Regardless of which career trajectory you end up taking, being able to communicate ideas clearly to a broad audience is a crucial skill for success. The Tufts Postdoctoral Association has partnered with TuftsNow, the one-stop site for Tufts news, social media, events, videos, photography and more, to offer a science communication (SciComm) internship to dedicated PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers. The internship lasts 1 year (June – May), and interns will work closely with TuftsNow editors to publish 2-3 science- or research-related stories through TuftsNow per semester. This is a great chance to learn the technical details of writing and publishing and build your resume!
This past year’s SciComm Intern was postdoctoral scholar Dr. Erin Lewis, who is currently working in the Nutritional Immunology Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA). Lewis published four different articles with TuftsNow. Her first two articles were based off press releases on Tufts research and translated for the general public on the TuftsNow website. She then moved on to developing stories from her own research and from recently released primary research articles from Tufts scientists. Two of her articles were published in print in Tufts Nutrition, a twice yearly magazine of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the HNRCA. In addition to receiving feedback on her writing, she was trained in topic identification and interview skills and gained valuable insight into how the editorial process works. When asked to reflect on her time working with TuftsNow, Lewis said, “this was a unique opportunity to learn from experienced editors and gain confidence in translating challenging technical science pieces for the lay public.”
Time commitment varies from 4-8 hours per month. Applications are due Monday, May 28th. Please click here to download an application, or email Lauren Crowe at lauren [dot] crowe [at] tufts [dot] edu for more information.
We were joined by Laura Pavlech, Research and Instruction Librarian at Hirsh Library and liaison to the Sackler School to learn more about library resources available to postdocs!
- Hirsh Health Sciences Library (Boston Campus): Floors 4-7 on the Sackler building
- Tisch Library (Medford Campus)
- Lilly Music Library
- Ginn Library (Government and International affairs at The Fletcher School)
- Webster Family Library at the Vet School (Grafton Campus)
- Digital Collections and Archives
The librarians can help with:
- Literature search
- Finding data and statistics
- Using citation management programs
- Developing data management plans (RDMS project, run by TTS – electronic lab notebooks)
- Answering scholarly communications questions
- Citation analysis and measuring research impact
- “Workshops on Demand”
- You can also request a workshop for your lab or group at the library
- Every Tufts postdoc should get a username and password to access their library account
- If not available at the library, there is a charge of $4 for each request
- hirshlibrary.tufts.edu -> Click on eJournals tab, write down the journal name, and the page will redirect to BrowZine to do the search (browzine.com/libraries)
- Does not allow you to save PDFs
- If at home, use BrowZine
- Jumbo Search
- Google Scholar
- You can change your settings at Google Scholar:
- Library links -> Search for Tufts University -> Check the Tufts University box -> Click on “Save”
- You can change your settings at Google Scholar:
- For articles available within the library, you can request it and they print it out for you.
- If not available within the library, go to ILLiad to request an interlibrary loan https://illiad.library.tufts.edu
- Henry Stewart Talks – Biomedical and Life Science Collection
- Most of these protocols are for bench science, but there is also a Medicine section
- Visualizing the literature search as a scientific approach.
- Focused question:
- “What is it you really want to know about?”
- Identify key words/concepts
- What is the topic?
- What is the info needed?
- Where can you find this info?
- Look at the library research guide or ask the librarian
- Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – standardized terms
- Will be located at the bottom of the PubMed search page, once a paper is selected
- Because it’s people who create the MeSH terms, sometimes it takes a little longer to do the search for a specific combination of words
- MeSH terms are organized on a hierarchy and can be automatically searched on PubMed
- Where to find a particular MeSH term?
- Search for a particular term on the main search box -> Look at the “Search details” box on the right side of the screen (may need to scroll down a bit to find it)
- Search can be restricted by using sub terms on the MeSH database directly
- Set up a personalized PubMed account:
- Saves your searches
- Break down your search by using 1-2 search term combinations and using “and” (to restrict your search) or “or” (to broaden your search)
- Words on the search results will be highlighted
- Results will also be emailed to you
- Request help from a librarian to find the right search databases as well as construct the right search terms
- Systematic Review
Hypothesis Validation = conflict resolution