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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."

    April 13, 2007

    Huddled Masses

    “Reduced economic opportunities in some fields relative to others … may be an important factor driving native students to enter particular occupations and avoid others.” --George Borjas

    May 04, 2007

    A Tunnel to Atlanta

    Working with a professor and lab mates from back home make for an easier, more congenial experience than plunging into a strictly American cultural environment.

    June 01, 2007

    Who Speaks for Early-Career Scientists?

    Although efforts to provide real career opportunities for more scientists would create stronger incentives for Americans to seek science careers, the political momentum appears to be on the side of granting more H-1B visas.

    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

    July 13, 2007

    Be Careful What You Wish For

    “The glut of graduate students enticed by the growing support a few years ago have since found it difficult to get their own work funded … and the sudden deceleration in funding has left many researchers feeling slighted even though their funding grew by leaps and bounds in the past decade.” --Yuval Levin

    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

    September 07, 2007

    Capital Losses

    "The best and the brightest seem not to be going into science as much as they did in the past." And those who do opt for research careers "seem to be dropping out at a very high rate." --Mark Donowitz

    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.

    December 14, 2007

    Rising Above "The Gathering Storm"

    "Substantially more scientists and engineers graduate from U.S. universities than can find attractive career openings in the U.S. workforce, [and] the postdoc population, which has grown very rapidly in U.S. universities and is recruited increasingly from abroad, looks more like a pool of low-cost research lab workers with limited career prospects than a high-quality training program for soon-to-be academic researchers." --Michael Teitelbaum

    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

    February 01, 2008

    What's Ahead for Early-Career Scientists?

    According to NSF statistics, doctoral scientists' median income rises with each year of experience until late middle age, peaking 25 to 29 years after the Ph.D. at just under $100,000.

    March 07, 2008

    Mastering the Job Market

    Professional science master's degrees, like the Master of Business Administration degree on which they are modeled, are designed as terminal credentials for people seeking science-based careers outside of academe.

    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

    June 06, 2008

    Over Here

    Some veterans may prefer to trade the tools of their military trades for protractors, compasses, and tracking calculators--what a corny joke calls "weapons of math instruction."

    July 04, 2008

    By the Numbers

    With no agreed-upon body of statistics, industry representatives argue that technical talent is in short supply while labor economists insist that many fields are glutted.

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