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    December 10, 2013

    Rent-a-Scientist Spreading?

    According to a source quoted in Chemical & Engineering News, about half of researchers retained by the pharmaceutical industry in the next 2 years are likely to be temps.

    August 05, 2013

    Study Examines Which Faculty Members Retire—and Which Don’t

    The faculty members who hang on to their jobs, apparently, have smaller pensions and nothing else to do.

    Taken for Granted
    September 24, 2013

    Academia's Money Troubles

    According to a report, about a third of academic institutions are on precarious financial footing.

    January 19, 2007

    Dealing With Deception

    "I think it becomes more difficult [to cheat] when the student knows what the professor knows and the professor knows what the student knows." --Adil Shamoo

    Taken for Granted
    December 06, 2013

    The Gift of Good Advice

    A new book aims to help young academics, in the sciences and other fields, navigate academia's rough terrain.

    Taken for Granted
    February 12, 2014

    Defending Oneself from "Product Defense"

    An article in The New Yorker describes an endocrinologist's battle against a company's attempts to discredit his science.

    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

    May 06, 2011

    When Will They Ever Learn?

    Another needless death at a university research facility points up the scandal of lax safety standards in academe.

    December 03, 2004

    NSF Workshop on the Postdoc Experience Calls for "Culture Change"

    Correcting the problems and inequities that bedevil postdocs will require changing the culture of labs and universities across the country, and the National Science Foundation can and should take steps to catalyze reform.

    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

    October 07, 2011

    A Way to Improve Lab-Safety Culture?

    A former lab manager argues that modern information systems hold the key to safer academic labs.

    December 02, 2011

    A Blueprint for Safety Action Now

    The Chemical Safety Board's report on the Texas Tech explosion is essential reading for anyone in charge of an academic lab.

    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

    April 28, 2014

    A Career Bringing Physics to Medicine

    Physicists, too, can apply their scientific training to curing disease and alleviating human suffering.

    May 01, 2009

    The Burning Question of Laboratory Safety

    In the wake of a lab worker's death, experts warn that many academic labs are unsafe.

    July 06, 2012

    A Stellar Opportunity

    Two reports propose significant reforms for graduate students and postdocs.