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    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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    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.

    October 01, 2004

    Ancestors of Science - Prehistoric GM Corn

    October 01, 2004

    Facing Life's Challenges as a Foreign Scientist

    We came to the United States to learn and work, seeking a better life. The challenges we faced were not always easy, but they made us stronger and wiser.

    October 01, 2004

    Seeing the Light

    "I do very advanced programming that targets very advanced research and development that is extremely technically challenging, and clearly having a degree and background in physics makes me the right person to be doing this," says James Pond, co-founder of the software company Lumerical Solutions."

    September 24, 2004

    The Battle Is at the Top

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    September 24, 2004

    Bringing It All Together

    "This is a project that is finally allowing me to relate all I have learned before: electronics, a bit of image processing, a touch of elementary mechanics, and some programming."

    September 24, 2004

    Bioinformatics in the Netherlands: Thriving and Exciting

    "Bioinformatics is a booming field of research in the Netherlands with a lot of opportunities."

    September 24, 2004

    Information Assurance Careers

    "Information assurance specialists should address the evolving nature of the social fabric of their country and of this planet as it becomes more cyber-Internet-electronically based."

    September 24, 2004

    Grid Computing: Crossing the Chasm

    "While the Internet enables computers to communicate with each other, grid computing enables computers to work together."

    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."