2018 in retrospect: Some of the researcher community's biggest moments in 2018
It’s that time of the year again – those last couple of hours of the year during which we’re partially looking back on the year gone by and partially wondering what the New Year has in store for us.
If I’m being honest, then I’d have to admit that I’m still gushing with holiday season cheer and hopelessly trying to recover from all the scrumptious food and sweets I’ve been eating. And if you’re in a similar position, then you’re probably not in the mood to think about making any New Year resolutions. But I’m hoping to change your mind by the end of this special year-end article.
I personally love this time of the year because of all the optimistic anticipation it carries. Regardless of how the previous year was for me, I know that I can make new resolutions and alter my approach towards things. But what I love most about the end of the year is that it also makes me think deeply about my achievements, failures, and everything I was fortunate enough to learn during the year. These are the details that help me clearly see what I’ve managed to already accomplish and help me decide what I’d like to do further. Don’t you agree?
I’m sure that you – the Editage Insights researcher community – have to face several obstacles and challenges on a daily basis. And I also know how easy it is for you to forget about your special achievements and accomplishments as you go about your busy schedules. But I couldn’t let that happen!
So this year, we (the Editage Insights team) decided to ask you to reflect on the year gone by and share with us your ‘2018 Academic Highlight’—that special moment or experience that stood out in your academic journey this year! And we were overwhelmed by the amazing highlights that you shared with us. Take it from me – all of you have had a very busy, productive year! Take a look at some of the wonderful achievements of the Editage Insights community in the year 2018!
It's raining publications!
Some of our community members shared that they had been able to get their first paper accepted and published in the year 2018. And that’s not all, while some of you managed to reach double-digits with your publications, still others published papers with family members! Isn’t that amazing?
Mine would definitely be getting my first paper accepted finally after a 15 month battle.— Soph Arthur (@sophtalkssci) December 14, 2018
My 2018 highlight was having my first paper with my undergraduate students as coauthors accepted - it'll be out early next year!— Jean M. Lamont, PhD (@JMLamont_PhD) December 12, 2018
Got my first publication in a peer reviewed journal— Aimee-Rose Wrightson-Hester (@AimeeRose_WH) December 12, 2018
I received two refereed publications in 2018, both of which were 2-year long projects. I was a first author on one of them. #AcademicTwitter— Witty Academic Librarian (@WittyAcademic_) December 14, 2018
My academic highlight was getting to publish a paper with my husband! Never imagined that would happen!— Cara Florance (@BabyBiochemist) December 12, 2018
For me, a difficult one between publishing my first first author paper or my PhD viva defence!— Ed Ivimey-Cook (@EdIvimeyCook) December 13, 2018
Academically, it would have to be that my first publication has FINALLY come out.— Laura Clark Briggs, PhD (@briggslcp) December 13, 2018
My very first single-author paper!https://t.co/3CarolnJT3— Jente Ottenburghs (@Jente_O) December 21, 2018
“The greatest moment for me during the year 2018 was when I got my first publication on a modified way in reconstructing the anterior cruciate ligament. I really thought that it would never become a reality, but it finally happened" – Ehab Elgiar
“My academic highlight was getting to publish three journal articles in a three-month period this year. You can imagine what that felt like for a young researcher like me.” - Abuusalahudin Chirwa
“This year, I went a step forward. I have been asked by a journal to write a review about a topic that falls within my field of interest. It was unbelievable for me at first, and I did it with a lot of excitement. The article is now under review and will be available in the first trimester of 2019.”
- Komla Sena Amouzou
It was great to see some of the early career researchers in our community share their academic highlights with us - from deciding on a research topic and completing a Master’s degree, to winning awards as young scientists – all of their accomplishments are equally amazing!
