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How to advance your Career (and benefit those around you) With Kim Meninger

“Self-promotion is not self-serving, but instead a service to others.” This week’s Said and Dunn post features Kim Meninger, MBA, an executive and career development coach, who shares tips on how to accelerate your career and improve your visibility in the workplace by utilizing self-promotion techniques. Whether you’re ready for your next career move, you’ve reached your career plateau, or you’re just looking for general career guidance, these tips can help you build your confidence, visibility, and influence.

By: Janine Cerutti

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Spotlight On: Lynandrea Mejia

Announcing our latest lab member, Lynandrea, a new Undergraduate Research Assistant in the lab. Lynandrea shares what she’s working on in the lab, her biggest accomplishments, and even where she would travel in a time machine in her “Spotlight On” in our latest Said & Dunn post. Where would you travel in a time machine? 

By: Olivia Pickett

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Achievement: Don’t Just Work Harder, Work Better

This week’s Said&Dunn post is by guest blogger, Jen Heemstra. Jen is a chemistry professor at Emory and PI of the Heemstra lab, which is focused on harnessing the molecular recognition and self-assembly properties of nucleic acids for applications in biosensing and bioimaging. Jen also serves as a mentor to many and shares her advice and stories on her blog, “Things That Change the Way I Think.”

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Genetic Predictors of Depression Trajectories in Adolescence

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Genetic Predictors of Depression Trajectories in Adolescence

Can early onset depression be associated with unique risk factors? Check out this week’s Said & Dunn post by guest blogger, Megan Skelton, a PhD student at Kings College London, to learn more about how genetic influences might be useful in understanding differences in risk for early and later onset of depression in adolescence.

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Spotlight On: Becky Mountain

We are excited to introduce our latest lab member, Becky, who is a new post-doc in the lab. Check out this “Spotlight on” in this week’s Said & Dunn post to learn more about Becky, including how her background in Anthropology led her to the Dunn Lab.

By: Olivia Pickett

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10 Things We Love About Research

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10 Things We Love About Research

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air….a love for research that is.  As researchers, we know all too well how easy it is to get caught up in a daily routine and forget about why we love what we do. This Valentine’s Day we’re taking a step back to reflect on the incredible work we have the privilege of doing as scientists. So, if you’re a student wondering about whether a career in research is right for you – or are an active researcher seeking some inspiration, here’s a list of the top 10 things we love about research.

By: The Dunn Lab

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Things I Now Know: Louise Arseneault

This week’s Said&Dunn post is by guest blogger, Louise Arseneault. Louise is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at King's College London. Her research focuses on the impact of social relationships on mental health across the life span. She investigates the consequences of violence in childhood including bullying and maltreatment. She also examines loneliness and social support. This post is adapted from the original post by Hannah Myerson from the MQ: Transforming Mental Health Through Research blog. We wanted to repost it here because we thought its messages were thoughtful and genuine. We found it inspirational and we hope you do too!

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Crack the Code: Four Tips for New R Users

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Crack the Code: Four Tips for New R Users

Have you ever tried to learn a new language? What about a new programming language? It can be a time-consuming, confusing and, at times, frustrating task. In this week’s Said&Dunn post, our very own Data Analyst Yiwen Zhu shares her advice for beginners learning to code in R, and how to develop the skills to create inspiring, reproducible science.

By: Yiwen Zhu

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Navigating the dissertation process: 10 tips

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Navigating the dissertation process: 10 tips

Does the mere thought of writing a dissertation make you break out in a cold sweat? Never fear: in this week’s Said & Dunn post, public health doctoral students Meg Wang and Kristen Nishimi share 10 tips for smoothly navigating the dissertation process.

By: Meg Wang and Kristen Nishimi

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Spotlight On: Olivia Pickett

We are excited to introduce our latest lab member, Olivia, who is a new Co-op Student and Research Assistant in the lab. Check out this Spotlight On to learn more about Olivia, including the three big research questions that guide her work.

