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    November 05, 2004

    Researchers Back a 70-Page Reform

    Doctoral students should be given proper pay and conditions, and postdocs should be given associate researcher contracts of up to 3 years.

    October 29, 2004

    Collaboratories: Encouraging Remote Scientific Collaboration

    "The National Academy of Sciences has recognized the potential of collaboratories and sponsored initiatives to show how technology can transcend geography and bring scientists in remote locations closer together."

    October 29, 2004

    Mobility Portals Open Gates to Estonia

    "The Estonian Network of Mobility Centres and Researchers Mobility Portal aim to help the country open the doors to its research landscape."

    October 29, 2004

    Gatekeepers of Innovation

    I still feel that I am very much in touch with science, only without the burden of having to do bench work 60-hours-plus a week," says Daniel Begin, a senior patent examiner at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

    October 22, 2004

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse, Chapter 32: Money or Science: Who Do You Love?

    If I'm a competitive student, with a very good record and lots of promise, my decision on what grad school to attend will probably depend on pay, faculty, and facilities. In that order.

    October 22, 2004

    Destination Germany? A Researcher's Mobility Tool

    October 22, 2004

    Acquiring Student Funding for International Research

    "Many institutions offer international funding opportunities. They include individual colleges and universities, federal and state/provincial agencies, nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, and discipline-based professional societies."

    October 22, 2004

    Educated Woman: The Grad-School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse, Chapter 32: Money or Science, Who Do You Love?

    If I'm a competitive student, with a very good record and lots of promise, my decision on what grad school to attend will probably depend on pay, faculty, and facilities. In that order.

    October 22, 2004

    Finding Your Own "Family Values"

    E-mail your questions for Dr. Clemmons to

    October 22, 2004

    Success in Academia: Recipe From a Serial Award Winner

    "Now there are more opportunities for Spanish scientists abroad to come back and start their own group," Maria Blasco says.

    October 15, 2004

    Bringing Closure to Your Project

    The downtime between projects is a rare and precious momentary mental freedom.

    October 15, 2004

    An Open Letter to Administrators and Faculty

    Recognize that your students are there to get a degree, first and foremost, but realize that they can contribute to your community.

    October 15, 2004

    An Unexpected Detour

    "People like me are under no obligation to serve the United States, just like the United States is under no obligation to employ me as a scientist." --Haitham Idriss

    October 15, 2004

    ERA-MORE: Networking and Mobilisation in One

    "With this portal the whole of Europe is at your feet."

    October 08, 2004

    Researching in Silico

    [H]er team currently consists of an impressively diverse group including computer scientists, physicists, biochemists, and chemists.

    October 08, 2004

    Developing International Networks in Science and Technology

    "The Chinese Association of Science and Technology is one organization that arose to promote personal and professional development among Chinese scientists, architects, and engineers living in the United States."

    October 08, 2004

    Academic Scientists at Work: The Red Herring

    "Good scientific practice with clear hypotheses--including experimental designs with solid positive and negative controls--should eliminate most errors that might send your research group down a wrong path."

    October 08, 2004

    Choosing the Right Postdoc

    If former postdocs are tending to remain in academia and are successful, do the long-term benefits outweigh the short-term stress of working for a difficult person?

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    CareerDoctor today!

    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!

    October 08, 2004

    The Making of a Mentor

    Editor's note: MiSciNet's "Dear MentorDoctor" will appear every other month and is designed to help mentors and students with situations that commonly arise in academia. Do you have questions for MiSciNet's MentorDoctor team? Please send inquiries to

    October 01, 2004

    Tough Times Ahead No Matter Who Wins

    [F]or all the stump-speech hyperbole, a single, remorseless reality must govern the next president's actions, no matter who he is. The huge budget deficit, the war in Iraq, and the war on terrorism will combine to squeeze federal scientific agencies not directly involved in defense, homeland security, or several earmarked projects. Competing for scarce funds with a myriad of other money-strapped domestic agencies, the civilian science agencies face the likelihood of budget cuts, some quite substantial.