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April 18, 2008

A Matter of Policy

"We complain that these decisions are being made in a vacuum without significant scientific or engineering input. Well, the way to fix that is for scientists and engineers to get involved in the policy process." --Joseph Helble, dean and professor, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College

April 18, 2008

Tooling Up: On Headhunters

Recruiters work in a Wild West atmosphere. Few laws govern their conduct and their relationships with candidates.

April 18, 2008

Home Stretch to Graduation

Along with some happy feelings, "all [Ph.D. students] experience a kind of a letdown ... about that feeling of this big project not being there anymore," says psychologist Mary McKinney.

April 25, 2008

Young Swedish Scientist Reveals Fast-Track Career Secrets

He has demanded much from himself and his colleagues ever since he was young.

April 25, 2008

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 15: This Strange, Funny Feeling

I'm sure there were good things about the whole Ph.D./postdoc experience, but apparently I don't yet have enough distance to know what they are.

April 25, 2008

Plumbing the Green Genome

"I kind of clicked my heels three times and said there must be a better way." --Carl Simmons

May 02, 2008

Structuring Academic Careers in Europe

"If we had a unified career structure, that would revolutionize European science. It would just start to draw everybody in." --Tony Hyman, a professor at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

May 02, 2008

Taken for Granted: Lost in Space

"The NIH funding crisis is chronic, systemic, and much worse than reported." --Peter Cariani

May 02, 2008

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Exploring Nonprofit Organizations

For those making the transition from academia, the values and culture inherent in the nonprofit world may offer an exciting and rewarding career choice.

May 09, 2008

Opportunities: Research Inc.

A research scientist can differentiate a lab's approach not just by quality--which certainly is important--but also by the "flavor" of the work: the approach to problem-solving, the tools used, and intangibles such as originality and creativity.

May 09, 2008

Rumors Fly Online When Jobs Are at Stake

Job-rumor sites are useful for "knowing whether a job you are hoping for has an offer out at all and whether it is to someone who has one or six other offers." --Joanne Cohn, University of California, Berkeley

May 09, 2008

Careers in Perspective: Chemists Can Do Anything

"Real-world experience trumps classroom learning, and future employers don't care if the experience was paid or volunteer."

May 16, 2008

African Americans Studying STEM: Parsing the Numbers

Incoming African-American students express interest in the sciences, but their rate of attrition is high.

May 16, 2008

Dynamo Walking

"Betty got it right away. You've got to do the work. And I really think that's Betty. She's willing to make the sacrifices necessary to reach her goals." --Eric Grotzinger

May 16, 2008

Coming to Europe

"It is not enough to make European research more attractive. We also need to make the working environment more attractive." --Massimo Serpieri, DG Research, European Commission

May 16, 2008

Science Careers Podcast Index

Here's a list of podcasts featuring writers and subjects of Science Careers articles.

May 23, 2008

Family Trailblazers

"You have to be savvy to all the nuances, the position, the place, and the institution's policies. This can be difficult if you come from a very different culture." --Rebecca Conry

May 23, 2008

Tooling Up: Transitioning to Teamwork

"Teamwork is the business-world equivalent of 'plays well with others' in kindergarten."--Judy Heyboer

May 23, 2008

Mastering Your Ph.D.: A Career in Management Consulting

Solving a corporate problem is not much different from solving a scientific problem.

May 30, 2008

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 16: Still Perky After All These Years

"Clarity is a gift." --Micella Phoenix DeWhyse