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    October 03, 2003

    Starting Down the MD/PhD Track

    "Even though I was initially drawn to the more prominent members of an institution's faculty--the ones I was most likely to have heard of before joining the institution--I quickly found myself paying more attention to younger investigators and their new perspectives on larger research problems."

    October 03, 2003

    Can Labor Unions Work for Postdocs?

    "I don't think that a union and a professional society are mutually exclusive," said NPA spokesperson Orfeu Buxton.

    October 03, 2003

    Balancing Career, Motherhood, and Widowhood (…and Remarriage!)

    I finally got the "PI thing" figured out--and have started believing that maybe I'll make it to tenure someday soon.

    October 03, 2003

    Clinicians Put Research Life Under the Microscope

    Moving from research to clinical work and back to research slows down career development.

    October 03, 2003

    The Dutch Case - Case Closed?

    "If we have the audacity to believe that we can find cures for cancer and understand the human genome, why should it be hard to believe that we can fix the culture of our profession?" -- Nancy Edwards, professor, Harvard Medical School

    October 03, 2003

    A Dual-Career Dream--Or Double the Trouble?

    "Go for it--it's great fun and there are lots of career openings for properly trained clinical researchers," says David Edwards, professor of neonatal medicine.

    October 03, 2003

    Stale Bagels, Fresh Science

    "I am deeply bothered by the prospect of constantly learning things that are discovered by others--not by me--and well known to everyone who takes the time to pick up a journal."

    October 03, 2003

    For the Love of Nature

    Are you interested in biology, but not in going to medical school? Looking for something unique to do with your math degree? Try ecology!

    September 26, 2003

    Science Advisors Part 1: Starting Out

    I still don't know if I am successful, but I sure like this job.

    September 26, 2003

    Life and Research in the Netherlands, Part 1: Language and Culture

    "When you do get invited to a party, make sure you know what you're getting into. ..."

    September 26, 2003

    A Stimulating Environment

    "For me, working in a stimulating environment with people who do not let their extensive disabilities get them down gives me that extra boost every time."

    September 26, 2003

    Lessons Learned: Scientific Expression

    "I soon learned that alternative methods of expression could improve the quality of science and that if I was going to be successful in America, I would have to adapt to my new surroundings."

    September 26, 2003

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 20: Two Roads Diverged, Redux

    I decided I wanted to work on something else and, all of a sudden, [my adviser's] interest in me dried up, as did funding for a research assistantship; I've been TA-ing ever since.

    September 26, 2003

    One Giant Leap for Womankind

    She enjoyed being able to explain a physical situation with an equation and solve that equation for a tangible solution. In her words, she "had a knack for it."

    September 19, 2003

    The Value of 'Two-Way Assimilation,' Part I

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    September 19, 2003

    Of Quantum Dots and Life in Japan

    One of the great things about NTT is that it offers “culture classes” during lunchtime where foreigners like me can experience a more historical and cultural aspect of Japan.

    September 19, 2003

    NSF Activities in Japan

    The portfolio of NSF-sponsored activities in Japan (and elsewhere in East Asia) provides a menu of exciting, career-expanding activities for junior science and technology researchers.

    September 12, 2003

    Kangaroos and Overachievers

    The GrantDoctor is here to help! Send questions to Please put "GDR" in the subject header of your E-mail message.

    September 12, 2003

    Academic Scientists at Work: I Can't Believe They Didn't Like It!

    "The key now is to know how to move forward, to understand the appropriate roles of the reviewer and the reviewed, and to determine how to respond to critiques so that you get that grant funded, eventually, or that paper accepted."

    September 12, 2003

    Bully for Biotech

    Biotechnology is about opportunity. And risk.