We help research leaders create better teams and achieve better results. Your hosts Christine Hendren (Ph.D.) and Matt Hotze (Ph.D.) have over twenty-five years around academia as journal editors, research center directors and research scientists. We've seen and heard the problems research leaders face in time and energy management, hiring, leading teams, becoming great mentors, and building relationships for funding as well as collaboration. Helium also brings in guests from the worlds of science and business; each episode delivers nuggets of information you can use to raise your science above the rest.
Insights from Our Academic Big Brother - Mark Wiesner
In this final episode of the show we sat down with our advisor Mark Wiesner. Mark is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a long time Department Chair at Duke University. He also has directed of the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology for 10+ years where he worked with Christine. Mark has shared insights about trust and building relationships throughout your career. This is the perfect capstone to the show.
Courtney Gardner Part Deux
Courtney joined us in episode 6 as she was driving across the country to her new position at Washington State University. She rejoined us so we could learn how things shaped up in her first year+ of teaching, advising and grant writing. There is lots of reality in this episode, but a bunch of hope for those hoping to land a faculty position someday or starting one soon. She did not hold back telling it like it is and we appreciate her candor.
Reach your Research Goals by Building the Best Teams: A New Focus & A Paternity Pause
We take stock of the past 32 episodes and plot a course for future episodes of the show. We both work in roles where we help integrate teams and enable them to co-create knowledge, and we are going to focus on sharing more of those insights going forward. After a paternity leave for Matt we will return with the show later in the Fall. We will have a few longer interviews of academics but mostly focus on shorter 15 minute episodes centered on teams.
Better Onboarding Onto Your Team - A Roundup of PhD Podcasts
Creating your own style as a team leader is about gathering the best ideas that are out there and adapting them to your personality. We asked 9 different podcast hosts to join the show to share their best ideas for onboarding others into teams or groups. They discuss positives and negatives have they experienced when being onboarded themselves. Download this episode to find great onboarding ideas and have the bonus of hearing about 8 great shows you can subscribe to.
How to Apply New Technologies in the Classroom to Engage Your Students
Too much technology and you overwhelm the students and yourself. However, today's students are digital natives and may expect a different approach to learning than students just a few years ago. How do you harness the best of what technology has to offer to improve your courses and make your job easier? Dr. Monica Burns, host of the Ed Tech Made Easy podcast, joined us to share many tips for platforms and approaches for technology in your courses. Show notes and transcript: www.teamhelium.co/episode31
Transforming Your Teaching in Small Steps
How do you obtain the first experiences in the classroom? How do you learn the vocabulary you need to discuss your teaching experience? As host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast and a faculty member herself these are the two questions Bonni Stachowiak sees early career researchers struggle with. She answers these questions and also jam packs this episode with manageable steps for any graduate student, postdoc or professor to improve their teaching. www.teamhelium.co/episode30
Informative and Actionable
I just finished listening to the episode on time management. I love the idea of chunking goals in shorter duration so you can evaluate progress and make changes as needed. The discussion about mastermind was great also. Accountability and support are paramount to success.
Backbone to academia
I flashback to my college days (no, not the ones on the weekend), but think back to some of my college professors. They always looked stressed. Some days they seemed like an unguided missile. I took particular note because my grade may depend on it. I wish they had this podcast back then. If you’re looking for simple hacks to make your life easier, then check out this podcast.