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    September 24, 2004

    Opportunities in Computer Science Research

    "Something quite unique about computer science: We don't have a postdoc tradition. That's because we have historically had so many positions available in Ph.D.-granting departments and available for fresh Ph.D.s. Traditionally, when you get your Ph.D. [in computer science], you've got some place to go. There was always more demand than there was supply, and industry was soaking up half."

    September 17, 2004

    Navigating by the Numbers

    "Everything on Earth has a location attached to it, and geomatics engineers measure and map that," explains Elizabeth Cannon, world expert in GPS technology. "Software simply is the tool of choice in our tool kit that allows us to test and develop newer and better methodologies."

    September 17, 2004

    Careers in research: the new monasticism

    "I have watched many forced out of the work they love into jobs in which the major consolation is that "at least it provides a career structure."

    September 17, 2004

    Tooling Up: Career Success Factors, Part 3: Creativity in the Job Search

    The daily stimulation of the mind, which he likened in our meeting to "putting on the thinking cap," is both a pleasure and a necessary tool for personal growth.

    September 17, 2004

    A Toolkit of Transferable Skills for Postdocs

    We can look at things in a fresh way. ... Originality of thought is our greatest unsung quality.

    September 17, 2004

    Starting Graduate School: Mathematics Training, Part 2

    September 10, 2004

    SBIR Profile: Clinical Micro Sensors

    "People refer to those things as their mistakes, but I think it's more accurate to say that they help to reduce choices and align the [company's] direction with the right path." --Jon Kayyem

    September 10, 2004

    Business Partnerships for Academic Scientists: the SBIR and STTR Programs

    You don't have to pay any of the money back, the government won't ask for equity in your business, and you keep full control of the intellectual property that you develop. Venture investors--if you can find any--will not be so kind.

    September 10, 2004

    Starting Your Ph.D. on the Right Track

    Due to the high volume of questions received, the CareerDoctor cannot answer all queries on an individual basis. Look for an answer to your question published in this column soon! Thank you!

    September 10, 2004

    Will the Semantic Web Change Science?

    "Among the first adopters and co-creators of the Semantic Web have been scientists who see in the new approach the promise of content-based information retrieval, distributed data mining, and automated Web-service choreography."

    September 10, 2004

    A Scientific World Club

    "I feel that my Marie Curie mobility experience has been a fantastic chance to work with experts in my field from all over the world."

    September 10, 2004

    Bioperl: Open-Source Bioinformatics Tools

    "By making the code available, other people could build upon their work as opposed to having to reinvent solutions."

    September 03, 2004

    Strengthening Research Capacity in the Developing World

    "I like to think of my work as building systems and networks to support researchers, in the same ways that my many mentors helped me at all stages of my educational and professional career."

    September 03, 2004

    The Art of the Artefact

    August 27, 2004

    A Booming Field

    "I don't believe it is essential to possess a sports science degree to go on to a Ph.D. in sports science"

    August 27, 2004

    The Significance of Personal Responsibility

    E-mail your questions for Dr. Clemmons to
    msnadvice@aaas.org.

    August 27, 2004

    Mixing Technology With Culture and Education

    "Whereas I love engineering, design, and technology, I see myself much more at the interface between management and technology, because there I can be close to both fields and can view and control the impact from one side to the other."

    August 20, 2004

    The Other Side of the Table

    There is always the elusive "chemistry" question. How would the interviewing manager and others feel about having you as a member of the department? How would you fit in with the rest of the team? This is akin to what consulting firms refer to as the "airport" test: Could I tolerate being stuck with you in an airport for several hours?

    August 20, 2004

    When Research Is Your Second Career

    My euphoria at being a scientist raises the disturbing question of how I might cope with, well, not being a scientist anymore.

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