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March 26, 2010

Structuring a Career Around Gallium Nitride

An early success in growing indium gallium nitride quantum dots put the career of material scientist Rachel Oliver on a fast track.

April 02, 2010

Taken for Granted: Trying to Account for Tastes

Research finds that scientists' career-related preferences are far wider than stereotypes suggest -- and that industry is likely to be an excellent choice for many.

April 02, 2010

Profiles in Technological Adaptation

With assists from technology -- sometimes high and sometimes low -- these scientists are overcoming obstacles and getting their work done.

April 09, 2010

Scientists Embrace Openness

A few scientists are going to great lengths to make everything they do in the lab transparent, often in real time.

April 16, 2010

Conventions of Scientific Authorship

The rules and conventions of authorship are ever-changing and rarely clear, but early-career scientists need to master them.

April 23, 2010

Mythbusting for Academics: Considering a Job in Biotech/Pharma

Although academia and industry differ in many ways, the two environments are ultimately more similar than they are different.

May 14, 2010

Peering Inside the Social Brain

Advances in neuroimaging technology have fueled an explosion of research -- and research careers -- exploring how the brain processes social information.

May 14, 2010

Taken for Granted: Intimate Collaborators

Scientists' strong propensity to pair up romantically, research shows, can either help or hurt their careers.

May 21, 2010

Hard Work and Drive Propel a Scientist From China to the United States

A passion for learning led University of California, Berkeley, virologist Fenyong Liu across the Pacific and into top American labs.

June 11, 2010

Designing a Career in Biomedical Engineering

Engineers, biologists, mathematicians, physicists, and chemists can all contribute to the development of medical devices and assistance technologies.

June 18, 2010

Changing Oceans: Viewing Coral Reefs Through a Cultural Lens

Human geographer Joshua Cinner studies how people and coral reefs interact, information that informs coral reef–management decisions.

June 25, 2010

Trusting the Public

On the theory that everyone's an expert on their own environment, scientists are figuring out how to tap the experiences and observations of nonscientists.

July 30, 2010

Feeding your Research into the Policy Debate

Early-career scientists who want their research to inform policymaking need to learn how to navigate the public arena and communicate effectively.

August 06, 2010

Taken for Granted: Creating Your Own Credibility

Based in Alaska, a nonprofit research institute founded and run by a group of independent researchers has permitted decades of scientific work.

August 13, 2010

Improving Science through Animal Welfare

First trained as a biology and geology teacher, Portuguese researcher Nuno Henrique Franco looks to improve science by improving animal welfare.

August 20, 2010

A Cosmologist Resists Academia's Work-Life Norms

Sarah Bridle has carved out a successful career while resisting long hours and personal sacrifices.

August 27, 2010

Making Team Science Work: Advice From a Team

A long-term commitment and a supportive environment allow the Yale Melanoma Research Group to excel.

September 24, 2010

Focus on Germany

With the German Government now five years into a major program for investment in scientific research and innovation, we take a look at the new career opportunities that have opened up.

September 24, 2010

Don't Worry, I'm (Un)Professional: A Guide to Your Laboratory Colleagues

Our Experimental Error columnist asks, "Who are the people in your fume hood?"

September 24, 2010

Making Each Other More Human

The 50-year partnership of Donald and Ada Olins is based on good communication and a shared passion for chromatin structure.