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    October 20, 2006

    SCIENCE 2006: TOP EMPLOYER SURVEY: It All Starts with Science

    This year's survey of top employers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries has a familiar winner but plenty of shifting among other places in the top 20. The leading companies highlight a consistent theme: the importance of strong basic science as the platform on which to build reputations and commercial success.

    October 27, 2006

    Careers for Postdoctoral Scientists: Beyond the Ivory Tower

    Moving from an academic environment to an industrial laboratory can prove difficult because of the need to adapt to a different culture. Here, we provide tips on how best to make a seamless transition.

    November 17, 2006

    Diversity—Women in Science: Building Better Balance

    Women leaders in science—from a university president and policy makers to an academic researcher and industrial scientists—see improvements in this field’s gender balance, but they also know that more must be done. An increasing number of women are entering scientific studies in college, but better ways are needed to keep these women in science and to help them grow into leadership positions.

    February 02, 2007

    Foreign Faculty Face Challenges

    Many foreign-born scientists have made the United States their home because the country provides some of the best training and career opportunities worldwide. But life as a foreign scientist is not without its challenges.

    March 02, 2007

    Europe's Brain Gain

    With major boosts in science funding, Europe hopes to become a hot spot of innovative science and technology.

    April 06, 2007

    Careers in Cancer Research: Many Paths To Choose

    Ask a cross-section of scientists how they got into cancer research, and you'll hear about a dizzying variety of routes from fields as diverse as biology, pharmacology, mathematics, and medicine. And with certain attributes — an inquiring mind, self-discipline, and a dash of ambition — it seems that there's no limit to what can be achieved.

    April 20, 2007

    Transferable Skills And Portable Careers

    With academic jobs scarce, postdoctoral fellows must develop skills that will make them competitive for jobs beyond the university setting, but even those who go on to academic careers can benefit from learning the skill sets that industry demands.

    April 27, 2007

    Careers in Biotech and Pharma: The Right Fit

    For scientists considering careers in the life science industry, the choice between biotech and pharma has sometimes been a difficult one. However, as both industries change, the question may be moot.

    November 23, 2007

    Interdisciplinary Research: Building Bridges, Finding Solutions

    Complex scientific problems and socially relevant issues are challenging scientists to find new ways to integrate knowledge from multiple and disparate fields. Increasingly, collaborative approaches are changing the way science is done.

    May 11, 2007

    Focus on Diversity: INCUBATING INNOVATION - Diversity Efforts Rejuvenate the Life Science Work Force

    "The more options and more information students have about career choices, the better career choices they will make,"

    June 08, 2007

    Focus On Careers: North Carolina - Opportunity and Community

    "It’s an exciting and lucrative area of opportunity for Ph.D.-level scientists."

    June 22, 2007

    Europe's Wild West

    The UK and Ireland are both reaching for the benefits of a knowledge economy. The UK leads Europe’s biotechnology scene, and Ireland’s rapid economic trajectory through the 1990s has radically altered the research landscape thanks to large injections of cash. International companies’ search for research talent has intensified. Many have set up operations in the UK and Ireland where they tap into expertise from world-class universities, as well as opening their arms to researchers moving on from the competitive academic sector.

    August 10, 2007

    Careers in Chemistry: Constantly Evolving Choices

    Leaving the chemistry department behind doesn't have to mean leaving chemistry behind. Chemists have a broad, and broadening, range of career options to choose from, both in and out of the lab. The biggest challenge is looking beyond the more traditional roles, which represent only a fraction of the options available in this fast-growing field.

    August 31, 2007

    Training Postdocs: Communication is Key

    The most important factors for ensuring a successful postdoctoral experience are honest and open communication with mentors, according to postdoc supervisors who responded to a survey carried out for Science
    Careers. Here, they provide some strategies and tips for effective communication and for teaching graduates how to communicate better.

    September 14, 2007

    Make Way for the Next Generation: Junior Faculty Are Moving In

    Universities across the United States and Europe are increasingly reshaping recruitment policies in order to attract and retain more junior faculty. Replacing the old sink or swim attitude is a desire to provide a more supportive and nurturing environment. Driving the new trend are several factors, including a concern that many of today's senior faculty are approaching retirement age and will need to be replaced, and a desire to have faculty that more closely reflect the gender and ethnic diversity of the population they serve.

    September 21, 2007

    A Strategy for the Future

    As nations compete for scientific recognition, Germany is boosting its fight. Over the past few years, the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)—Germany's ministry of education and research—has upped the science budget and encouraged initiatives that require universities and scientists to be more innovative. The intention is to promote competition to improve the nation's science reputation.

    September 28, 2007

    Careers and Grad Programs for B.S. / M.S. Scientists: Testing The Waters

    In the same period of time it takes to earn a Ph.D., budding scientists can experiment with a wide variety of educational paths and career tracks—and discover what they really want to do.

    October 05, 2007

    Meaningful Mentoring—Native American and Latino Success Stories

    Early and sustained interventions which strongly feature mentoring are essential in helping Native American and Latino students navigate an unfamiliar academic system that is dominated by majority culture and practices. Throughout students’ educational progression and well into their initial strides upon donning the doctoral gown, they depend upon a clearly marked career map, research training opportunities, professional skills development, peer networks, and role models. These factors can mean the difference between successfully reaching their goals and taking missteps ending in an impassable career detour.

    October 26, 2007

    Careers in Neuroscience: From Protons to Poetry

    Neurological and psychiatric disorders affect a growing number of individuals—nearly one in five Americans in a given year and more than two billion people worldwide. Furthermore, the scope of neuroscience is vast—ranging from the most basic cellular-level research to translational medicine—and many unanswered questions remain. Interesting niche areas have emerged in neuroscience research such as neuroeconomics, neuromarketing, and neural networks. Together, these factors make neuroscience one of the more exciting and opportunity-laden fields in which to pursue a scientific career.

    November 16, 2007

    Focus on Careers: Diversity - Opening Doors for Scientists with Disabilities

    Several programs are aiming to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in science and technology careers by removing barriers and changing attitudes.

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