By: Janine Cerutti

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A Year in Review: Our Favorite Science Moments from 2018

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A Year in Review: Our Favorite Science Moments from 2018

It’s that time again when we reflect on the year that’s passed and chart a course for the one that lies ahead. What did we accomplish this past year? What were the experiences we remember most? What were the most gratifying things we learned? And what things enabled us to become better scientists? In this week’s Said&Dunn post, we assemble a “top-10-list” of our most memorable scientific moments from 2018.

By: The Dunn Lab

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Navigating the holiday blues

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Navigating the holiday blues

The holiday season can be both joyful and challenging. It’s not uncommon for people to experience “holiday blues” — or feelings of stress, loneliness, or depression. In this week’s Said&Dunn post, we share some websites that may be helpful in navigating the blues this holiday season.

By: Janine Cerutti

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What is depression?

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What is depression?

This week’s Said&Dunn post is by guest blogger, Megan Skelton. Megan is a PhD student and member of  The Emotional Development, Interventions and Treatment (EDIT) lab at King’s College London. The EDIT lab focuses on the role of genetic, cognitive, and environmental factors in the development and treatment of emotional difficulties, such as anxiety and depression. This post is adapted from their D post (D is for Depression) that is part of their recent “A-Z” blog series, covering topics of interest for each letter of the alphabet.

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How colleges are using technology to address college student mental health and prevent suicide

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How colleges are using technology to address college student mental health and prevent suicide

College is an exciting time filled with new opportunities, environments, and independence. However, 1 in 5 undergraduates also experience mental health issues during college, which too often go undetected and in some cases, have resulted in suicide. To help solve the mental health crisis on college campuses and prevent suicide, many schools are now turning to technology. Check out this week’s Said&Dunn post by Yael Kahn to find out more about college students’ mental health and the technological interventions that may help students to cope. 

By: Yael Kahn

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The not-so-straightforward measurement of socioeconomic status

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The not-so-straightforward measurement of socioeconomic status

Socioeconomic status (SES) is widely recognized as one of the biggest determinants of both physical and mental health. However, measuring SES is not so easy. For example, do different measurements of SES, such as income, education, and occupation, capture SES in similar ways? And do these measures predict health outcomes to the same degree? Research Coordinator, Janine Cerutti, dives into these challenges in this week’s Said&Dunn.

By: Janine Cerutti

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Consumer Genetic Testing Kits: Precision Medicine in the Home?

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Consumer Genetic Testing Kits: Precision Medicine in the Home?

Have you heard about “precision medicine?”  It’s an approach to health care that aims to tailor disease treatment and prevention strategies so they are customized to each person’s unique biology and life experiences.  As the field of genetics enters the spotlight as a tool for use in precision medicine, many people are growing interested in using genetic data to guide their health care decisions. Consumer genetic testing super-giants like 23andMe are taking the market by storm, but what are the implications of these consumer products? Find out more in the latest Said&Dunn post.

By: Sam Ersnt

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Five videos to stay on top of the latest research in mental health

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Five videos to stay on top of the latest research in mental health

Short on time, but want to learn more about the latest research in the field of mental health? Take the next 15 minutes to watch some videos—from our group and others—about depression, brain health, sensitive periods in development, science-based intervention strategies, and schizophrenia prevention.

By: Janine Cerutti

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How does stress get under the skin? The epigenetic hypothesis

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How does stress get under the skin? The epigenetic hypothesis

Can stressful experiences “get under the skin” and change the way our genes function? In this week’s Said&Dunn post, Yiwen and Khalil explore the field of epigenetics, which is providing important new insights about how stress can affect the functioning of our DNA. This post also includes a video by Dr. Dunn, where she explains the meaning of epigenetics and how our lab group is studying the epigenetics of stress and depression.

By: Yiwen Zhu and Khalil Zlaoui

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Spotlight On: Yael Kahn

We are excited to introduce our latest lab member, Yael, who is a new Research Assistant in the lab. Check out this Spotlight On to learn more about Yael, including what she’s working on in the lab.

By: Janine Cerutti

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