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    Taken for Granted
    July 29, 2014

    Puncturing a fantasy

    The key to attracting young people into science is vibrant and visible opportunity.

    July 30, 2014

    Scrutinizing NSF research

    Rachael Allbritten and Aaron Manka started off pursuing academic research careers, but they ended up investigating research crimes.

    Taken for Granted
    July 31, 2014

    Using a federal stick to enforce lab safety

    Why don’t federal funders demand safe academic labs?

    July 25, 2014

    Elsewhere in Science, 25 July 2014

    A big increase proposed for NSF’s budget … a big donation for psychiatric research … a big call for proposals from NASA … small-scale efforts in fusion research

    August 01, 2014

    Elsewhere in Science, 1 August 2014

    Science in Spain … Blavatnik awards … jail time for posting a thesis online … science policy and bias … a book about openness in biology.

    August 04, 2014

    C is for citations

    Your last name influences your citation potential, a study says.

    August 04, 2014

    Gaining an edge in overseas interviews

    Interviewing for a job in a foreign country poses special challenges.

    April 03, 2009

    A Quiet Scientist Returns to His Roots.

    Tiago Fleming Outeiro visited several countries and applied research environments before returning home to Portugal and fundamental biology.

    Taken for Granted
    March 05, 2014

    Empowered Students and Postdocs Drive Lab Safety

    A student- and postdoc-driven program at the University of Minnesota is building a strong, new safety culture.

    August 05, 2014

    Addressing the deeper cause of safety incidents

    A lab explosion at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, shows that when it comes to safety, good intentions are only a start.

    August 05, 2014

    A Real Scientist Shortage

    With the debut of a new kit, LEGO aims to fix the scientist shortage on toy shelves.

    March 10, 2006

    Writing a Winning Cover Letter (2006)

    “If the cover letter is to be effective, it must definitely be tailored to the particular institution.” --Kenton Whitmire

    September 20, 2002

    The Cover Letter: Door Opener Par Excellence

    "Writing something that is powerful and yet short is the single most difficult kind of business writing."

    August 06, 2014

    Writing a winning cover letter

    For a cover letter to be effective, it must avoid doing harm, show what sets you apart, and be tailored to the institution you send it to.

    August 07, 2014

    Ph.D.s, come out of the closet!

    Data show that only a small percentage of Ph.D. scientists will receive tenure-track positions, so where does that leave the rest?

    August 07, 2014

    Waltz to excellence

    A new study suggests that there is no single way to achieve success in science.

    August 11, 2014

    Elsewhere in Science, 8 August 2014

    Change of plans for Russia-bound scientists … Story Landis retires … STAP-cell suicide … astronauts and sleep … Working Life … bumblebees and discovery

    March 17, 2006

    The Dreaded Phone Interview

    The goal of a telephone interview is to reduce the size of the applicant pool. Don't let them screen you out.

     

    January 16, 2009

    The Job Seeker's Lexicon

    Job seekers need to be able to interpret the jargon used in job ads and interviews.

    December 15, 2000

    How to Prepare for and Succeed at Panel Interviews

    PREVIOUS COLUMNS A red flag went up for Sherri as she scanned the e-mail from a human resources manager who had...

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