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February 16, 2007

Tooling Up: Employment Due Diligence

The cost of accepting a dead-end job, or working for a bad boss or an employer that isn't going anywhere, can be enormous.

February 16, 2007

Opportunities: A Day in the Life

He knew his invention would not have the impact it could have unless he led its introduction into the commercial market.

February 16, 2007

Mastering Your PhD: Dealing with Setbacks

Your best weapon is focused, methodical, patient effort.

February 23, 2007

Young Researchers Face NASA Budget Realities

"Because opportunities are so few and far between, we are in fact sacrificing the future to pay for the present." --Lennard Fisk, space science professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

February 23, 2007

FP7 Funding Opportunities at a Glance

"We are focusing on people who have established that they are already very good scientists and are about to start or at the beginning of an independent career." --Fotis Kafatos, European Research Council President.

February 23, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition--Chapter 2: Palpable Neurosis

You don't know what you're getting into until you're in it; even now, I'm not so sure what I'm in.

March 02, 2007

Priming the Mind

"I thought, if these people are saying they can go to these places, maybe I can too." -- Lawrence Williams

March 02, 2007

Making the Leap to Independence

"Those who succeed are well-grounded people who have seen success and believe they can do it too. They are not the type of people who worry too much or are easily intimidated," says Virginia Tech professor Michael Hochella.

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."

March 09, 2007

Opportunities: Breadth Versus Depth

Being the best in the world holds little meaning if it is with respect to an infinitesimal niche of science that only you inhabit.

March 09, 2007

Italian Research Shakeup Pending

The minister's aim is to create an employment structure in the universities with a much larger base of younger, early-career scientists.

March 09, 2007

Is Grants.gov in the FastLane?

When it comes to accepting electronic applications, the agency is in no hurry to leave the FastLane.

March 16, 2007

Research at the Poles

March 16, 2007

Tooling Up: Employment Due Diligence, Part 2

"Companies play favorites. You're either one of the favored few, or you're an orphan stepchild, all depending upon where in the company you work."

March 16, 2007

Cruising the Frozen Seas

"For miles and miles, everything looks, feels, and smells pure and uncontaminated," says Sasha Tozzi, a Ph.D. student working in Antarctica's Ross Sea.

March 16, 2007

Polar Research in Portugal: Breaking the Ice

Gonçalo Vieira set up a Portuguese IPY committee made up of 10 Portuguese biologists and geophysicists who together are leading Portugal's new polar research effort.

March 23, 2007

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Making the Most of a Conference

Starting the conference well-prepared and maintaining a proper balance between presentations and coffee breaks can make your conference experience a source of inspiration.

March 23, 2007

A 'Comprehensive' Career

"I feel confident that my ideas are good enough to go up against the rest of the world, but the question is, can I generate enough preliminary data fast enough?
- Emmanuel Chang"

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

March 30, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Part 3: Time to Strategize

It's scary and exciting for exactly the same reason: The possibilities are endless.

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