1st Edition

Advice for the Novice Investigator Examples Taken from Movement Sciences

By Nick Stergiou Copyright 2020
    239 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book is intended to help young and novice scientists by providing them with advice on how to overcome adversities. This advice comes in the form of numerous examples from the author’s career but also from the careers of many other scientists. It follows the thinking process of Ramon Y Cajal and his famous book, "Advice for a Young Investigator." It covers a variety of topics and areas that are fundamental in becoming a successful scientist. It presents chapters on all essential areas of the scientific life that appeal to a wide range of audiences, from the senior undergraduate student to the university administrator to the chief scientist in the industry.

    Some figures in the eBook are in color.


    • Contains practical advice and many hints on a variety of topics; from how to write a grant to how to effectively manage your time
    • Displays many examples of success and failure from other scientists that can teach valuable lessons
    • Provides many personal stories and anecdotes in a form of sincere confessions
    • Includes PowerPoint Presentation slides for each chapter for any academicians that want to develop such a class in their institutions

    Chapter 1. Strong Inference. Chapter 2. Getting Your Grant Proposals  Funded. Chapter 3. Writing Grant Proposals. Chapter 4. Writing Manuscripts. Chapter 5. Ethics. Chapter 6. Management and Organization. Chapter 7. The Necessary Tasks. Chapter 8. Motivation.


    Dr. Nick Stergiou is the Distinguished Community Research Chair in Biomechanics and Professor as well as the Director of the Biomechanics Research Building and the Center for Research in Human Movement Variability at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where his primary appointment is.  Recently he was also appointed as the Assistant Dean of the Division of Biomechanics and Research Development. He is the Founding Chair of the first ever academic Department of Biomechanics that graduates students with a BS in Biomechanics. His secondary appointment is as a Professor of the Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His research focuses on understanding variability inherent in human movement and he is an international authority in the study of Nonlinear Dynamics. He has been inducted to the National Academy of Kinesiology and as a Fellow to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Stergiou’s research spans from infant development to older adult fallers, and has impacted training techniques of surgeons and treatment and rehabilitation of pathologies, such as peripheral arterial disease. He has received more 30 million dollars in personal funding from NIH, NASA, NSF, the NIDRR/US Department of Education, and many other agencies and foundations. He has received the largest grant in the history of his University, a NIH P20 grant that was worth 10.1 million dollars. This grant allowed him to develop the Center for Research in Human Movement Variability. He has also several inventions and has procured a private donation of $6 million to build the 23,000 square feet Biomechanics Research Building that has opened in August of 2013. This is the first building dedicated to biomechanics research in the world. It is also the first building on his campus exclusively dedicated to research. Recently was able to procure 11.6 million to build a 30,000 square feet expansion to this building. 

    "This book is excellent reading for anyone considering or starting a scientific academic career in the USA. it touches upon all the essentials to excel in research. The text is very well structured, with several helpful examples that readers can refer to in their daily work."

    - Federico Formenti, King’s College


    "This book offers practical advice for those beginning careers in biomedical sciences. Most new faculty members do not have experience negotiating a start-up package, writing NIH grants, managing a lab, or dealing with ethical problems. This book offers the sort of important yet practical advice that they do not learn as a part of their PhD studies."

    - Thomas S. Buchanan, University of Delware


    "The book provides essential insight for the novice investigator to ‘hit the ground running.’ The personalized nature provides the authenticity needed to make a connection. The author provides practical advice in key areas of grant writing, publication, time management, ethics, and motivation, but never forgets to emphasize the importance of producing the highest quality science possible."

    • Dr. Robert Full, University of California at Berkeley