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January 26, 2007

Returning to Academia

"I like the fact that I'm steering my own ship in terms of research. I feel like an entrepreneur." --Lance Silverman

February 02, 2007

Working at National Labs: Oak Ridge

"There is no doubt that having these kinds of unique tools available and having the strong multidisciplinary environment that allows for interaction gives us a lot of advantage to better understand science," says Jeff Blackmon, physics division, ORNL.

March 23, 2007

A Question of Balance

"I produce 10 data points that completely undermine what everybody thinks they know about the archaeological record here. It was really important and really interesting, and almost nobody believed me." -Joan Brenner Coltrain

April 20, 2007

MiSciNet Profile: Wilfredo Colón

"This idea of research was foreign to me. I'm sure that had it not been for that opportunity, I would not be a scientist today." --Wilfredo Colón

May 11, 2007

Opening Minds to Ancient Times

"Generally, I find that people are attracted to enthusiasm if it's unfettered and for the right reasons," says Hendrik Poinar, director of McMaster University's Ancient DNA Laboratory.

May 11, 2007

Still Learning

Julia Kempe couldn't bring herself to choose between physics and maths, nor between two graduate institutions. So she did two Ph.D.s at once in quantum computation.

May 18, 2007

Behavioral Scientists Get Off the Trail

Here are six examples of behavioral scientists who have stepped off the academic path into some interesting territory.

May 18, 2007

Public Opinion Research: Measuring Happiness

For behavioral scientists considering a career in public polling research, it helps to have a fascination with numbers.

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

June 22, 2007

Working as a Medical Writer

"I would say that there's definitely enough work to go around." --Emma Hitt

August 10, 2007

An Astrophysicist at La Città della Scienza

"Interactive museums have sprouted around Italy and across Europe as the European Commission and individual nations have placed science-and-society issues higher on the agenda."

October 12, 2007

Rita Thornton: Turning Obstacles into Steppingstones

"I explained what I wanted to do. I warned that it would be different from what they were used to. Then I asked if they could help me. And they all agreed." --Rita Thornton

October 19, 2007

Making a Midlife Change, to Academia

The chance to encourage more women to enter engineering is another reason she joined the University at Buffalo faculty.

November 23, 2007

A Family, a Laboratory, and an EMBO Award

Sandrine Etienne-Manneville "knew exactly what she was doing, where the project was going, and what needed to be done," says former postdoc supervisor Alan Hall.

November 30, 2007

Big Science at a Small College

"Andrea treats me like someone who’s intelligent enough to run a laboratory experiment by himself, but she’s always there for questions. She’ll have a long conversation with a former student who’s visiting from med school, or talk to us about our futures, or hang out and discuss TV. She’s your friend, and she cares about you." --Matthew Mansh

December 14, 2007

Short-Term Science

Sometimes, accepting a contract position is what an employee needs to jump-start a career.

January 11, 2008

The Accidental Palaeontologist

Above: The
Apatosaurus (
Brontosaurus) Mike Taylor's dad drew for him when Taylor was 8 years old.

January 11, 2008

In Person: A Career Home Run

[Working in product management] was intellectually stimulating but not emotionally engaging. What did engage me was baseball statistics.

March 14, 2008

Finding Industry Funding

If somebody inside the company is pulling while you’re pushing, stuff tends to get done a lot faster and a lot more effectively.” - David Rosen, Pfizer

March 21, 2008

Ahead of Her Time

"The key is to take advantage of whatever assets you have in your life. Get everything you possibly can out of your opportunities," says Aifantis's former high school principal, Kass Simila.

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