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January 28, 2011

Experimental Error: Lies, Damned Lies, and Seminars

For all the naïve and gullible graduate students out there, here is a handy guide to what those speakers are really saying.

January 14, 2011

Perspective: Stumbling Through History: Discovering Unsung African-American Chemists

Two chemists uncover the story of the Knox brothers, who had distinguished careers in chemistry at a time when that was a very difficult thing to do for African Americans.

January 07, 2011

Taken for Granted: Stormy Weather

Recent reports from the National Academies see no break in the clouds over the scientific labor market.

December 17, 2010

Breakthrough of the Year: Bridging the Quantum and the Classical Worlds

Ph.D. student Aaron O'Connell was able to induce and measure quantum effects in the motion of a micrometer-sized mechanical oscillator.

December 10, 2010

Serving a Nation's Health

Scientists working in and around the United Kingdom's National Health Service can have a direct impact on public health.

December 10, 2010

Perspective: Joining NSF's Culture of Communication

A rhetorician reports the results of his research on communicating with the National Science Foundation.

December 03, 2010

Choosing Between Science and Caring?

Research suggests that many able women view careers in hard science as inimical to important values.

November 26, 2010

Perspective: Residency 101 for Physician-Scientists

Future physician-scientists should ask three questions when choosing a residency: What field? What type of residency? Which program?

November 19, 2010

Responsible Conduct of Research for Junior Researchers

In science, you have to be careful to be ethical.

November 12, 2010

Working With Industry Under a Microscope

Regulations seem to discourage academic scientists from partnering with industry, but such collaboration is essential to translational research.

November 05, 2010

Perspective: Put Integrity High on Your To-Do List

Research integrity is the sum of all the routine decisions that scientists make every day.

October 08, 2010

Fostering Respect And Innovation Communication Is Key

Every science-based company has a set of values or a mission statement. Many talk about respecting employees and valuing innovation—two key criteria in Science’s Top Employers Survey. But the top companies in Science’s survey ensure that these abstract principles are embodied in concrete ways.

September 24, 2010

Don't Worry, I'm (Un)Professional: A Guide to Your Laboratory Colleagues

Our Experimental Error columnist asks, "Who are the people in your fume hood?"

September 24, 2010

Making Each Other More Human

The 50-year partnership of Donald and Ada Olins is based on good communication and a shared passion for chromatin structure.

September 24, 2010

Focus on Germany

With the German Government now five years into a major program for investment in scientific research and innovation, we take a look at the new career opportunities that have opened up.

August 27, 2010

Making Team Science Work: Advice From a Team

A long-term commitment and a supportive environment allow the Yale Melanoma Research Group to excel.

August 20, 2010

A Cosmologist Resists Academia's Work-Life Norms

Sarah Bridle has carved out a successful career while resisting long hours and personal sacrifices.

August 13, 2010

Improving Science through Animal Welfare

First trained as a biology and geology teacher, Portuguese researcher Nuno Henrique Franco looks to improve science by improving animal welfare.

August 06, 2010

Taken for Granted: Creating Your Own Credibility

Based in Alaska, a nonprofit research institute founded and run by a group of independent researchers has permitted decades of scientific work.

July 30, 2010

Feeding your Research into the Policy Debate

Early-career scientists who want their research to inform policymaking need to learn how to navigate the public arena and communicate effectively.