Establishing Your Research Niche Theresa A. Jones University of Texas at Austin [email_address]
What’s in a niche? wiki.answers.com dictionary.com Marriom Webster online
<ul><li>“ Niches are plastic just like the brain” </li></ul><ul><li>Dorothy Kozlowski & DeAnna Adkins </li></ul><ul><li>Ju...
<ul><li>The process of gathering knowledge does not lead to knowing...  An answer is invariably the parent of a great fami...
Divergence of the Niches Tim Schallert Bill Greenough Me, Dorothy Kozlowski, J.Leigh Leasure, Donita Robinson Jeff Kleim, ...
Divergence of the Niches Tim Schallert Bill Greenough TBI Stem Cells Adult Neurogenesis Addiction Research Motor Skill  Le...
TJ’s Top Ten Tips (T4) on Establishing Your Niche
Tip 1: Don’t take my advice too seriously (or that of your mentors, colleagues, science family etc.)
Tip 2: Find the right niche for  you (or embrace it when finds you)
Decision point:   Carve a niche out of an existing field or set off into uncharted territory?
Tip 2: Find the right niche for  you (or embrace it when finds you) Skills & Talent Intrigue Obsession Joy
Tip 4: Find the right niche for  science (or embrace it when finds you) Skills & Talent Intrigue Obsession Joy Voids  Negl...
SIGNIFICANCE?
Axonal sprouting Dendritic growth Synaptic plasticity Vascular remodeling Remyelination Cell proliferation An example: Neu...
An example:
Behaviorally-induced Injury-induced Behavioral experience and brain remodeling after stroke
Experience effects on Cortical Reorganization after Focal Ischemia “ Rehab” training  of bad limb GOOD LIMB Jones et al., ...
Experience effects on Cortical Reorganization after Focal Ischemia “ Rehab” training  of bad limb GOOD LIMB Bad Limb
SIGNIFICANCE?
Decision point:   Carve a niche out of an existing field or set off into uncharted territory?
Existing Field or One With No Name?  Plusses Existing Field New   Direction Community that understands you √ - Appropriate...
Existing Field or One with No Name? Minusses Existing Field New   Direction Risk of “Dime a Dozen” status High Low “ Scoop...
Tip 5: Fight for your life <ul><li>Learn to communicate </li></ul>
Tip 5: Fight for your life <ul><li>Persevere </li></ul>
Tip 6: Keep perspective <ul><li>In the difficult warp of the brain, it is possible to advance only a step at a time...  </...
<ul><li>&quot;Just remember that, no matter how badly it goes, they can't eat you. Cannibalism is outlawed in our society&...
Tip 7: Be the driver of your directions <ul><li>Get and stay independent </li></ul><ul><li>Make your niche distinct from y...
<ul><li>Skills & Talents ≠ Niche </li></ul>
Tip 8: Don’t let your niche ensconce you The process of gathering knowledge does not lead to knowing...  An answer is inva...
<ul><li>When to cling tenaciously and when to jump niche </li></ul>
 
Divergence of the Niches Tim Schallert Bill Greenough Me, Dorothy Kozlowski, J.Leigh Leasure, Donita Robinson Jeff Kleim, ...
 
<ul><li>Jeffrey Kleim, Professor, Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Arizona State University,  </li></ul>By Shari...
Impaired Limb Current Directions: In vivo imaging of neurovascular structural plasticity in mice WITH: Yi Zuo, UCSC Andy D...
Tip 9: Nurture the field, not just the niche
 