That feeling when you finally decided on your research topic, so you're just excitedly waiting to go home for the holidays and get asked for the millionth time: "So what is your research about?"— Sarah Galvin (@_sgalvin_) December 11, 2018
I'm ready this time!!! Bring it on!!!!#phdlife #phdchat #MSUepet pic.twitter.com/Fihy94kP5J
Thanks for asking! It’s so great to hear all the amazing accomplishments! My highlight is finishing my master’s in nature conservation, presenting my thesis at #NACCB2018 and submitting my MS to Envir&behavior! #womeninscience #consocsci #conpsych— Sophia Winkler-Schor (@ScientistSophia) December 13, 2018
“I will finish writing my final exam tomorrow; out of the 17 courses I had this semester. It was a pain but I know I am going to boost my GPA, and then get on with my research in order to complete my Bachelor’s degree. I am so excited!” - Khama Kelvin
“My highlight was winning the TWAS Abdool Karim award for young women scientists already making an impact in the field of biological sciences in limited-resource settings.”
- Barbara Burmen
“My academic highlight of 2018 was submitting my thesis and having a very positive viva despite being asked to make major revisions!” - Najah A
It’s time to talk about those Editage Insights community members who have made significant progress along their PhD journeys. Whether they have recently been selected as PhD candidates, completed a given amount of time within their PhD journeys, passed their viva or successfully earned their PhDs – each one of these highlights is fantastic!
Well the highlight of my year is winning the RDF scholarship and getting selected to do my PhD. Eventhough it's stressful and sometimes makes me feel like why ohhh why, it does makes me grow into a potential researcher.— Neera J (@jneera) December 11, 2018
Congratulations Dr. Hauser! You did it pic.twitter.com/huUAU8mBuO— Editage Insights (@Editage) December 15, 2018
Passing my viva!— Yvette Ankrah MBE (@YvetteAnkrah) December 13, 2018
Finally downloading the last piece of data that makes up the data for my PhD!! It’s so nearly there!! #AcademicTwitter— Harriet Lowe (@HarrietLoweGRN) December 18, 2018
“My biggest achievement was wearing that red doctoral robe. Looking back, all the late nights felt worthwhile once my thesis validation was read.” – Lindall Adams
Hobnobbing at conferences!
It was great to see how many of our community members got the opportunity to present their work at academic conferences throughout 2018. It’s safe to say that we have several science communicators in our midst. How exciting!
Hmm, a difficult one, but it would have to be being invited to give a talk at a renowned conference in my field!— Krishana Sankar (@KrishanaSankar) December 12, 2018
Attending my first interstate conference in Sydney!— Pei Qin Sabrina (@PNgsabrina) December 12, 2018
Giving a seminar presentation of my work so far and getting a lot of positive feedback. #phdlife— Jess, A PhD Student. (@BluntDrJChen) December 12, 2018
Mostly this. https://t.co/jWVO1sPAQT— Katrin Boniface (@KatBoniface) December 16, 2018
My academic highlight would be getting to present my work at the 7th EuCheMS Congress. It was my first big conference and it was a great experience— Shay (@Shayrunn) December 13, 2018
My highlight was attending the Evolution conference in Montpellier, France. It was fantastic to see so much equality for women/parents/minorities/LGBTQ+/etc.etc. Science is screaming for change and it's happening :D— Hollie Marshall (@MooHoll) December 21, 2018
I’m pretty excited that I’ve been selected to give a @TEDxTufts talk in March.— Dr. Lara Durgavich (@tinkeringprim8) December 17, 2018
I think for me one of the biggest highlights was winning best poster at the @BSPparasitology Spring Meeting and at the @SBSatEd Graduate School Poster Day - both were great experiences! Excited for what 2019 has in store! #AcademicHighlight #phdlife pic.twitter.com/4qT8T8zeUS— Zandile. (@znzan92) December 19, 2018
“My academic highlight was when my paper was accepted for presentation at a conference. It felt like I had been conceiving the idea for months and now I was finally bringing it out to others. Although the paper is not yet formally out for publication, I’ve looked at that experience as the first of all my firsts.” – Dr. Imelda Angeles
Next stop: Postdoctoral research
Some of you also shared that you’ve moved onto the challenges of postdoctoral life after successfully completing your PhD. I can’t wait to see what 2019 will have in store for you!
