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  • The Science Education Myth

    A new report from the Urban Institute, writes Vivek Wadhwa in Business Week, finds that our education system is doing a better job of science and technical training than it has done in decades. Furthermore, the report says, the system actually produces more science and engineering graduates than the market demands. Hat tip: Ric Weibl… Read More
  • Can Young Scientists Research Wisdom?

    People who believe that wisdom comes only from age and experience may be skeptical, but the folks at the Arete Initiative at the University of Chicago think we need more excellent young minds working to figure out what wisdom is. "Once regarded as a subject worthy of the most rigorous inquiries in order to discern… Read More
  • Why Does Anyone Think Science Is a Good Job?

    I first came across this months ago but I never blogged it, and I stumbled on it again recently. MIT’s Philip Greenspun is a keen observer of issues related to scientific careers. Just after Larry Summers left Harvard, Greenspun offered up a better reason for women’s under-representation in science than the ones Summers proposed: they… Read More
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    2007 EMBO Young Investigator Awards

    The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) has announced the winners of this year’s Young Investigator Programme (YIP) awards. In total, 18 new EMBO Young Investigators were selected for 2007: 3 each in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Germany, and one in Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Israel, and the Netherlands. Launched in… Read More
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    The Scientist Behind Your Shave

    We at Careers like to track down scientists who have unique jobs, but Sunday’s Observer Magazine has found one of its own: Kevin Powell, laboratory director of Gillette, the company behind products such as the Venus and Mach3 razors. Writer Simon Garfield follows Powell around the Gillette Technology Centre in Reading, U.K., as Powell describ… Read More
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    Attracting Top Graduates to Federal Service

    Last week, the Partnership for Public Service, a not-for-profit but publicly funded group devoted to improving the quality of the workforce in public agencies, kicked off a campaign to attract more college graduates to U.S. federal employment. The centerpiece of the campaign is its new report on student attitudes towards federal employment, which i… Read More
  • Career Resources from SACNAS

    For you science-career wonks out there, there’s some good stuff in the latest SACNAS News (SACNAS stands for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science; this is a pdf download). And you don’t have to be Native American or Chicano (or, for that matter, a science-career wonk) to benefit from… Read More
  • ‘Rising Stars’ Reunite

    Despite the mixed metaphor–and its evocation of–cosmic collisions, a story in the 8 October Chemical and Engineering News makes for a pleasant and informative read. In the article, Linda Wang revisits 12 women chemists the magazine first profiled in 2002, asking ‘where are they now?’ (Access to the article is limited to subs… Read More
  • Gen-Y and Tech Careers, Redux

    We received the following response to our 25 October blog entry Gen-Y Is Tech-Savvy–But Not Interested in Tech Careers: As a member of Gen Y and someone who has worked in a lot of different businesses in temp roles while studying, this doesn’t surprise me terribly much. The net-savvy Gen Y’ers are able to pick… Read More
  • Too Cool for School?

    Yes, it is possible to be too good at your job. This essay, written by Alison Wunderland (a pseudonym, obviously) and published in Inside Higher Ed, about a faculty member with a poor "fit" with her department and institution, is a must-read for people aspiring to academic careers. The lesson: Make sure motivated, serious faculty… Read More