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    1. 1. Establishing Your Research Niche Theresa A. Jones University of Texas at Austin [email_address]
    2. 2. What’s in a niche? wiki.answers.com dictionary.com Marriom Webster online
    3. 3. <ul><li>“ Niches are plastic just like the brain” </li></ul><ul><li>Dorothy Kozlowski & DeAnna Adkins </li></ul><ul><li>July 10, 2011 </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>The process of gathering knowledge does not lead to knowing... An answer is invariably the parent of a great family of questions. So we draw worlds and fit them like tracings against the world about us, and crumple them when they do not fit and draw new ones. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts, 1941 </li></ul><ul><li>Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research </li></ul><ul><li>New York, Viking Press </li></ul>
    5. 5. Divergence of the Niches Tim Schallert Bill Greenough Me, Dorothy Kozlowski, J.Leigh Leasure, Donita Robinson Jeff Kleim, Me, Rodney Swain
    6. 6. Divergence of the Niches Tim Schallert Bill Greenough TBI Stem Cells Adult Neurogenesis Addiction Research Motor Skill Learning Eyeblink Conditioning Experience Dependent Plasticity
    7. 7. TJ’s Top Ten Tips (T4) on Establishing Your Niche
    8. 8. Tip 1: Don’t take my advice too seriously (or that of your mentors, colleagues, science family etc.)
    9. 9. Tip 2: Find the right niche for you (or embrace it when finds you)
    10. 10. Decision point: Carve a niche out of an existing field or set off into uncharted territory?
    11. 11. Tip 2: Find the right niche for you (or embrace it when finds you) Skills & Talent Intrigue Obsession Joy
    12. 12. Tip 4: Find the right niche for science (or embrace it when finds you) Skills & Talent Intrigue Obsession Joy Voids Neglected Topics SIGNIFICANCE!
    13. 13. SIGNIFICANCE?
    14. 14. Axonal sprouting Dendritic growth Synaptic plasticity Vascular remodeling Remyelination Cell proliferation An example: Neural Plasticity After Brain Damage
    15. 15. An example:
    16. 16. Behaviorally-induced Injury-induced Behavioral experience and brain remodeling after stroke
    17. 17. Experience effects on Cortical Reorganization after Focal Ischemia “ Rehab” training of bad limb GOOD LIMB Jones et al., Stroke, 2009
    18. 18. Experience effects on Cortical Reorganization after Focal Ischemia “ Rehab” training of bad limb GOOD LIMB Bad Limb
    19. 19. SIGNIFICANCE?
    20. 20. Decision point: Carve a niche out of an existing field or set off into uncharted territory?
    21. 21. Existing Field or One With No Name? Plusses Existing Field New Direction Community that understands you √ - Appropriate reviewers √ - Higher impact journals √ - Accepted significance of topic √ -
    22. 22. Existing Field or One with No Name? Minusses Existing Field New Direction Risk of “Dime a Dozen” status High Low “ Scoop”ability High Low Competition for jobs Fit for Jobs High Poor
    23. 23. Tip 5: Fight for your life <ul><li>Learn to communicate </li></ul>
    24. 24. Tip 5: Fight for your life <ul><li>Persevere </li></ul>
    25. 25. Tip 6: Keep perspective <ul><li>In the difficult warp of the brain, it is possible to advance only a step at a time... </li></ul><ul><li>Ramón y Cajal </li></ul><ul><li>Recollections of My Life </li></ul>
    26. 26. <ul><li>&quot;Just remember that, no matter how badly it goes, they can't eat you. Cannibalism is outlawed in our society&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Jones </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    27. 27. Tip 7: Be the driver of your directions <ul><li>Get and stay independent </li></ul><ul><li>Make your niche distinct from your old mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Don't collaborate with &quot; (at least not for a long time) </li></ul><ul><li>Choose other collaborations carefully (ask YOUR questions) </li></ul>
    28. 28. <ul><li>Skills & Talents ≠ Niche </li></ul>
    29. 29. Tip 8: Don’t let your niche ensconce you The process of gathering knowledge does not lead to knowing... An answer is invariably the parent of a great family of questions. So we draw worlds and fit them like tracings against the world about us, and crumple them when they do not fit and draw new ones.   John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts, 1941 Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research New York, Viking Press
    30. 30. <ul><li>When to cling tenaciously and when to jump niche </li></ul>
    31. 32. Divergence of the Niches Tim Schallert Bill Greenough Me, Dorothy Kozlowski, J.Leigh Leasure, Donita Robinson Jeff Kleim, Me, Rodney Swain
    32. 34. <ul><li>Jeffrey Kleim, Professor, Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Arizona State University, </li></ul>By Sharif Durhams of the Journal Sentinel
    33. 35. Impaired Limb Current Directions: In vivo imaging of neurovascular structural plasticity in mice WITH: Yi Zuo, UCSC Andy Dunn, UT Hiroshi Nishiyama, UT
    34. 36. Tip 9: Nurture the field, not just the niche

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