One of the cool, under-the-radar programs the Society for Neuroscience offers during its annual conference is Meet the Experts, where top scientists volunteer to take any and all questions, mostly from grad students and postdocs. The researchers explain a bit about their work, but more about how they got to where they did and what they see in the field today. I attended two chats and wish I could have gone to more; they were an intriguing glimpse into how science is done, behind the posters, formal lectures, and symposia.
Fred "Rusty" Gage claimed that he didn't have a lot of formal career advice for grad students—"I didn't make any plans," he said, following paths that interested him though they crossed disciplines. But he did have plenty to say on targeting research and dealing with criticism.