The Effort Report

The Effort Report

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Professors Elizabeth Matsui and Roger Peng talk about life in the academic trenches, telling it like it is.
60 - Special Co-Host Liz Stuart
Nov 20 • 53 min
Liz Stuart joins the podcast to talk with Roger about preparing for talks and parceling out ideas into papers. Show Notes: Liz Stuart on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lizstuartdc Submit to the Effort Report Impact Score:…
59 - The Messy Execution of Research Reproducibility
Nov 13 • 81 min
Elizabeth and Roger discuss how scientific criticism plays out in the modern day. Show Notes: New York Times piece on Amy Cuddy: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/18/magazine/when-the-revolution-came-for-amy-cuddy.html?_r=0 Slate piece about the…
58 - Prizes and the History of Academic Medicine
Oct 30 • 62 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the role of prizes in science and how the history of academic medicine has shaped the phenotype of the academic physician. Show notes: History of academic…
57 - Not All Scientific Writing is the Same
Oct 16 • 66 min
Elizabeth and Roger discuss the value of preprints and how grant writing is different from writing papers. Also an all new Lessons from Space! Show notes: Submit to the Effort Report Impact Score: http://theeffortreport.com/2017/06/08/score/ Effort…
56 - Author Order on Papers and Book Club
Oct 9 • 66 min
Elizabeth and Roger discuss revising how authors are presented on papers and Roger initiates a new book club segment. Show notes: Devang Mehta on author order: https://medium.com/@devang/science-first-scientists-later-6419cbc4ac9b Submit to the…
55 - P-value Thresholds and Establishing Independence
Sep 25 • 77 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the latest controversy over p-value thresholds and establishing an independent professional reputation. Show Notes: Ethan Weiss Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/ethanjweiss/status/909884793747206144 Stephen…
54 - Moon Shots, Diversifying Your Portfolio, and Data Sharing
Sep 17 • 73 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about what moon shots are really about, if and how to diversify your professional funding portfolio, and data collectors and “data parasites”. Show Notes: Submit to the Effort Report Impact Score:…
53 - Career Planning and Academic Metrics Showdown
Sep 11 • 68 min
Elizabeth and Roger go head-to-head in a contest of academic metrics and also talk about career planning. Show Notes: Researchers FOIAing grants: https://www.buzzfeed.com/teresalcarey/when-scientists-foia?utm_term=.lvLwnoLOR#.hk0jmlRAv Submit to…
52 - Feeling Under Attack and the Academic Metrics Draft
Sep 4 • 69 min
Elizabeth and Roger discuss being under attack (especially on the Internet) and set the stage for the first ever academic metrics draft. Show Notes: Chris Kraft lecture: https://youtu.be/Fo8v7juSgRw Jeff Leek’s post on getting crushed on the…
51 - Teaching Writing
Aug 28 • 63 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about their experiences teaching writing and the type of person who might feel most at home in an academic environment. Show Notes: Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers by M….
50 - It’s a Small World After All
Aug 21 • 66 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about how small our respective scientific communities are and the implications across a career and the really hard work of translating scientific evidence into practice or policy. Show Notes: Submit to the Effort Report Impact…
17 - The Personal Politics of Academia
Aug 14 • 43 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the (unexpectedly?) outsized influence of personalities on collaborations and careers. Show Notes: Submit to the Effort Report Impact Score: http://theeffortreport.com/2017/06/08/score/ Effort Report Stickers: …
27 - The Specific Aims Page and the Power Structure of Academia
Aug 7 • 62 min
Elizabeth and Roger discuss 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…
49 - Debuting the Impact Score
Jul 31 • 62 min
Elizabeth and Roger debut The Effort Report’s new segment, the Impact Score, in which they review specific aims pages or project overviews from grants. Show Notes: Liangyuan Hu…
48 - The Academic Gas Pedal
Jul 24 • 58 min
Elizabeth and Roger discuss whether you should go with a light touch with your career or go “pedal to the metal”. Also, follow up on sharing grants, administrative positions, pair writing, and email response times. Show Notes: Submit to the…
47 - Ignore the Job Description (A Case Study)
Jul 17 • 59 min
Elizabeth and Roger welcome Elizabeth Stuart, Professor in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins, to discuss ignoring the job description and making the job what you want it to be. Also they discuss working in a department that is different…
46 - Collect Data First, Ask Questions Later
Jul 9 • 64 min
