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    Real Federal R&D Spending Levels Off in 2006

    If you had the feeling that federal research money was getting tighter, a report this week from the National Science Foundation confirms it.  "Universities Report Stalled Growth in Federal R&D Funding in FY 2006," from NSF’s Division of Science Resources Statistics shows that federally-funded academic R&D spending rose… Read More
  • Continent-Hopping

    European science trainees who want to add an American dimension to their studies, and American students wanting to experience European culture, now have more international degree programmes to choose from. The Atlantis scheme, which aims to foster collaborative education between European and American universities, has existed for a while, offering… Read More
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    Nothing to Fear but Software Itself

    The reasons for the falling numbers of women getting computer science degrees are a mystery to educators and computer industry planners, but according to a recent Associated Press story, a new Ph.D. in computer science may have identified one of the causes: the design of software, a computer scientist’s main product. Laura Beckwith, a 2007… Read More
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    Share Your Ideas, Win a Prize, and (Maybe) Cure Cancer

    The Wall Street Journal on 18 September 2007 tells the story of the Gotham Prize for Cancer Research, a new philanthropic venture that offers prizes to biomedical researchers, or anyone for that matter, for ideas on curing cancer. The funders hope their offer of prizes — $1 million for the top award — will stimulate… Read More
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    More Masters Degree Opportunities, but for Whom?

    While our lead article this week discusses the question asked by many undergrads, "Should I Do a Ph.D.?", many bachelors-degree grads are already jumping at the chance to do a masters degree. The New York Times this week delves into dual explosions in masters degrees, both in the numbers of students enrolled in masters programs… Read More
  • Europe

    Entrepreneurship: Not a family’s secret anymore

    According to a recent article written by Paz Álvarez in the Spanish finance newspaper Cinco Días, success in entrepreneurial families like Grupo Uriach, a Spanish pharmaceutical company spanning 5 generations, results from the founders and their successors transmitting their entrepreneurial spirit and vision during normal family life. "The c… Read More
  • Europe

    Maths and Informatics Fellowships in Europe

    The European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) is inviting Ph.D.-holders from all over the world to apply for their Alain Bensoussan fellowship program. The fellowships are addressed to scientists having gained their Ph.D. less than 4 years ago, or to final-year Ph.D. students graduating in time to start the fellowships by… Read More
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    Funding for Study in Asia

    The Freeman-Asia program, a joint undertaking of the Freeman Foundation and the Institute of International Education (IIE), offers grants to undergraduates for study in Asia.  The awards range from $3,000 for a summer program to $7,000 for an academic year, and have no discipline restrictions. The Freeman-Asia program has supported more than 3… Read More
  • Americas

    The Perfect E-mail

    Two weeks ago, our colleague Babette Pain reported on a story in the French daily Le Monde about ways to better manage the increasing flow of e-mail. Today, Wired magazine’s blog offers a look at the problem from the other end of the telescope, offering advice on how to write better e-mail messages. This entry… Read More
  • Europe

    Prayers for Dollars

    A rally this week in Bulgaria brought together religion and science, but not for the typical debate: A group of young scientists went to the Bulgarian parliament building to pray for more science funding. The scientists, reportedly from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and universities throughout the country, walked around the parliament building… Read More
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