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    March 16, 2007

    Tooling Up: Employment Due Diligence, Part 2

    "Companies play favorites. You're either one of the favored few, or you're an orphan stepchild, all depending upon where in the company you work."

    April 06, 2007

    Moving Out of the Shadows: Publishing From the Rest of the World

    "The novice writer makes a big mistake in blaming language knowledge for everything," says Mary Ellen Kerans, chair of the Mediterranean Editors and Translators association in Barcelona, Spain.

    April 20, 2007

    Mind Matters: Culture Shock

    The challenges are both logistical and emotional, and if training and productivity are compromised, scientific careers can be derailed.

    June 08, 2007

    Opportunities: From PDF to IPO, One Scientist's Journey

    "Listen to everyone who has something to say, file the opinions, and make your own decisions anyway." --Avi Spier

    June 29, 2007

    Mastering Your PhD: Strength in Numbers

    “Used properly, this tool will encourage you, and your lab mates, to operate outside your normal mode of thinking.”

    August 24, 2007

    Tooling Up: The Wall

    I can't help wondering why, if only 15% to 20% of grad students and postdocs go on to academic careers, do we describe the career choices of the other 80% as "alternative"?

    August 24, 2007

    Mind Matters: The Complex Biochemistry of Laboratory Friendships

    "Friendships and work relationships have different social norms, and workplace friendships are fraught with fragility and ambiguity," says organizational psychologist Rachel Morrison.

    September 14, 2007

    Undergraduates Ask: Should I Do a Ph.D.?

    Spending some time investigating your interests before starting a Ph.D. will improve the likelihood that you pick a project that keeps your interest over several years.

    October 12, 2007

    Rita Thornton: Turning Obstacles into Steppingstones

    "I explained what I wanted to do. I warned that it would be different from what they were used to. Then I asked if they could help me. And they all agreed." --Rita Thornton

    November 16, 2007

    A Career 'Framework': Guiding Light or Empty Words?

    "If [a career framework] is just going to be a lot of woolly phrases that don't help anyone, then there is no point." --Lee Higham, Newcastle University

    December 21, 2007

    Young Geneticists Making a Difference

    "We are trying to define new syndromes and new diseases in human genetics," says M.D.-Ph.D. Heather Mefford.

    January 18, 2008

    Following the Image

    "For her, that's the ultimate goal, not just for the status of a cover image on a sexy, high-profile journal but rather that this is a beautiful image that people are going to see." --Rebecca Heald

    January 18, 2008

    Mind Matters: Leaving a Lab Gracefully

    "Go through the work in progress and come to an agreement about which parts of it are nearly complete and which parts may be completed by others." --Frederick Maxfield.

    March 07, 2008

    Getting Women Scientists to the Top

    "Having more women at the top could mean that more barriers in [women's] way are broken." --Adelina Huminic-Orzu, European Platform of Women Scientists

    April 11, 2008

    The Truth About Gen Y

    If millennials and their employers can manage to smooth the way, say experts, we can expect great things from Gen Y.

    April 25, 2008

    Plumbing the Green Genome

    "I kind of clicked my heels three times and said there must be a better way." --Carl Simmons

    May 02, 2008

    Taken for Granted: Lost in Space

    "The NIH funding crisis is chronic, systemic, and much worse than reported." --Peter Cariani

    May 09, 2008

    Opportunities: Research Inc.

    A research scientist can differentiate a lab's approach not just by quality--which certainly is important--but also by the "flavor" of the work: the approach to problem-solving, the tools used, and intangibles such as originality and creativity.

    May 16, 2008

    African Americans Studying STEM: Parsing the Numbers

    Incoming African-American students express interest in the sciences, but their rate of attrition is high.

    May 30, 2008

    A Rare Opportunity Into Space

    Luck will play a big role in whether you become an astronaut, so "don't put all your eggs in one basket," suggests ESA astronaut Reinhold Ewald.

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