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Xuguang Chen
July 30, 2013

Yes, I'm That Kind of Doctor

By going to medical school, Ph.D. scientists hope to improve people's lives more directly.

Milena Mendez and Fenix
April 12, 2013

Sniffing out Dermatemys

With her border collie's help, a young scientist studies an endangered turtle and works to improve education in a Guatemalan village.

December 08, 2006

Chinese Medicine, Western Style

"The focus isn’t because this is cheap. In fact logistically, it’s quite a challenge to do this. Whether you’re AstraZeneca, or Roche, or Novartis, you have to pay quite a bit to have that presence. Our focus is to have a presence in China, for China, and for the rest of Asia." --John Ramsey, AstraZeneca

September 29, 2006

Your Genetic Future

The field is rife with opportunities to improve human health and to take part in the inevitable health-care revolution.

September 01, 2006

Reversing the Brain Drain

HHMI’s grants, for example, provide "an opportunity to do your work where you might not otherwise be able to get the funding you need," says Conley.

August 04, 2006

Wear Your Safety Goggles

"He was there less than 2 minutes, and he ended up with permanent reduction in his vision." --Denis Sapiro, Occupational Health and Safety Office, University of Washington, Seattle

June 09, 2006

Marketing Molecules

"If you're young and you want a job that involves very intriguing research in industry, you might have to create the company that allows you to do it." --George Whitesides

April 07, 2006

Alone in the Lab

Aside from radiation, few U.S. organizations have policies regarding pregnant lab workers, which means women are on their own when it comes to worrying about exposure during pregnancy.

March 03, 2006

Working the Systems

Systems biology seeks to connect the dots between molecular data. It's a hot career field, but success requires making connections between disciplines.

February 10, 2006

Model Builder

"It is definitely an asset to work with more than one system. It opens us up to different ways of thinking and keeps us flexible and less likely to sink into dogma. The differences in how the various systems are wired are as important as the similarities." --Sabeeha Merchant, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

January 27, 2006

The Other Microsoft

"As soon as some conference deadline comes up, you see us working like maniacs to finish … papers, just like we did when we were in school." --Henrique Malvar, the director of Microsoft's Redmond research lab

January 20, 2006

Changing Faces of Astronomy

"Nothing panned out for years, but [the techniques] did come to fruition. You have to make the investment." --Andrea Ghez

December 02, 2005

Physicist, Heal Thyself

I knew a little molecular biology, but I had no notion of what you could do experimentally. It reminded me of electronics, the idea that you had these tools to splice things together in an ordered way, that you could reengineer things in the cell to do something else. --Mark Goulian

November 04, 2005

Neuroscience Careers: Two Neuroscientists

"You cannot do one project. You have to do a number of projects to try to get to the answer, hoping one of the approaches will work out." --Yimin Zou

October 28, 2005

Cynthia Robbins-Roth: Surviving the Crash

"I had the good sense to have a serious accident when the market was down." --Cynthia Robbins-Roth

October 07, 2005

Entrepreneurs: Surviving the Dot-Com Crash

"Because I was still passionate about this, I stuck through it and managed to keep it running with lots of help from some very good people. Now I have quite a bit of business experience." --Lee Jensen

September 09, 2005

The University in Corporate Clothing

"This is an environment where everyone is considered and assumed to be a responsible, engaged adult until proven otherwise. You do what you have to do to get the job done." -Holly Butler

September 09, 2005

Captain of the Farm Team

Give your students skills, not just stories.

August 12, 2005

What's Shaking in Earthquake Science?

The specter of such enormous destruction would, you might think, create good job prospects for scientists interested in that sort of thing. But just like the rumored 'big one' it aims to predict, the boom in earthquake-science careers hasn't happened yet.

July 29, 2005

A Relationship That's More Than Skin Deep

"When we have a question, it doesn't matter what it is, they answer it. It's a complete exchange of information … they've essentially opened up all their technology to us."

--Marc Donohue