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    July 30, 2015

    The value—and risk—of activism

    Academics must manage involvement in social and political causes with care if they do not want to jeopardize their careers.

    July 29, 2015

    Countering gender bias at conferences

    Female speakers are underrepresented at some conferences, but a vocal group of advocates is working to address the problem.

    July 27, 2015

    Proposed Chinese legislation could hamper international collaboration

    Law would require government approval and sponsors for international researchers to work in China

    July 20, 2015

    Calling on all academics to stand up for academic freedom

    A new report highlights the use of violence, coercion, and threats to silence scholars around the world.

    July 16, 2015

    The space roboticist

    Vandi Verma is one of the few people in the world qualified to drive on Mars.

    July 14, 2015

    Balancing career and family

    An increasing number of scientists—men and women—aim to succeed both at work and at home.

    July 07, 2015

    Harnessing computer power to understand biology

    An ability to combine computation and experimentation recently won systems biologist Sarah Teichmann an EMBO Gold Medal.

    July 06, 2015

    Biodiversity researcher becomes first female president of Mauritius

    After 25 years studying the plants of her native island, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim unexpectedly became its president.

    June 30, 2015

    Choosing your postdoc position

    Of all the decisions that academics must make during their careers, choosing a successful postdoc position is probably one of the most important.

    June 16, 2015

    Multiferroics and me

    Nicola Spaldin pioneered a revolution in the field of multiferroics by pursuing her “most interesting question,” no matter the odds.

    June 11, 2015

    Your thesis, in 3 minutes

    If you think writing your thesis is challenging, try explaining your project to a lay audience in 180 seconds.

    June 10, 2015

    Aligning career expectations with academic reality

    More tenured employment opportunities must be given to young scientists, but they also ought to recalibrate their career expectations, a new report says.

    June 02, 2015

    Training for synthetic biology jobs in the new bioeconomy

    Young scientists interested in helping industry harness the potential of synthetic biology must prepare now.

    May 27, 2015

    All in the family

    Husband-and-wife chemists discuss working with a spouse and the role of gender and family in an academic career.

    May 13, 2015

    Depression afflicts almost half of STEM graduate students at UC Berkeley

    Report of survey results highlights challenges to graduate student well-being

    May 12, 2015

    Advice to a young scientist

    In spite of the pressure to succeed, young scientists must never lose sight of why they do science in the first place.

    May 07, 2015

    Treading a different track

    Scientists with a love of teaching can find satisfaction in academia without tenure.

    April 30, 2015

    A time limit on postdoctoral contracts: The French experience

    Young researchers in France are being squeezed between a paucity of jobs and a new law that limits how long they can stay in postdoc positions.

    April 22, 2015

    How to present a disability during recruitment

    Scientists who approach the job search strategically can turn apparent disabilities to their advantage.

    April 15, 2015

    Charting the careers of European researchers

    The European charter and code of conduct have been around for 10 years. What have they done to improve scientists' lives?

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