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June 01, 2012

Doing Science While Female

A new book looks at science careers across the stages of women's lives.

April 29, 2005

Not Your Father's Postdoc

"The number one thing that every postdoc needs to think about is what they want to do when they grow up." - Ida Chow, executive officer of the Society of Developmental Biology

March 04, 2011

Taken for Granted: Scarlet Letters

Can young scientists publish without a mentor's support?

March 04, 2005

Gender and Scientific Achievement: Views from the Bench

"Before the kids, I pondered molecular biology questions while relaxing in the shower. Now, post-kids, I ponder how to stop the bickering and how to feed and clothe them. Gone are the hours of solitude for thinking."

March 07, 2008

Mastering the Job Market

Professional science master's degrees, like the Master of Business Administration degree on which they are modeled, are designed as terminal credentials for people seeking science-based careers outside of academe.

March 05, 2010

Taken for Granted: Labor Unions and Postdoc Disputes

His life in tatters, one former UMass postdoc sues his college and his adviser as postdocs on three UMass campuses unionize.

July 02, 2004

The Incredible Shrinking Tenure Track

"Key to the problematic status of most non-tenure-track scientists is universities' widespread refusal to allow them to apply for their own research funding, the
sine qua non of scientific credibility."

March 02, 2007

A "Hippocratic Oath" for Scientists?

Jones believes that senior scientists have "lost a sense of accountability to the next generation insofar as all of our interests in them are self interests ... so that
our career can get advanced but not necessarily
their career."

December 05, 2008

Taken for Granted: Can Early-Career Scientists Believe in Change?

Postdocs' prospects are dimmed by the new Administration's many competing priorities and a lack of understanding at the highest levels of the scientific work-force glut.

August 05, 2005

Making it Great for Everyone

"Our main target ... is [for] the postdocs being trained to go out and get jobs of their own. There are so many different types of jobs that it's hard to provide a good training environment that's right for everybody. So we're trying to figure out what types of things people would like to have." -John Lipscomb

May 14, 2004

Looking for Jobs in All the Right Places

Far too many postdocs let unrealistic expectations lead them to become apathetic about their own career development.

October 24, 2003

Living a Double Life

Running a productive lab is the career's greatest challenge. It requires lessons not included in medical and scientific training.

April 02, 2004

A Union Contract Aimed at Preserving the Postdoc Experience

The postdocs take particular pride that dire predictions of spoiled relationships with mentors have not come true. The negotiations, in Wallace's words, "were very harmonious and productive."

July 01, 2005

Hughes, Burroughs-Wellcome Course Launches Initiative in Career-Skills Education

Although the course emphasized a few issues that are unique to academia, many of the subjects covered--general management, project planning, time management, and interpersonal principles--are crucial to all professionals, no matter what career they ultimately choose to pursue.

October 06, 2006

Who We Are As Scientists

“The pressure [in science] is enormous. When I was running the IBM research labs, that was one of my biggest challenges [in] sustaining quality.” --Randy Isaac

June 08, 2007

Living the Issue

"To me, having a Ph.D. and being a professor is a lifelong learning experience. The degree, to me, is to teach you how to teach yourself later on." --Adil Shamoo

August 05, 2011

Taken for Granted: Everything Money Can Buy

The vast wealth of the oil-rich Arab states is creating opportunities for scientists who can stand the heat.

November 04, 2011

Taken for Granted: Getting to Aaahhh!

A former postdoc finds teaching high school a deeply satisfying career.

May 07, 2004

Looking Forward, Looking Backward

"The ivory tower is getting worn and dingy [and] the provost sold the ivory ... to build the new administration wing." --Phil Clifford

November 03, 2006

Betting the Farm

“You bet your career. We bet ten million dollars.” --Gerald Rubin