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Taken for Granted
April 16, 2014

Academe’s "1 Percent"

Elite scientists are gaining fame and fortune, writes Christopher Shea in The Chronicle of Higher Education, "[a]gainst the backdrop of a rampant reliance on adjuncts."

April 14, 2014

Another Call to Reform Biomedical Research and Training

Four prominent scientist-administrators call on policymakers to reform a system that discourages "even the most outstanding prospective students from entering our profession."

April 14, 2014

An Eloquent Career Picture for Ph.D. Biologists

An infographic displays common career paths for biology Ph.D.-holders.

Taken for Granted
April 08, 2014

More on H-1Bs and Retraining

Companies that choose worker replacement over retraining should consider the costs to society—and the implications for the long-term supply of qualified workers.

April 02, 2014

Where Do Ph.D. Scientists Work?

A study reveals significant race and sex differences in where Ph.D. holders work.

Taken for Granted
March 31, 2014

The Price of Panic

Recurring scares about purported science talent "shortages" damage both science and scientists, a new book shows.

March 28, 2014

If a Student-Athlete Is an Employee, Why Isn’t a Graduate Assistant?

The Northwestern University ruling appears to cast doubt on an earlier decision denying employee status to graduate assistants.

March 21, 2014

Are Foreign Guest Workers Preferable to Retraining?

A skilled-immigration advocate says that importing new workers makes more sense than retraining—but is such an approach consistent with the broader interests of society?

March 17, 2014

"STEM Shortage" Debate Reveals Fundamental Disagreements, Some Common Ground

Are claims of a shortage of scientists and technical workers merely a rhetorical tool aimed at increasing support for educational reform?

March 13, 2014

A Different Kind of Experimental Model

A clothing company uses smart women to sell its spring collection.

March 12, 2014

Can a Graduate Student Get Workers’ Compensation?

Following an injury, a Cornell University graduate student challenges the system.

March 11, 2014

How to Discourage Great Discoveries

In an interview with King's Review, Sydney Brenner delivers a scathing critique of how the United States manages its early-career scientists.

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.

March 05, 2014

Helping Supervisors Help International Postdocs

An online resource can help supervisors establish better and more productive relationships with international postdocs.

March 04, 2014

Boycotting All-Boy Conferences

A petition calls for a boycott of a chemistry conference after the organizers posted a list of 29 speakers and chairs that included no women. It works.

Taken for Granted
March 03, 2014

On American Scientists' Dismal Morale

What is causing the widespread distress expressed by academic researchers in a survey in The Chronicle of Higher Education? It's not just a small decline in the NIH research budget.

February 25, 2014

Unionization Update

Several recent developments may signal improvements—or at least the possibility of improvements—in the working conditions of adjuncts and graduate student employees.

February 14, 2014

Health Insurance for Part-Time Teachers

The Internal Revenue Service provides a "reasonable" way to count adjuncts' work hours, to determine if their employers must provide them with health insurance.

Taken for Granted
February 12, 2014

Defending Oneself from "Product Defense"

An article in The New Yorker describes an endocrinologist's battle against a company's attempts to discredit his science.

February 10, 2014

Would You Like Working in Industry?

An essay in Molecular Biology of the Cell describes what it's like to work as a scientist in the biotech industry.

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