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    June 06, 2008

    Student-Veterans Come Marching Home: Their Return to Studies

    The demands of rigorous scientific or engineering studies can conflict with continuing military obligations.

    June 06, 2008

    Student-Veterans Come Marching Home: A New GI Bill for Scientists

    "This is a different kind of war." --Representative Harry Mitchell

    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."

    June 13, 2008

    Sustaining Forests in a Changing World

    Acquiring the necessary skills is “a question of the student taking the initiative to familiarize him[self] or herself with other areas,” says Daniel Simberloff, a community ecologist working on forests at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    June 13, 2008

    A Self-Made Climber

    Nowadays, "most researchers, especially forest ecologists, are incorporating climate change impacts into their research," says canopy ecologist Catherine Cardelús.

    June 13, 2008

    An Adventurous Physicist

    Chave learned the ecology, molecular biology, and chemistry he needed by talking to colleagues, going to seminars, and reading papers.

    June 13, 2008

    Measuring the Impact of Invasive Plants

    June 20, 2008

    Opportunities Abound in Toxicology

    So far in her career, Nadia Moore has toured several major subfields of toxicology.

    June 20, 2008

    Tooling Up: The Finer Points of Giving a Job Talk

    A job talk is entirely different from scientific talks or presentations at management meetings.

    June 20, 2008

    Training in Academia--and Industry

    A CIFRE agreement "is a good way of ... doing research and keeping other doors open," says Sylvain Schwartz.

    June 27, 2008

    Mastering Your Ph.D.: Better Communication With Your Supervisor

    Is poor communication with your supervisor getting in the way of your progress in the lab?

    June 27, 2008

    Liberal Arts College Faculty: Finding the Sweet Spot

    Known for small classes and a focus on undergraduate education, most such colleges also require--from their younger, newer faculty members, at least--substantial research activity.

    June 27, 2008

    Creativity and Persistence Overcome Failure

    Tony Kouzarides also has a strong commitment to asking what he calls the "right questions" and an unusual willingness to bet on his instincts.

    July 04, 2008

    Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 17: End of the Road

    After more than 6 years of monthly columns and postgraduate research, Micella Phoenix DeWhyse celebrates her Independence Day--and we're sad.

    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.

    July 04, 2008

    In Person: Research in France

    "I have seen many scientists who've only done research in the United Kingdom or in the United States move to France and struggle with the system's peculiarities."
    --Andreas Bikfalvi.

    July 11, 2008

    Courting Controversy: Out of the Mainstream

    "I foresee a future battle for survival between religion and science-based technologies of immortality." --Bill Bainbridge

    July 11, 2008

    Courting Controversy: Animal Rights (and Wrongs)

    "You have this relationship forming which is an unequal relationship in which you bear a great amount of responsibility." --A former neuroscience researcher

    July 11, 2008

    A New Astrophysics Editor at Science

    "I realized that I really love science but not spending my time just focusing on a particular aspect of it." --Maria Cruz

    July 18, 2008

    Do You Wanna Be a VAP?

    My "CV looked much better with all that teaching experience. Liberal arts colleges really do care about teaching, and I had good evaluations from my students at Bucknell." --Sarah Johnson