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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.

April 02, 2010

Taken for Granted: Trying to Account for Tastes

Research finds that scientists' career-related preferences are far wider than stereotypes suggest -- and that industry is likely to be an excellent choice for many.

June 04, 2010

Taken for Granted: Making a Federal Case of Young Scientists' Concerns

Two issues important to postdocs and other science trainees have been elevated recently to the federal level.

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.

October 01, 2010

Taken for Granted: Making Book on America's Universities

A spate of recent books presents a wide range of analyses -- and some common answers -- about what ails academe.

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.

March 04, 2011

Taken for Granted: Scarlet Letters

Can young scientists publish without a mentor's support?

June 03, 2011

Taken for Granted: Immigrants and Entrepreneurship

Recent research questions some popular estimates of the role of the foreign-born in founding high-tech companies.

July 01, 2011

Taken for Granted: Creating Opportunities

Two university-based jobs programs are helping to boost opportunities for scientists who are already trained.

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.

March 02, 2012

Taken for Granted: Foreign Invasion

What happens when an influx of established talent invades a small research field?

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

January 06, 2006

The Intramural Alternative

"Even extremely negative, stressful postdocs remain tremendous learning experiences and are accompanied with positive experiences if one chooses to seek them ... as I did." --Frank Lee-Bitter