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    July 27, 2007

    A Guide to NSF Success

    "A strong application always demonstrates an appreciation of the background of the field, with appropriate references to the results of others."

    August 03, 2007

    The Curt Flood Effect

    "We hear persistent reports of postdocs and other folks working on grants who are either forbidden to take maternity leave or told that if they do, they'll be fired." --Joan Williams

    August 03, 2007

    Beyond CSI: Environmental Forensics Picks Up in Europe

    Environmental forensics is an established discipline in North America, but in the United Kingdom and Europe, the field has emerged more slowly. It's gaining speed, however.

    August 03, 2007

    Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 7: Tainted Love

    "Do I need to learn to rely on my own desires, the rest of the world be damned?"

    August 10, 2007

    Opportunities: The Power of Poverty

    "I, like every other graduate student I knew, developed a sixth sense for knowing when the dean's office had leftover hors d'oeuvres after a reception."

    August 10, 2007

    The Postbac: One or Two Years That Make Careers

    "For the great majority of students, some time off is a good idea." --Deborah Goldberg

    August 10, 2007

    An Astrophysicist at La Città della Scienza

    "Interactive museums have sprouted around Italy and across Europe as the European Commission and individual nations have placed science-and-society issues higher on the agenda."

    August 17, 2007

    Special Feature: Translational Research Careers

    Translational research is pushing a fundamental change in the way science operates while giving rise to a new type of researcher: the translational scientist.

    August 17, 2007

    Carving a Career in Translational Research

    "It's a tremendous leap of faith for young investigators to commit themselves to translational research. It takes a special sort of person; you have to be willing to take risks." –Anthony Hayward, NIH National Center for Research Resources

    August 17, 2007

    Translational Institute Unites Unlikely Partners at Penn

    August 17, 2007

    European Programs Offer Translational Training

    "The opportunity for this career development is now. I think the job opportunities that follow on that will be very substantial." -Graham Lord, King's College London and Guy's and St. Thomas' hospitals

    August 24, 2007

    Tooling Up: The Wall

    I can't help wondering why, if only 15% to 20% of grad students and postdocs go on to academic careers, do we describe the career choices of the other 80% as "alternative"?

    August 24, 2007

    Suzanne Estes: Talking Evolution

    "Suzanne is one of the hardest working scientists I know." --Patrick Phillips

    August 24, 2007

    Mind Matters: The Complex Biochemistry of Laboratory Friendships

    "Friendships and work relationships have different social norms, and workplace friendships are fraught with fragility and ambiguity," says organizational psychologist Rachel Morrison.

    August 31, 2007

    Mastering Your Ph.D.: Mentors, Leadership, and Community

    "A mentor has many characteristics but must first and foremost care about your professional development and have an interest in guiding younger scientists as they move through their careers."

    August 31, 2007

    Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 8: What Are You Going to Do Now, Redux

    I'm standing up a little straighter and taller than I used to, wobbling less and faking it less, and caring a little less what other people think.

    September 07, 2007

    Capital Losses

    "The best and the brightest seem not to be going into science as much as they did in the past." And those who do opt for research careers "seem to be dropping out at a very high rate." --Mark Donowitz

    September 07, 2007

    A Karolinska Doctoral Candidate Learns the Joys of Business Ownership, Research, and Fatherhood

    "I like to move very fast and take a lot of risks compared to the traditional Swedish way."

    --Mohammed Homman

    September 07, 2007

    A Job in the Video Game Industry

    Being lead programmer "can be a lonely role stuck between the code pool and the management and therefore requires a level of confidence in oneself," says Marchalot's boss, Brandon Smith.

    September 14, 2007

    Undergraduates Ask: Should I Do a Ph.D.?

    Spending some time investigating your interests before starting a Ph.D. will improve the likelihood that you pick a project that keeps your interest over several years.

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