The Effort Report

The Effort Report
Professors Elizabeth Matsui and Roger Peng talk about life in the academic trenches, telling it like it is.
27 - The Specific Aims Page and the Power Structure of Academia
Feb 13 • 01:02:14
Strategies for writing the Specific Aims page of a grant and who really has power in academia are topics of discussion for this week’s episode. Show notes: Elizabeth Grant A Elizabeth Grant B Roger Grant A Roger Grant B
26 - Personal Growth Comes from Discomfort
Feb 6 • 00:56:45
Elizabeth and Roger discuss imposter syndrome, grant writing strategy, and the concept of Professor Infinity. Also the Weekly Grind continues! Roger on Twitter: Elizabeth on Twitter:…
25 - What Happens to Your Paper After You Submit It?
Jan 30 • 01:05:13
Elizabeth and Roger talk about submitting papers for publication, what happens behind the scenes at a journal after you submit your paper, and how best to respond to reviewers. Also a continuation of the weekly grind! Roger on Twitter:…
24 - Talking through Al Sommer’s Public Health Lessons
Jan 22 • 01:01:41
Elizabeth and Roger debrief from their Episode 23 interview of Al Sommer and discuss how his 10 lessons apply to their careers. Roger on Twitter: Elizabeth on Twitter: The Effort…
23 - Special Guest Al Sommer
Jan 15 • 01:03:29
Elizabeth and Roger welcome Al Sommer, former Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Professor of Epidemiology and International Health. They discuss following (some of) the rules in academia, identifying good ideas, and…
22 - Writing Letters of Recommendation
Jan 3 • 00:56:53
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the art of writing and interpreting letters of recommendation.
21 - The Mentee-Mentor Relationship: It’s Complicated
Dec 22, 2016 • 00:47:03
Elizabeth and Roger talk about managing your mentor and different mentorship structures, including the shadow mentor.
20 - Setting the Record Straight
Dec 13, 2016 • 00:57:49
Elizabeth and Roger talk with special guest Jeff Leek what to do when a colleague publishes something that appears to be wrong. They also discuss keeping up with the literature.
19 - The Currency of Academia: Getting “Credit”
Dec 6, 2016 • 00:56:13
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the ways academic credit and why and when getting credit may or may not matter. Notes: NYT article on Jurgen Schmidhuber 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism
18 - The Real Roger Peng, a.k.a. The Swiss Army Knife of Biostatistics
Nov 29, 2016 • 01:02:49
Elizabeth interviews Roger about his career trajectory and tries to learn what makes him tick. Notes: The Art of Data Science A favorite paper in JASA by Y. Ogata Imbens and Rubin paper Biostatistics vs. Lab Research You can search for…
17 - The Personal Politics of Academia
Nov 19, 2016 • 00:43:09
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the (unexpectedly?) outsized influence of personalities on collaborations and careers.
16 - Feeding the Beast
Nov 14, 2016 • 01:06:02
Elizabeth and Roger talk about how we evaluate professional success in academia and its unintended consequences.
15 - Applying for a Faculty Position
Oct 30, 2016 • 00:48:38
Elizabeth and Roger give the inside scoop on applying and interviewing for your first faculty position.
14 - Tsunami of Unfunded Mandates
Oct 23, 2016 • 00:55:16
Elizabeth and Roger talk about recognizing and managing misaligned incentives and unfunded mandates in academia.
13 - Writing (aka re-writing)
Oct 16, 2016 • 00:56:47
Elizabeth and Roger talk about writing: How much they do it, helpful habits, and the many different forms of writing in academia.
12 - Rejection Comes With the Territory
Oct 9, 2016 • 00:53:56
Elizabeth and Roger talk about managing risk and dealing with failure and rejection.
11 - Academic Affluenza
Oct 1, 2016 • 00:59:43
Elizabeth and Roger talk to a special guest and Full Professor, Brian Caffo, about the challenges of being on the other side of promotion to full professor. Show notes: Brian Caffo’s web abode Brian Caffo on Twitter
10 - The Trappings of Academia: Wardrobe and Prestige
Sep 26, 2016 • 01:09:03
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the academic wardrobe and academic metrics for prestige-real and perceived. Notes: Getting email responses from busy people:
9 - The Learning Curve of Managing and Mentoring
Sep 16, 2016 • 00:59:13
Elizabeth and Roger talk about being woefully unprepared to build, manage, and mentor a research team.
8 - Where are the women professors?
Sep 12, 2016 • 00:50:23
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the role of gender in academic careers (and what it’s like to feel like a fish out of water). Show notes: Guardian article on why women leave…
7 - The Gerbil Wheel of Science
Sep 5, 2016 • 00:49:59
Elizabeth and Roger discuss a recent opinion piece in PNAS as well as keeping the grant-to-paper ratio in check. Show notes: Science in the age of selfies The Troubled Future of Colleges…
6 - Vacations and Social Media (but not at the same time)
Aug 28, 2016 • 00:48:13
Roger is back from vacation and he and Elizabeth discuss taking vacations as an academic. Also discussed are using social media (such as Twitter) and what it means to be a “real academic”.
5 - Collaborations: the good the bad and the ugly
Aug 5, 2016 • 00:52:54
Elizabeth and Roger talk about finding and maintaining (and sometimes ending) collaborations.
4 - The Money Episode
Jul 25, 2016 • 00:55:05
Wait, you mean the university doesn’t pay me just for being awesome?
3 - Neither ideas nor money grow on trees
Jul 12, 2016 • 00:58:40
Elizabeth and Roger talk grants: where ideas come from, how to recognize the good ones, and what the characteristics of a fundable grant are. Also, responses to the first listener feedback. You can send us questions to…
2 - Smart and Hardworking: Necessary But Not Sufficient
Jul 7, 2016 • 00:53:01
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the keys to success that no one tells you (and imaginary friends).
1 - Wait, what? There are upsides to academia?
Jul 1, 2016 • 00:42:50
Elizabeth and Roger talk about how they landed in academia, why they’ve stayed, and the topics that will be covered in future episodes.