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Karen Perkins explains how a chance encounter with a fern led her to a science career.
Issues and Perspectives
Life and Career
A policy clarification from the Office of Management and Budget says that graduate students and postdocs are entitled to explore a variety of training opportunities. Will your adviser agree?
By the end of the Ph.D., women from underrepresented groups were far more attracted to nonresearch careers.
Help! My adviser wants me to work on her half-baked pet project instead of my good one!
Organizers of the Future of Research Symposium give their thoughts on how to keep young scientists in research careers.
NSF’s annual report on new doctorate recipients contains mostly bad news for early-career scientists.
Implementing the recommendations of the new National Academies report on postdocs is likely to be hard, says Gregory Petsko, the chair of the committee that issued the report.
For those who follow postdoc issues, the new National Academies proposals sound familiar. But maybe things will turn out differently this time.
NIH seeks new Ph.D. researchers to start independent careers in its intramural labs.
Limited free access at Nature … a high-profile visitor at NIH … profile of a public-health celebrity … chimps aren’t people, court says … beyond bibliometrics … Working Life
The realities of women’s careers in academic science have changed. The discussion about them should change, too.
The Job Market
Finding tenured jobs is no easier for chemical engineers, but the pressure is relieved by the steady stream of industry jobs.
My adviser wants me to train my replacement to continue to work on my project after I’m gone. What should I do?
Gain-of-function pause … Better access to clinical trial results … Raiding Europe’s science budget … Big Data and public health … Working Life
A postdoc-organized conference in Boston yields a consensus statement on “what the postdocs are worried about.”
A federal judge says that tech workers can challenge a Bush-era immigration order that allows foreign STEM students to work an extra 19 months.
An immigration expert says the executive action will hurt U.S. tech workers, but for scientists the impact seems benign.
Yes, it can make sense to stay in the same lab for graduate school—just don’t get complacent!
The Job Market
For scientists conducting basic research on the Ebola virus, evolving priorities are a way of life.
Do researchers looking for jobs in industry need to be good at socializing as well as science? An article in C&E News explores industrial hiring trends suggesting that the answer is “yes.”