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    March 19, 2004

    The Sweet Side of Venom: Center for Applied Toxinology

    While pharmaceutical companies spend millions of dollars searching for pharmacological compounds through extensive screening of chemical libraries, for millions of years snakes have designed their own blockbuster drugs with the help of natural selection only.

    March 18, 2004

    Quitting, or not Quitting a PhD

    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!

    March 12, 2004

    The Role of Academic Departments in Diversity Issues

    "Is the attainment of diversity in the university setting the responsibility of the faculty or of the upper administration?"

    March 12, 2004

    Mathematical and Theoretical Biology: A European Perspective

    "The European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology was founded in 1991 to promote theoretical approaches and mathematical tools in the life sciences in a European and wider context."

    March 12, 2004

    Meet the Netherlands Editor

    "It makes life a lot easier to put your decisions into perspective, in that they are less likely to keep you awake at night."

    March 12, 2004

    Academic Preparation for Modern Drug Discovery

    "Improvements in the technologies involved in screening of drugs for target sites, including the use of high-throughput screening procedures, recombinant DNA techniques, combinatorial chemistry, and new computing methods, have markedly increased the number of compounds that can be tested for their ability to bind to the target."

    March 12, 2004

    Getting a Grip on the Chaos

    "Dare to throw things away: What you have not needed for months, you will probably never need again."

    March 12, 2004

    Hablemos Genomics: Engaging Latinos in the Future of Genomic Science

    "The purpose of the meeting was to identify and prioritize realistic opportunities for NHGRI to expand its outreach into the Latino community."

    March 05, 2004

    Tying It Together

    This article comes to you through a collaboration between Next Wave and Science's aging knowledge environment,
    SAGE KE. The joint venture is supported by the
    AARP Andrus Foundation.

    March 05, 2004

    Personalized Drugs, Personalized Careers

    "There isn't a pharmaceutical company that doesn't want these people. [Fellowship participants] are getting calls from headhunters 6 months or a year before they've finished." --Dave Flockhart, professor of medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

    March 05, 2004

    A Career in Drug Discovery and Development

    "An entire industry depends on the timely discovery and development of new medications--an outstanding and growing opportunity for young scientists."

    February 27, 2004

    Adding to the Sum of Biological Knowledge

    Holders of University Research Fellowships are absolved from departmental administration and teaching duties to pursue interesting (and potentially risk-prone) research questions.

    February 27, 2004

    Discovering Potentials and Possibilities

    The most uplifting moments for me are those when a biological question generates new mathematically interesting theories and results and when these results give new insights into the original biological problem.

    February 27, 2004

    The Mathematical Biology Job Market

    "If some significant fraction of the NIH budget is going to large-scale projects, and a substantial fraction of each project's budget goes into informatics, that translates into a lot of jobs." --David States, professor of bioinformatics, University of Washington

    February 27, 2004

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 24: Casualty of War: Micella Loses a Co-worker

    Unfortunately many of us get tripped up in the hurdles, because we lack preparation, confidence, test-taking ability, motivation ... not necessarily because we don't have potential as scientists.

    February 27, 2004

    Wasted Talents--Women Scientists in Eastern and Central Europe

    "Women are squeezed out of competitive, high-expenditure R&D systems, but absorbed into struggling low-expenditure systems as a kind of 'back-up' human resource," the report highlights.

    February 20, 2004

    Nature or Nurture? My Mathematical Biology Upbringing

    "Opportunities in mathematical biology are now excellent."

    February 13, 2004

    European Web Sites to Watch: The Life Sciences Mobility Consultancy

    February 13, 2004

    The Mathematical Biosciences Institute

    "Whether they aim for a more lab-oriented experience or lean more to the modeling and computational side, postdocs are able to consult with experimentalists, theorists, and experts of every kind."

    February 13, 2004

    When Students Want to Change Mentors

    Editor's note: MiSciNet's "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
    rarnette@aaas.org.

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