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Episode 14- Opening Doors for Students by Celebrating PhD Career Path Diversity

Maren Wood and Jen Polk from Beyond the Professoriate joined us to talk about how mentors can open doors for graduate students and enable them to explore alternative career paths. The key for them is eliminating the default career mindset in academia. Your students can pursue other careers after their time with you and go on to have impactful careers. Want happier graduate students? Have open and honest career discussions with them.


Episode 13 - Follow Your Own Compass, Show the World Who You Wish You Were

Mentoring is a big part of the conversation in this second half of our interview with Thomas Seager. The conversation also spanned scales from the day to day practical to broad visions of defining personal metrics for success and the fundamental purpose of research, engineering, and the personal growth and mentoring needed to reach our potential.


Episode 12 - Incentives and Measures of Academic Success

What are the incentives and measures of academic success? What are your measures of success? Do these align or will you need to decide what is important to you? We had Thomas Seager on for episode 12 and he shared a ton of insight into the history and future of the university. If you are an early career researcher, or someone who plans on working with universities over the next 5 to 20 years this episode is thought provoking. We had so much fun speaking with Dr. Seager that we had to split...


Episode 11 - Investing in Deep Listening with Oscar Trimboli

Listening is fundamental to what we do in academia, we take the information and progress of others and build upon that. Yet, listening is never formally taught as a skill. It is assumed that listening can be learned like we learn to walk. With his book Deep Listening Oscar Trimboli is on a mission to change this approach to learning listening. In this interview he describes the five levels of listening and helps us understand how they can be put into practice.


Episode 10 - Curious Mentorship - Leadership Grounded in Listening

Caren Weinhouse was starting a new position at Oregon Health & Science University. Before she left her postdoc she wanted to capture a graduate student snapshot of what good mentoring looks like. Caren began by listening to Anthony and Jessica, and brought the mentality that each graduate student, within their time in a research group, can really offer insight about what speaks to their perspective, what makes them feel supported. This episode will alter your approach to mentoring.


Episode 9 - Peer Review Integrity: Mentoring Early Career Researchers

Gary McDowell and Becki Lijek from the Future of Research joined us for conversation about better practices around peer review processes. We learned about the Future of Research (Gary is the Executive Director). FoR is now focused on getting better data on early career researchers. This means getting a handle on how many postdocs are out there and where they are going. Their goal is to give more transparency to the whole process. They also share many insights about the struggles of early...


Episode 8 - Dr. Nina Vance: Big Wins and Lessons Learned

Professor Nina Vance from the University of Colorado joined us to talk about the thought process of becoming a professor. She describes her tortuous path, how she finally overcame imposter syndrome and convinced herself that work-life balance was possible in academia. We also asked her how she creates a good group culture, how she weaves creativity into her work and the air quality science she is working on right now.


Episode 7 - Time Management Meets Reality

Sarah K. Peck joined us for a show about the realities of time management. Sarah has some great advice about learning what to let go from your life and what to hang onto. She is ruthless, but it is something we all need to hear if we have big dreams for our lives and work. She also told us about how she runs a mastermind program for people who want to surround themselves with others who are focusing in a similar way. This is not something well-known in the research community, but these...


Episode 6 - A Leap into Professorship Part 1 with Courtney Gardner

Dr. Gardner talks with us about what she anticipates as she enters a new professorship. She has plans in place for how she would like to mentor, create a research group culture and maximize her efficiency. This is part one of an episode we will complete next year when we check in with Courtney to see how her first year went.


Episode 5 - Thrive in a Noisy World with Shannon Guild

Shannon talks about how to distill the message of who you are, what you do, and why it matters. She also emphasizes how to think about your center, group, or lab as a business that depends on growing in both financial sustainability and in impact.


Episode 4 - Research Proposals for Mission Driven Agencies

Dr. David Jassby joined us to share advice for academics who want to explore funding from mission driven agencies in the United States. He talks about what it takes to be successful working with these agencies. There are funding opportunities for people working throughout academia. You need to know how to frame your research.


Episode 3 - Practical Advice for Mentors from the Graduate Student Perspective

Dr. Katy Peplin joined us to share advice for professors who want to be better mentors to graduate students and graduate students who want to be better mentees. Don't miss the practical steps in the worksheet with the show notes.


Episode 2 - Creating a Vision for You and Your Research Group

Dr. Jose Cerrato joins us to talk about developing a vision for you and your research group. How does starting with you help inform your strategic decisions as an academic?


Episode 1 - Introducing Helium Podcast - Elevating Research Leadership

Welcome to Helium Podcast. If you are a professor or a scientist who struggles to stop wasting precious time we would like to be your guides to a more well-connected, secure and purposeful life as an academic.