Elizabeth and Roger discuss the common pitfall of understanding the distinction between data collection and designing a study to answer a research question, and what they think makes a good slide. Show Notes: Submit to the Effort Report Impact Score:…
45 - Departments and Media Relations
Jul 3 • 67 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about why there are departments and interacting with the media. Show notes: Submit to the Effort Report Impact Score: http://theeffortreport.com/2017/06/08/score/ The Money…
44 - How to Review a Paper
Jun 26 • 66 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about reviewing papers submitted for publication. And Elizabeth wins the Weekly Grind. Show notes: Effort Report Stickers: https://www.stickermule.com/marketplace/17852-the-effort-report-podcast Roger on Twitter:…
43 - Special Appearance on the Philip Guo Podcast
Jun 19 • 43 min
Roger makes a special appearance on Philip Guo’s Podcast to talk about podcasting in academia and white boards. Show notes: Philip Guo’s web site: http://pgbovine.net/index.html Effort Report Stickers: …
42 - Promotion Tracks: Upsides and Downsides
Jun 12 • 57 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the different types of “tracks” for faculty and variations in tracks across institutions. Show notes: Episode 40: http://effortreport.libsyn.com/40-indirect-costs Effort Report Stickers: …
41 - Fads in Academia and Leadership Styles
Jun 5 • 61 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the latest fads in academia and inspirational vs. operational leaders Show notes: Episode 23 with Al Sommer: http://effortreport.libsyn.com/23-special-guest-al-sommer Tyler Cowen indirect costs article …
40 - Indirect Costs
May 30 • 44 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about indirect costs (e.g. IDC, F&A), what they are and some of the controversies about them. Show Notes: Episode 39 on knowing your role: http://effortreport.libsyn.com/39-knowing-your-role Trump Reportedly…
39 - Knowing Your Role
May 22 • 57 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the range of roles a faculty member plays as a part of a research team and as a part of other types of activities we participate in. Episode 21 where we discuss the shadow…
38 - The Risk-Reward Calculation
May 15 • 69 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about calibrating the risk:reward ratio when deciding whether to do something and the role of communication tools. Roger on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rdpeng Elizabeth on Twitter: https://twitter.com/elizabethmatsui Effort…
37 - Boundaries: Putting Them Up and Tearing Them Down
May 8 • 68 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk more about time management, including managing office interruptions, and getting comfortable sharing ideas. Show Notes: Episode 33 - After the Interview: http://effortreport.libsyn.com/33-after-the-interview Why academics…
36 - Where’s the Passion?
May 1 • 48 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about scheduling time to think and the idea of being passionate about what you do. Show Notes: Episode 23 with Al Sommer: http://effortreport.libsyn.com/23-special-guest-al-sommer Roger on Twitter:…
35 - Your Questions Answered
Apr 24 • 61 min
Elizabeth and Roger discuss questions raised by listeners about how to address your mentor, starting your own company, time management, and revisiting mentee-mentor relationships. Show notes: Episode 21 on The Mentee-Mentor…
34 - Grass-is-Greener-itis
Apr 17 • 69 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about the ongoing negotiations that are a part of the job and “grass-is-greener-itis”. Show Notes: Effort Report Stickers: https://www.stickermule.com/marketplace/17852-the-effort-report-podcast Episode 14 (“Unfunded…
33 - After the Interview
Apr 10 • 76 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about what happens after you interview for a faculty job. Show notes: Effort Report Episode 15: http://effortreport.libsyn.com/15-applying-for-a-faculty-position Shannon Ellis flow…
32 - When Nobody Cares
Mar 31 • 67 min
Elizabeth and Roger talk about that feeling when you’re excited about your work, but the world doesn’t seem nearly as excited (or hasn’t caught up yet). Show notes: Jess Chandler’s flow…
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: https://twitter.com/rdpeng Elizabeth on Twitter: https://twitter.com/elizabethmatsui 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: https://twitter.com/rdpeng Elizabeth on Twitter: https://twitter.com/elizabethmatsui…
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: https://twitter.com/rdpeng Elizabeth on Twitter: https://twitter.com/elizabethmatsui 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: http://simplystatistics.org/2011/09/23/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 http://www.pnas.org/content/113/34/9384.full 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.