NIH promotes concept of Individual Development Plans for all Trainees

Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research at NIH  explains the recent history of this concept at NIH.  NIH

encourages grantees to develop an institutional policy requiring an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for every graduate student and postdoc supported by any NIH grant, regardless of the type of NIH grant that is used for support. -“
  • Currently, IT APPEARS THAT the NIH has no plans for requiring such a plan, but it should be clear that Training Programs such as T32 are on notice that they should implement them.
  • IT APPEARS There is no provision in this notion for dealing with the fact that “post-doc” is a loose concept, and that unless you are listed as a post-doc on a T32, there is no (useful) operational meaning of the word “post-doc”.

Resistance to Mentoring…is futile? or too easy?

  • Faculty often complain that graduate students are unwilling to take their advice, are passive-aggressive, or otherwise exhibit “resistance to mentoring”.   This is often interpreted in the sense of  “resistance to being mentored”, as meaning the student “doesn’t care”, and is the source of disappointment and resentment on part of the faculty member.
  • Resistance to being mentored might have many explanations, including genuine lack of interest.  Stereotype threat is a well-documented process that might make students distrustful of their research advisors, but there could well be other psychosocial mechanisms that induce resistance to being mentored.
  • But the other sense is “resistance to mentoring others”, in which the might-be mentor actually resists mentoring the protege, or sees mentoring in a very narrow way that inhibits or precludes effective mentoring.

Dressing up Xtranormal

I dressed up an Xtranormal video by:

  • extracting the flv from the cache
  • loading it into VideoPad Video Editor.
  • To add  music, I converted  an mp3 file into wav format in WavePad and uploaded the wav file into VideoPad.
  • I created an intro sequence by taking snapshots from the Xtranormal sequence and then added a voice track to the “intro”.
  • Uploaded to Youtube.

Note:In VideoPad you can adjust the volume for each audio track separately.  I couldn’t figure out how to adjust the volume of  mp3 files in VideoPad, but it worked easily for wav files.  Here’s the product: “Lives of the Hunted. Episode 1”:

Lives of the Hunted Episode 1. In this episode, Dr. Capricious 'Cappy' Cumlaude berates her student Sam Sansarif for arriving late to the lab

Remote mentoring: first time

Today I spent 2 hr on-line with a remote student.  We used Tokbox for audio/video and IM, google docs to share a presentation, and Twiddla to design experiments, and established a Twitter report protocol.  About 60′ of the time was spent in teaching the on-line tools, the rest on science. Here’s the twiddle:

The Kellogg Health Scholars Program

Coaching for college entrance

One of my daughters sent me this link about how the Chicago Public schools are coach-mentoring students to get into suitable colleges.

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