Eve Marder wrote her first Living Science essay for eLife in 2012. Since then she has written about topics as diverse as the importance of clear writing, the benefits of living and working in a foreign country, and why we should "own our mistakes". This collection brings together all of Marder's Living Science essays. Before the launch of eLife, Marder wrote a number of My Word articles for Current Biology.
Clear writing is the key to success in science.
As the world becomes smaller and more uniform, it is important to remember that creativity in science can happen anywhere.
In an era in which evidence is being disregarded, scientists need to speak up in support of the pursuit for truth.
Creativity in science requires the ability to recall information and data, and will suffer if we rely too much on technology to remember things for us.
Recruiting PhD students can be a frustrating process, but Eve Marder looks forward to welcoming the latest crop in the autumn.
Most scientists admit to their errors but, as Eve Marder explains, the scientific community as a whole needs to rethink the way it recognizes achievement.
When a scientist dies too early in their career we miss them as a colleague and as a person and, as Eve Marder explains, we also lose the science they would have done.
In science it is more important to recognize excellence in its many different forms than it is to identify a winner.
Proposals to reduce the number of students who do PhDs are misguided because they would exclude young scientists with qualities that do not show up in exam results and interviews.
Scientists go to great lengths to ensure that data are collected and analysed properly, so why do they apply different standards to data about the number of times research papers have been cited and viewed?
As the equipment needed to perform state-of-the-art research in many areas of biology becomes ever more expensive, Eve Marder worries that researchers in less wealthy institutions might be left behind.
As new technology makes it possible to perform experiments that were unimaginable a decade ago, Eve Marder argues that we can still learn from the past.
Eve Marder believes that many of the most important events in our lives, both personal and professional, depend to some degree on luck or chance.
Eve Marder explains why all scientists should spend time living and working in a foreign country.
Following a career in science involves long hours and hard work, but as Eve Marder explains in the first of a series of columns, it can also be extremely rewarding.