-review and good writing in scienceHe mentions these labs and institutions“The Hutch” - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centerhttps://www.fredhutch.org/Indian Institute of Technologyhttp://www.iitb.ac.in/University of Rochester, NYhttps://www.rochester.edu/Steve Henikoff Labhttps://research.fhcrc.org/henikoff/en.htmlTo find out more about Harmit visit his website or follow him on Twitterhttp://research.fhcrc.org/malik/en.htmlhttps://twitter.com/HarmitMalikSubscribe and receive the next podcast in you mailbox : https://www.bit.ly/TLPsubscribeTo find out more aboutRenaud :Twitter : https://twitter.com/LePourpreLinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/renaudpourpre/Jonathan :Twitter : https://twitter.com/EpigenetiqueLinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanweitzman/ To learn more about the soundtrack :Music by Amaria - Lovely Swindlerhttps://soundcloud.com/amariamusique/https://twitter.com/amariamusique
In this episode we talk to Susan Gasser about her journey to institute director and how she dealt with the challenges of the job.We discuss about how to choose a good project and to focus on the scientific questionSusan stresses the importance of building a lab culture based on collaboration and teamworkShe shares her advice how to manage conflicts and provide criticism without it getting personalWe talk about Women In Science awards and the future of European scienceSusan shares some personal advice about the importance of coaching and self-awarenessShe also gives tips about getting balance right between work and family and between Science and administrative responsibilitiesShe mentions these labs and institutionsFriedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI)https://www.fmi.ch/Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Researchhttps://www.isrec.ch/University of Genevahttps://www.unige.ch/Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR)https://www.novartis.com/our-science/novartis-institutes-biomedical-researchShe also paid tribute to her mentor Gottfried (Jeff) Schatzhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gottfried_SchatzAnd the Lee Hartwell paper in Science 1974 “Genetic control of the cell division cycle in yeast”https://science.sciencemag.org/content/183/4120/46To find out more about Susan visit her lab website or follow her on Twitterhttps://www.fmi.ch/research-groups/website/gasserlab/https://twitter.com/susan_gasserSubscribe and receive the next podcast in you mailbox : https://www.bit.ly/TLPsubscribeTo find out more aboutRenaud :Twitter : https://twitter.com/LePourpreLinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/renaudpourpre/Jonathan :Twitter : https://twitter.com/EpigenetiqueLinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanweitzman/ To learn more about the soundtrack :Music by Amaria - Lovely Swindlerhttps://soundcloud.com/amariamusique/https://twitter.com/amariamusique
In this episode we talk to Maxim Greenberg about his transition from US graduate student to Parisian postdoc, and then the move to young team leader.We discuss about how to choose a postdoc lab and the importance of a generous and supportive mentorMax shares some personal experience of how he juggles family, two scientific careers, as well as kids and schoolingWe also talk about how you know when you are ready to launch your own lab and how to choose a research question for your labMax gives advice about strategies for growing your team and recruiting studentsHe also offers some practical tips about how to deal with anxiety, insecurity and self-doubtHe mentions these labs and institutionsThe Jacobsen Lab at UCLAhttps://research.mcdb.ucla.edu/Jacobsen/LabWebSite/P_Index.phpInstitut Curiehttps://institut-curie.org/The Bourc’his labhttps://science.institut-curie.org/research/biology-cancer-genetics-and-epigenetics/developmental-biology-and-genetics/team-bourc-his/Institut Jacques Monod (IJM)https://www.ijm.fr/en/3/home-page.htmEcole Normale Supérieure (ENS)https://www.ens.psl.eu/enInstitut Cochinhttps://www.institutcochin.fr/?set_language=enTo find out more about Max visit his website or follow him on Twitterwww.maximgreenberglab.com/https://twitter.com/maxvcgSubscribe and receive the next podcast in you mailbox : https://www.bit.ly/TLPsubscribeTo find out more aboutRenaud :Twitter : https://twitter.com/LePourpreLinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/renaudpourpre/Jonathan :Twitter : https://twitter.com/EpigenetiqueLinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanweitzman/ To learn more about the soundtrack :Music by Amaria - Lovely Swindlerhttps://soundcloud.com/amariamusique/https://twitter.com/amariamusique
This episode is an introduction to  The Lonely Pipette podcast. We explain the origin story of this project. You will learn :What is the purpose of this podcast and why we created it.What kind of content and conversations you will findWhy you are an essential part of this projectReasons to share itSubscribe and receive the next podcast in you mailbox : https://www.bit.ly/TLPsubscribeTo find out more aboutRenaud :Twitter : https://twitter.com/LePourpreLinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/renaudpourpre/Jonathan :Twitter : https://twitter.com/EpigenetiqueLinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanweitzman/ 
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