The Effort Report

The Effort Report
Professors Elizabeth Matsui and Roger Peng talk about life in the academic trenches, telling it like it is.
31.5 - Hitting the Road
Mar 23 • 71 min
In Episode 31, Elizabeth and Roger talk about going to professional society and other related meetings and strategies for managing travel. Roger on Twitter: Elizabeth on Twitter: Effort…
31 - How Do You Get on the Scheming Committee?
Mar 13 • 44 min
For this episode, Elizabeth and Roger are recording in front of a live audience at the Moffitt Cancer Center Junior Researcher Retreat. Topics include finding a postdoc, the importance of networking, being a statistician, and the benefits of…
29 - Rocky Mountain Assistant Professor
Mar 2 • 58 min
Elizabeth and Roger welcome special guest Brooke Anderson, Assistant Professor at Colorado State University, to the podcast. They discuss starting up as a faculty member and being a first-time principal investigator. Also, arguably the best weekly…
28 - Climbing Out of the Ivory Tower
Feb 20 • 54 min
Elizabeth and Roger welcome special guest Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training at Johns Hopkins. Josh was formerly the Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner at the Food and Drug Administration,…
27 - The Specific Aims Page and the Power Structure of Academia
Feb 13 • 62 min
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 • 56 min
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 • 65 min
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 • 61 min
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 • 63 min
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 • 56 min
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 • 47 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about managing your mentor and different mentorship structures, including the shadow mentor.
20 - Setting the Record Straight
Dec 13, 2016 • 57 min
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 • 56 min
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 • 62 min
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 • 43 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the (unexpectedly?) outsized influence of personalities on collaborations and careers.
16 - Feeding the Beast
Nov 14, 2016 • 66 min
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 • 48 min
Elizabeth and Roger give the inside scoop on applying and interviewing for your first faculty position.
14 - Tsunami of Unfunded Mandates
Oct 23, 2016 • 55 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about recognizing and managing misaligned incentives and unfunded mandates in academia.
13 - Writing (aka re-writing)
Oct 16, 2016 • 56 min
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 • 53 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about managing risk and dealing with failure and rejection.
11 - Academic Affluenza
Oct 1, 2016 • 59 min
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 • 69 min
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 • 59 min
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 • 50 min
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 • 49 min
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 • 48 min
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 • 52 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about finding and maintaining (and sometimes ending) collaborations.
4 - The Money Episode
Jul 25, 2016 • 55 min
Wait, you mean the university doesn’t pay me just for being awesome?
3 - Neither ideas nor money grow on trees
Jul 12, 2016 • 58 min
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 • 53 min
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 • 42 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about how they landed in academia, why they’ve stayed, and the topics that will be covered in future episodes.