Vivian provides three functions for the department. First, she develops training and coaching opportunities for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students about effective scientific communication, provides ad hoc editorial consulting regarding publishing efforts, and acts as an in-house tutor for the community on all forms of communication. Second, she advises the Department Head on the development and implementation of the department’s communications strategy for external and internal communications in all forms (web, print, social media, etc.); creates oral, visual, and written reports about research for different audiences; and works with the communications coordinator to expand the reach of department communications. Third, she acts as a professional advisor for trainees looking to transition into careers in academic publishing or science communications. In addition to her work at MIT, Vivian serves as a consultant for the Global Biological Standards Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to improving pre-clinical research quality, by crafting training programs to improve data reproducibility and rigor, and as a Senior Editorial Advisor for the online journal Bio-protocol.
Vivian earned the Broad Institute Award for Excellence in Mentorship/Teaching/Training in 2013 and the UCSF 150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award in 2015. She is a member of the Louis Round Wilson Academy, the American Society for Cell Biology, the Genetics Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is also the chair of the Board of Directors for Open Source Wellness and the chair of the advisory board for the U Mass Medical School BEST program.
- Susan Lindquist: a tribute. Siegel, V. 2017. Dis Model Mech 10, 1-2.
- Effect of recommendations from reviewers suggested or excluded by authors. Moore, JL, Neilson, EG, Siegel, V, Associate Editors at Journal of American Society of Nephrology. 2011. J. Am. Soc. Nephrol. 22, 1598-602.
- Reproducibility in research. Siegel, V. 2011. Dis Model Mech 4, 279-80.
- Resources, repositories and rewards. Siegel, V. Dis Model Mech 2, 423-5.
- I kid you not. Siegel, V. Dis Model Mech 2, 5-6.
- The promise of peer review. Siegel, V. Dis Model Mech 1, 73-7.
- pipsqueak, an early acting member of the posterior group of genes, affects vasa level and germ cell-somatic cell interaction in the developing egg chamber. Siegel, V, Jongens, TA, Jan, LY, Jan, YN. 1993. Development 119, 1187-202.
- Each of the activities of signal recognition particle (SRP) is contained within a distinct domain: analysis of biochemical mutants of SRP. Siegel, V, Walter, P. 1988. Cell 52, 39-49.
- Removal of the Alu structural domain from signal recognition particle leaves its protein translocation activity intact. Siegel, V, Walter, P. Nature 320, 81-4.