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    October 07, 2015

    A new kind of visa ‘creativity’

    Recent cases of H-1B visa abuse in academe could indicate a growing trend

    October 01, 2015

    How African Americans at NASA helped remake the segregated South

    A new book explores the connection between the 1960s moonshot and the end of the Jim Crow era in the United States.

    September 10, 2015

    An academic 'poaching' lawsuit from a scientist who didn’t move

    North Carolina universities sued for agreement to not hire each other’s employees

    August 26, 2015

    Link funding to lab safety, Sheri Sangji’s sister says

    Safety will be prioritized if funding depends on it, Naveen Sangji argued at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting.

    August 13, 2015

    Writing tips for reaching the public

    Katie L. Burke, associate editor at the American Scientist, offers advice about writing for a general audience.

    August 10, 2015

    Achieving gender equity at conferences

    A new paper describes how this year’s American Society for Microbiology meeting achieved gender equity.

    August 06, 2015

    As research teams grow, academic career prospects may shrink

    A recent survey found that the larger the research project team, the more it functions like a small factory, with implications for the training and career prospects of young scientists.

    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.

    July 23, 2015

    Journeying back in time with ancient DNA

    Three young researchers establish careers in the exciting field of ancient DNA.

    July 20, 2015

    Calling on all academics to stand up for academic freedom

    A new report highlights the use of violence, coercion, and threats to silence scholars around the world.

    July 16, 2015

    The space roboticist

    Vandi Verma is one of the few people in the world qualified to drive on Mars.

    June 30, 2015

    Choosing your postdoc position

    Of all the decisions that academics must make during their careers, choosing a successful postdoc position is probably one of the most important.

    June 11, 2015

    Your thesis, in 3 minutes

    If you think writing your thesis is challenging, try explaining your project to a lay audience in 180 seconds.

    June 10, 2015

    Aligning career expectations with academic reality

    More tenured employment opportunities must be given to young scientists, but they also ought to recalibrate their career expectations, a new report says.

    May 13, 2015

    Depression afflicts almost half of STEM graduate students at UC Berkeley

    Report of survey results highlights challenges to graduate student well-being

    May 07, 2015

    Treading a different track

    Scientists with a love of teaching can find satisfaction in academia without tenure.

    April 15, 2015

    Charting the careers of European researchers

    The European charter and code of conduct have been around for 10 years. What have they done to improve scientists' lives?

    April 13, 2015

    STEM study: Women twice as likely to be hired as comparably qualified men

    The study “will definitely make people think more thoroughly and more subtly” about the issue, says psychologist Virginia Valian of Hunter College in New York City.

    March 04, 2015

    Staffing labs for optimal productivity

    Both the size and composition of academic labs, a study shows, affect the number of papers they publish in high-impact journals.

    January 28, 2015

    Scientists under the microscope

    In an era when scientists are increasingly exposed, they need to be careful to distinguish between scientific criticism and personal attacks.