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July 10, 2009

Basic Scientists in the Clinic

Opportunities for Ph.D. scientists to interact with patients appear to be growing.

July 10, 2009

From Research to the World of Diplomacy

Nicola Sasanelli left electronic engineering in Italy to become a special envoy for the government of South Australia.

July 17, 2009

Business Sense: Starting an Academic Lab

A successful start to your new laboratory requires careful planning, firm but fair negotiating, and wise spending decisions.

July 17, 2009

A Career Revisiting Classical Biological Problems

Nenad Ban made a name for himself by finally cracking the crystal structures of complex macromolecules.

July 24, 2009

Math Education Researchers in Demand

In 2007, about 40% of faculty positions in mathematics education went unfilled.

July 24, 2009

Tangled Webs: Careers in Network Science

The booming, interdisciplinary science of networks reveals hidden connections in just about everything

July 31, 2009

Perspective: How to Succeed in Big Science and Still Get Tenure

To get tenure, you need to show that you, not a group that frequently includes you, deserve promotion.

August 14, 2009

In Person: The Pursuit of Happiness

The joy of playing with her granddaughter tickles the neurons of a noted neuroscientist and inspires her research.

July 31, 2009

Independent Postdocs, Part 1: Gaining Early Autonomy

These days, postdocs need to demonstrate their independence early, which they can do by negotiating with advisers, seeking individual fellowships, or obtaining a junior-PI position.

July 31, 2009

Independent Postdocs: Resources

A roundup of small grants, individual fellowships, and junior-leader positions in Europe and the United States designed to give postdocs some early autonomy.

July 31, 2009

Reshuffling Graduate Training

Nobelist Roald Hoffmann believes that taking graduate students off grants and giving them fellowships would be good for U.S. science. But others say such a radical change isn't in the cards.

August 07, 2009

Taken for Granted: Doing Something About the Postdoc Mess

Two new initiatives seek to prepare postdocs for off-campus careers.

August 07, 2009

Young Industrial Chemists Find The Learning Curve Never Ends

Academia teaches technical skills, but scientists in the private sector say landing a job and thriving there is an education in itself.

August 14, 2009

Visa Delays Put Science Careers at Risk

"Administrative review" is leaving some foreign scientists stranded overseas and others afraid to travel, putting their careers and science at risk.

August 21, 2009

Independent Postdocs, Part 2: On-the-Ground Experiences

Three postdocs describe their early and successful transitions to research independence.

August 28, 2009

Dealing With Debt

Education debt can make it difficult for physician-scientists to stay on a research course.

August 28, 2009

Winning Strategies: Advice from PECASE Winners

There are no fail-safe recipes for success, but some basic, tried-and-true principles can be counted on.

September 04, 2009

Mind Matters: A Low-Stress Semester

September brings inevitable but manageable stress for scientists in academia.

September 04, 2009

Choosing the Less Traveled Road

Dutch molecular biologist Lars Jansen owes much of his scientific success to not going down the easy path.

September 11, 2009

Audacity, Part 1

What do paradigm-shifting scientists have in common? The first in a series.