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October 19, 2007

Reality Check: U.K. Report Reveals Variety of Career Paths for Ph.D.s

"The market [for science Ph.D.s] is enormous and the options are huge." --Paul Redmond, University of Liverpool

October 26, 2007

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Starting Off on the Right Foot

You may discover that lab technicians or the person ordering supplies can profoundly affect the course of your research and the quality of your experience, so be sure to give everyone the respect that they deserve.

October 26, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition Chapter 10: Loyalty, Subterfuge, Manipulation, and Sabotage

Is it ineptitude or something worse?

October 26, 2007

Tooling Up: Barriers to Decision Making

"It might be okay to take a shortcut if you're trying to decide which peanut butter to buy, but in the area of career decisions, shortcuts are dangerous." –J. Edward Russo

November 02, 2007

Maximizing Productivity and Recognition, Part 1: Publication, Citation, and Impact

You, and others, can assess and document the influence of your work by looking at the characteristics, as well as the number, of the citations.

November 02, 2007

The Ultralong-Distance Quest

The roads of Brittany were littered with cyclists who failed to live by this rule; so are the roads of science.

November 02, 2007

Molecular Gastronomy: Something's Cooking

Part of the insecurity for both scientists comes from the fact that molecular gastronomy still has some way to go before it is fully accepted as a scientific field.

November 09, 2007

Special Feature: Laboratory Management

It's one of the weirdest aspects of scientific training: You spend years learning how to do the science, hands-on. The...
November 09, 2007

Managing Scientists

Good management ability is essential to productive scientists, but most receive no formal management training prior to starting their own lab.

November 09, 2007

Toward a Philosophy of Resource Management

November 09, 2007

Mind Matters: Laughter in the Lab

"Laughter is highly relevant to scientific inquiry because it creates a safe and playful atmosphere for intellectual development." --David Sloan Wilson

November 16, 2007

Hiring in a Dysfunctional Job Market

Some innovative ways to find hidden talent in an inefficient employment market.

November 16, 2007

Opportunities: The Golden Chapter

Within about 4 months, J. received three offers for faculty positions.

November 16, 2007

A Career 'Framework': Guiding Light or Empty Words?

"If [a career framework] is just going to be a lot of woolly phrases that don't help anyone, then there is no point." --Lee Higham, Newcastle University

November 16, 2007

In Person: Series Index

Got something to say about starting or moving through a career in science? Here's your chance to let friends and colleagues know what's on your mind.

November 23, 2007

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Countdown to Your Thesis Defence

The last year of your Ph.D. is distinctly different from the ones that have come before it, because you'll focus primarily on transforming your hard work into thesis chapters.

November 23, 2007

A Family, a Laboratory, and an EMBO Award

Sandrine Etienne-Manneville "knew exactly what she was doing, where the project was going, and what needed to be done," says former postdoc supervisor Alan Hall.

November 23, 2007

Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition Chapter 11: Breaking Free (Almost)

Most people would say I've made all the correct calls, but I'm still disappointed with how it's all come out, even if I have learned a lot in the process.

November 30, 2007

To Have and Have Not

"Low salaries make many bright people decide to leave research because the joy of discovering something new is simply not worth it when you face problems like having a family and paying a mortgage." --Petr Svoboda, Institute of Molecular Genetics, Prague, Czech Republic

November 30, 2007

Big Science at a Small College

"Andrea treats me like someone who’s intelligent enough to run a laboratory experiment by himself, but she’s always there for questions. She’ll have a long conversation with a former student who’s visiting from med school, or talk to us about our futures, or hang out and discuss TV. She’s your friend, and she cares about you." --Matthew Mansh