Winning a research grant that lead me to a postdoc.— Prof. Sarcasm, PhD (@SarcasmProf) December 12, 2018
Hopping aboard the tenure track train!
I was delighted to see that some of our community members had successfully managed to secure tenured faculty positions. I couldn’t be happier for you!
Getting an ongoing position (Aka tenure)— Dr Emma Beckett (@synapse101) December 12, 2018
Being appointed to a continuing position (like tenure) and spending my 100th (!!!) night on the ocean on a research vessel— Dr. April Abbott (@April__Abbott) December 12, 2018
My #AcademicHighlight was a set of career milestones for my labbies @Srta_Bocanegra (former postbac, new lab), @radikes (former undergrad, finished PhD), and myself. My tenure took 13 years after my postdoc. pic.twitter.com/KBEOqYuNay— Omar Quintero (@_OmQu) December 12, 2018
Exotic fieldwork, anyone?
Take a look at some of the fantastic fieldwork and lab-work your fellow community members have been doing in the past year. And don’t even get me started on their places of work. From Madagascar to Nepal – talk about working in exotic destinations!
My 2018 highlight was fieldwork on brown mouse lemurs (Microcebus rufus) in Madagascar! pic.twitter.com/F4e4tg8gx0— Nina Finley (@NinaFinley) December 12, 2018
Was a big year but highlight was prob 2 months of labwork at the Smithsonian Center for Conservation Genomics! Learned a lot of new skills & greatly expanded the scope of my dissertation (here’s my 1st next-gen library, ready for sequencing!) pic.twitter.com/tAhHK5BmkU— Paige Byerly (@paigebyerly) December 15, 2018
For me, it was recruiting 140 Nepalese women for my RCT about lifestyle strategies to manage prolapse symptoms. It took all year, and 9 months longer than I’d hoped but we got there in the end. Yay! #phdchat— Delena Caagbay (@delena_mae) December 15, 2018
Successfully conducted action research in my classroom to test the effectiveness of a digital toolbox to foster digital literacy skills in high school STEM students!— Emily Sandy Telford (@emsandy) December 21, 2018
Putting the team in teamwork!
It was heart-warming to see our community members talk about the brilliant people they work with as being the highlight of their year. From graduate students and colleagues to supervisors and mentors, each of these highlights involved either helping others or working together and this really brought out the community feeling for me!
My academic highlights are unique. As a cancer survivor and hearing impaired it’s a challenge but I spend everyday helping others by sharing my education, business , finance ,leadership, and technology knowledge and skills . Helping others to learn, grow, and live their dreams.— Sandra D. King (@sandra_king2) December 14, 2018
This was the year I realized that I can do this, and I must do this. I’ve had so much support from my department this year and I’m just so grateful to be in the company of such wonderful people.— TheAcademicCat (@CatAcademic) December 14, 2018
That’s an easy one because it’s almost always the same - the @HeemstraLab off-site retreat in August. We create the future vision for our research, grow as leaders, and have a ton of fun!— Jen Heemstra (@jenheemstra) December 14, 2018
I think it has to be completing the first full draft of my part-time Prof Doc. It's not been an easy ride, but with lots of support from @raymonarthur @DrSandraCorlett @respartnersedu & hard work we are here. Not done yet (that's next year!) but feels fabulous.— Elaine Gregersen (@alawuntoherself) December 14, 2018
I think my best highlight is training a volunteer researcher in the genetics lab and watching her gain proficiency and confidence in her technical abilities.— Coral McPolypface, M.Sc. (@coralnerd) December 17, 2018
“I won the election as the first WASCAL alumni president in West Africa. WASCAL is comprised of over 258 climate scientists across ten universities in West Africa. So, to be the first elected President is one of the hallmarks of 2018 for me.” – Dr. Vincent Ojeh
Who says you can have only one academic highlight?
I was personally amazed to see that many of our community members had not one but several impressive academic highlights to share. They also took the time to share milestones that are relatively personal and close to their hearts. Take a look at some of their terrific wins!
