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    September 13, 2002

    Postdoctoral Training: a European Perspective

    "From the point of view of the host laboratory, postdocs are very often considered to be cheap and easy-to-get labour."

    October 26, 2001

    Patent Agency as a Career: A Well-Kept Secret

    I believe that the profession of patent agency is one of the best-kept secrets in the world of science.

    September 17, 2004

    A Toolkit of Transferable Skills for Postdocs

    We can look at things in a fresh way. ... Originality of thought is our greatest unsung quality.

    May 31, 2002

    Shades of Gray

    "In the case study, a breakdown of communication is making a sticky situation even worse."

    December 02, 2005

    STEPping Up the Production of U.S. Scientists

    The bill allowed NSF to develop a new program to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

    July 16, 2004

    U.K. Government Promises to Shore Up Britain's Science Base

    To bolster the research workforce, the government is promising larger grants for trainee science teachers and doctoral students as well as improved salaries for science teachers and postdocs.

    October 29, 1999


    November 02, 2001

    Transplantation Without a Donor

    "We take these cells that have been grown in the lab and begin seeding the mold to create a new organ. It is like baking a layered cake, one layer at a time," Atala explains.

    February 18, 2000

    TAKING A STAND: Ecologists on a Mission to Save the World

    September 15, 2000

    U.S. Postdocs: Report Urges Better Treatment, Status

    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."

    February 16, 2001

    Postdoc Opportunities: Transitioning to Tech Transfer

    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."

    December 01, 2000

    Solutions to Postdoc Parenting Problems

    May 28, 2004

    Crossing the Atlantic: A Dutch M.D. Discovers American Research

    "It's true that friends and former colleagues back home surely have more lenient work schedules and a different perspective on the work-life balance, but I found that there is a different appeal to working in the United States that outweighs long vacations."

    December 10, 2004

    MentorDoctor: Academia or Finances

    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

    May 24, 2002

    I Am a Medical Illustrator

    "Obviously, if you are the type that gets queasy at the site of blood, then medical illustration is not for you."

    June 06, 2003

    Life on a Barstool

    Looking at my career as a disabled scientist retrospectively, I notice that again and again I've withdrawn into niches.

    December 07, 2001

    The Discovery Campus Masterschool

    The TV station, the customer, is not looking for artists, but for easy-to-sell, mass-appeal productions.

    June 24, 2005

    It's a Small World: Canada's Hub for Nanotech

    The National Institute for Nanotechnology is an integrated, multidisciplinary institution involving researchers in physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, informatics, pharmacy, and medicine.