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May 30, 2008

A Rare Opportunity Into Space

Luck will play a big role in whether you become an astronaut, so "don't put all your eggs in one basket," suggests ESA astronaut Reinhold Ewald.

May 30, 2008

Grad-School Campus Visits

A student who arrives with little specific knowledge of the graduate program or its faculty "is bound to make a bad impression." --James Faubion

June 06, 2008

Special: Student-Veterans Come Marching Home

June 06, 2008

Special: Student-Veterans Come Marching Home

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: 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.

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