Oh my! This has been an amazing year for me professionally and personally so it’s hard to choose one moment....— Amanda Lee Glaze (@EvoPhD) December 13, 2018
More than one highlight: Field work in an area I love, getting great data with great students, getting the important paper out And realizing @UniHeidelberg has an office door with my name still on it. pic.twitter.com/OuifgYIUSt— Elizabeth Catlos (@ElizabethCatlos) December 13, 2018
WOW! We couldn't agree more with @MicrobiomDigest!— Editage Insights (@Editage) December 15, 2018
Both highlights are definitely equally amazing. Congratulations on these major wins @astro_jje! We're sure that 2019 will have lots more in store for you
My #AcademicHighlights of 2018 were getting promoted to Full Professor, graduating my 11th #PhD student (another #womaninSTEM) & getting a multidisciplinary pre-capstone course approved by the faculty @nyutandon— Dr. Jin Montclare (@jkmontclare) December 17, 2018
My #AcademicHighlights of 2018 were:— Dr. Rachael Bonoan (@RachaelEBee) December 17, 2018
1) Successfully defending my PhD thesis!
2) Publishing a paper on honey #bee immunity, with data collected by a colleague in 2008-09, that I have been working on since 2013! https://t.co/ffU3UZ6sRi
fun question!— Marc Kissel (@MarcKissel) December 17, 2018
scholarly = book being published!(https://t.co/oCWfXMXFNu)
educationally = finishing 1st year at AppState/getting nominated for teaching and advising awards. Really loved working with the students and seeing them succeed!
Finishing up one stage of an academic career (postdoc), moving to complete new territories in another city with anticipation and trepidation, and remaining interested in research and teaching, is the absolute highlight of my 2018 if not my life! wishing for better 2019 for all— Noushin Nabavi (@nabavinoushin) December 20, 2018
I have been incredibly blessed in 2018, although not only academically. My #AcademicHighlight(s) were, (1) being invited to write a @nature opinion piece, and (2) finally submitting my review paper I have been working on for 2 yrs. #phdlife #sciencetwitter #academiclife— Christine Figgener (@ChrisFiggener) December 17, 2018
My #academichighlight of 2018 was to get a job at the marine institute in my native Faroe Islands #FAMRI as a researcher. Next to giving fisheries advice, I’m able to pursue numerous research side-hustles, which is my fav thing in the world! https://t.co/DpJC0nbW0T— Dr Sjúrður Hammer (@sjurdur) December 17, 2018
Personally, it was getting my NIH fellowship funded and my first paper published. As a mentor, it was one of my former undergrads attributing my teaching as the reason she was moving forward in the job application process.— Hanna Erickson, MS (@MDPhDToBe) December 19, 2018
This is hard. I had so many great academic moments this year! It was probably starting to work for @MSUGenCen as the Managing Editor of @GPID_Papers! I had a great time sharing the awesome work we’re doing at @nwsa in Atlanta! Definitely my FAVORITE conference I’ve been too!— Dessie Lee Clark, M.Ed. (@dessieleecw) December 14, 2018
Passed qualifying exam, got paper published, used piranha without incident— Katie Miller (@KatieK94) December 21, 2018
Very proud of myself of nearly getting to my target of 10 publications this year, having a goal really motivated me. Also went waaaay out of my comfort zone with stream network modelling (I'm a marine ecologist), but that's ended up being a great achievement as well.— Vincent Raoult (@sawsharkman) December 21, 2018
Got my paper published in a prestigious journal. Finished writing another paper which is currently under review. Finished a draft which needs to be further polished. All under the context of being an independent researcher with NO support from university. #ecrlife— Dr Wayne Chan (@WaynelsChan) December 22, 2018
Definitely getting my paper published before the end of the year, presenting my research at #ACM2018, and just kicking ass at research and making it to the 4th year of my PhD program despite some unexpected challenges that cropped up. #phdlife— Krystal Vasquez (@caffeinatedkrys) December 21, 2018
In 2018 I graduated with my Msc, worked with my second group of undergrad students, my scicomm career started poppin with #BigAssTadpole and #FindThatLizard, went to a few conferences where I expended my academic network, and received a couple grants! It was a good year for me— Earyn McGee, MSc (@Afro_Herper) December 21, 2018
