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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

February 02, 2007

Contemptuous Irresolution

"In the current environment, any increase is welcome." --Dave Moore, AAMC

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."

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 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

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.

January 04, 2008

Feeling the Elephant

"All the people who put the reports together have one or another of their personal needs fulfilled … but it doesn’t help the nation." - Vivek Wadhwa

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

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.

January 02, 2009

Taken for Granted: Brother, Can You Spare a Temporary Worker Visa?

In hard economic times, the controversial H-1B visa program, which lowers wages for Americans while exposing foreign scientists to the whims of employers, needs major reform.

March 06, 2009

Taken for Granted: Shovel-Ready Science

How the stimulus affects the scientific labor market depends on what comes after it.

April 03, 2009

Taken for Granted: The Jackpot's Consequences

As science-funding agencies begin to dispense the huge stimulus appropriation, opinions about its ultimate impact on early-career scientists are mixed.

August 07, 2009

Taken for Granted: Doing Something About the Postdoc Mess

Two new initiatives seek to prepare postdocs for off-campus careers.

October 02, 2009

Taken for Granted: Is a New Model Needed for Breakthrough Science?

Traditional PI-centered research can't solve today's big technological problems, a lab leader asserts.

November 13, 2009

Taken for Granted: Shocked, Shocked! to Find Disappointment on Campus

A new book takes a revealing look at careers in academic science.

January 08, 2010

Taken for Granted: A Shot at Transforming America's Energy Future

A postdoc's new company wins one the 37 coveted first-round ARPA-E grants.

February 05, 2010

Taken for Granted: Where Two Issues Stand

Concern for lab safety advances -- slowly -- while University of California postdoc contract negotiations stall.

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.

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