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December 28, 2012

Science Careers 2012: The Year's Best Stories

The best and most popular stories of 2012, as chosen by readers and editors.

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."

November 30, 2007

GREAT Expectations

GREAT is now transforming its committee on postdocs into a body that will have its own independent, university-appointed membership, elected leadership, and meetings.

August 04, 2006

NIH Urges Career Training and Tracking

"Programs should provide all NRSA trainees with additional professional development skills and career guidance."

December 01, 2006

It Ain't Over Till It's Over

"If [the union] is open, honest, and transparent, I think that postdocs at UCSF would welcome discussion." --Anne T. Union

February 03, 2006

A Bridge to Independence

”Nothing is more important than supporting the new investigators early. … In the press of budget adjustment, we do not jeopardize the seeds of the future.” --Elias Zerhouni

August 03, 2007

The Curt Flood Effect

"We hear persistent reports of postdocs and other folks working on grants who are either forbidden to take maternity leave or told that if they do, they'll be fired." --Joan Williams

October 05, 2007

Making Mentoring Mandatory

"If, in the course of the day, faculty spend some time talking about their career and careers in general, it wouldn’t be something they would have to keep a note of in a logbook and say, ‘Oh, this isn’t research-related.’ ”--Joseph Ellis

April 04, 2008

Taken for Granted: Help Is on the Way (for Some)

Early-career issues for postdocs and other researchers who deserve better

May 02, 2008

Taken for Granted: Lost in Space

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

May 25, 2012

Content Collection: Lab Management

New group leaders need to learn how to manage people, projects, finances, and more.

September 01, 2006

Postdoc Unionization Drive Reaches a Climax in California

“We very much support employees’ rights to choose for themselves whether or not they think unionization is beneficial.” --Paul Schwartz

May 05, 2006

A Novel Look at Postdocs

"Nowadays," she continued, "people have much more freedom in their personal lives and professional choices than they did when they were sold to an apprenticeship in the old days, and yet, at the same time, they're buying into this almost feudal system in which once you dedicate a certain number of years, you are bound by the amount of time you've spent." --Allegra Goodman

June 02, 2006

Northern Exposure

"We need to tell society and our community that [postdocs] exist and play a major role in our research labs and our research organization." --Gary Slater, dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of Ottawa.

November 03, 2006

Betting the Farm

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

March 03, 2006

The State of the Union

"There’s a second way of evaluating this, in terms of the intangibles, things that you get out of it that don’t fill your stomach but that fill your soul: respect, which I think is number one; the ability to go to work and not have to put up with being treated like a second-class citizen." --John Wagner

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

Hal Salzman
April 29, 2013

Hal Salzman

Why do industry leaders and policymakers continue to argue that there is a domestic shortage of STEM talent despite numerous reports to the contrary?