Developmental Scientists

Scientists are creative. They are constantly developing and building the tools they need to advance their work. This year, the Ph.D./Postdoc Community of Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, a leading public research institute in Germany, reached across the water to engage improvscience in their professional development.

improvscience designs and implements programs that develop scientists’ ability to communicate and collaborate with one another. Dr. Raquell Holmes discovered that building playful learning groups, expands scientists and technical professionals ability to collaborate, innovate and lead productive careers.

Dr. Holmes' relationship to the Bioinformatics program of Boston University is long if not continuous. Recently, along with improvscience performance director Mia Anderson of Mia Anderson Consulting, she has been integrating the Professional Presentations performance coaching within the graduate seminar led by Daniel Segre.

I learn from the participants what they value or enjoy experiencing in an improvscience workshop. Yes, even those who find doing interactive exercises uncomfortable and awkward find value in the communicating science workshops: improv for STEM professionals or professional presentations.

Every year the Anita Borg Institute convenes the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The Computing Research Association's Committee on Women (CRA-W) in conjunction with this conference provides a series of career development workshops to assist women in navigating and leading their careers.

After a couple of weeks on the road, it’s nice to be able to sit and reflect on the events that took place. And when those events include courageous, playful colleagues, it’s a pleasurable recollection. So, what happened?

The Intel Developer Zone has a great colleague in Tom Murphy. They share his story in their article, "Programming Hackathon: Immersion teaching in the inner city: Teaming up to collaborate, engage and learn." Tom Murphy is another one of those I call a “developmental scientist.” He says he’s good at “forming”. Forming what? In this article created by Intel to highlight the work of Dr.

The developmental scientist takes the position that the growth of the human beings doing science is an integral component of the science. They are willing to create environments and opportunities for growth of their students, colleagues, post docs or staff. One such scientist is Uri Alon.

Developmental scientists create environments and opportunities for their students, colleagues, post docs or staff to develop. These are filled with people taking risks, making mistakes and discovering things that are not already known. They are the people to work with when you want to grow professionally.