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    June 24, 2011

    Experimental Error: What Happens in the Lab Stays in the Lab

    Our labs are science-based mini-societies -- so why do we run them in the same arbitrary and bureaucratic way as the rest of the world?

    December 02, 2011

    To Replicate or Not To Replicate?

    Graduate students need to decide whether to spend time replicating other scientists' data.

    March 05, 1999

    Intellectual Property: Do You Own Your Invention?

    July 14, 2000

    Positively Change the World (In Ways You Never Thought Possible)

    March 28, 2003

    Making an Impact

    "Dupont...had an idea he believed in and thought that he could make an impact faster if he took the industry route."

    December 21, 2001

    Universities Raise Their Game, But the Money Doesn't Flow

    55% of researchers now work in departments of international standing, compared to 31% just 5 years ago.

    August 29, 2003

    Astronomers Reflect on Graduate Education

    "What we were able to convey to meeting participants is that it is a time of progress and change in astronomy in Canada."

    July 05, 2002

    Contract Versus Tenure: Which Way to Go?

    Universities will argue that as employers they must have the ability to adapt rapidly ... contracted staff would meet this need, but I do not think it would be beneficial to the university to have a huge turnover in staff. Any expertise gained by academics would be rapidly lost due to the continuous turnover of staff.

    October 17, 2003

    No on Proposition 54, Part 1

    "The proposition would have banned colleges and universities in the state from collecting and using most racial and ethnic information. "

    June 20, 2014

    Elsewhere in Science, 20 June 2014

    More on the STAP cell case ... aggressive spiders ... Working Life ... NIH Bear ...

    June 25, 2014

    What’s Your Science Degree Worth?

    Yes, a new study says, going to college does make financial sense—especially if you major in a STEM field (or business).

    November 14, 2008

    Learning to Let Go While Trusting Your Data

    Newly independent investigators must take responsibility for ensuring the integrity of their laboratory's data even as their direct control over that data declines.

    March 16, 2001

    Science in the USA: Postdoc Experience at Rockefeller

    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

    January 21, 2005

    Uncovering the Situation of PhD Students in Germany

    An excellent doctoral education should not be left to chance.

    September 26, 2013

    Funding Cuts Ravage Academic Laboratories

    Science funding cuts are piling up and causing layoffs; will tenure-track faculty be next?

    February 27, 1998

    Self-Assessment Exercises: A GRE for Your Ego and Superego

    PETER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK, "TO BOLDLY GO: A PRACTICAL CAREER GUIDE FOR SCIENTISTS" PREVIOUS COLUMNS "...
    May 21, 2015

    Dr., No: Science career roadblocks

    Our columnist lists and describes the most common roadblocks faced by those pursuing science careers.

    July 29, 2015

    Countering gender bias at conferences

    Female speakers are underrepresented at some conferences, but a vocal group of advocates is working to address the problem.

    October 27, 2000

    Cheminformatics: Your Personal Ticket Into the Thriving Biotech World?

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