“I am happy to share with you my academic achievements in the year 2018. First of all, I started my PhD at UiTM Malaysia. I also presented my paper in Washington at John Hopkins University at a conference organized by RAIS. The interesting part is that my presentation was considered to be one of the best. So the organizers made me the editor of the proceedings of the conference. The journal is online. I'm hoping for more such achievements in 2019 as well.” - Shazia Nasir
“This year, I graduated with a PhD and immediately joined a reputed medical research institute as a postdoctoral research fellow. I never knew how passionate I was about science when I started my full-time PhD, being a mom to my 2-year-old son. Now, when I look back on my entire PhD journey, it overwhelms me with happiness and pride, because I had always been interested in teaching and wanted to become a teacher or a lecturer. However, due to several reasons, I landed up in a completely different field called proteomics research, in Taiwan – a land in which the language was unknown to me. I started my PhD with confusion and loads of questions in my mind. But I perceived every struggle as a challenge and after I succeeded through it, I feel that this experience has ultimately strengthened my research skills. When I started meeting the challenges research brings through the PhD process head-on, I came to understand my real passion for science. I love my research and it has now become a part of my life. I am very happy to share that two of my research publications have been published this year. But, overall, the biggest achievement for me is my transformation from PhD student-Mommy to Dr. Mommy and knowing that my son is feeling very proud and saying, "My mommy is a scientist." – Rashmi Akula
“This has been a year full of highlights. One of my graduate students received an invitation to make a presentation about her work on multi-drug resistant (MDR) plasmids in salmonella at the American Society for Microbiology, MICROBE 2018 general meeting. Another one of my graduate student’s work was recognized with a press release at MICROBE 2018. She isolated a uropathogenic E. coli ST131 epidemic strain, by encoding a CTX-M-15 Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL) from a stream in our local watershed. In addition to this, my technician published a first author paper on the development of an assay for determining the susceptibility of salmonella to biocides, which is also my one-hundredth publication. And we also received a large grant, funded by a collaborator at another university. Very good year indeed!” - Jonathan Frye
“My 2018 Academic Highlight is getting certified as a Certified Licensing Professional, a step forward to being recognized as a seasoned licensing professional!” – Pooja Bhatia
“I have a couple of highlights for 2018. 1) I published my 5th article (4 in 2018 and 1 in 2017). 2) I was invited to be an SME (Subject Matter Expert), a Patient Advisory Committee member, and Patient Advocate for CMS/IPRO End-Stage Renal Disease Network of the Ohio River Valley for 2018.” – Dr. Brenda Williams
“I would like to start by talking about last November when I had the opportunity to do my first paper presentation at a national academic conference. Then in January 2018, I published another article in a scientific journal - that was my fifth one and I'm the corresponding author in two of these papers. And lastly, I was able to come up with a research topic and proposal that was accepted by a university (you don't want to know how long I have been on that- since 2015). Thanks for making me reflect on this achievement, I had never thought of them as something to be proud of.” - Adejoke Bayowa
“I am so pleased at having tried 2 different teaching methodologies. Things went very well and exceeded my expectations.” - Hassan Fedawy
So there you have it - the Editage Insights researcher community sharing their academic highlights of 2018. What did you think of these highlights? Don't these amazing accomplishments make you feel energized and determined to make your own plans to achieve new heights this year? So go ahead, and spend the last few hours of 2018 setting your New Year's resolutions for 2019. Don't think about the magnitude of the resolution, as long as it's important to you. And if you're having trouble making concrete plans, then just look back on your own year. I'm sure that will help you make plans for 2019.
Finally, on behalf of the entire Editage Insights team, I'd like to wish you a happy and peaceful new year in advance!