What does the tale of Douglas Prasher, the protein, and the Nobel Prize reveal about the scientific labor market?
In hard economic times, the controversial H-1B visa program, which lowers wages for Americans while exposing foreign scientists to the whims of employers, needs major reform.
Postdocs' prospects are dimmed by the new Administration's many competing priorities and a lack of understanding at the highest levels of the scientific work-force glut.
Former postdoc-activist Laure Haak has learned firsthand why, despite an abundance of impeccably trained postdocs, good help in industry is hard to find.
The state employment board count of cards confirms a majority, officially unionizing the nation's largest group of postdocs.
"The University of Connecticut postdoc union is obviously a model and an inspiration for us." --Matthew O'Connor
With no agreed-upon body of statistics, industry representatives argue that technical talent is in short supply while labor economists insist that many fields are glutted.
Some veterans may prefer to trade the tools of their military trades for protractors, compasses, and tracking calculators--what a corny joke calls "weapons of math instruction."
"The NIH funding crisis is chronic, systemic, and much worse than reported." --Peter Cariani
Early-career issues for postdocs and other researchers who deserve better.
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