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  • Some Feel-Good Data on a Friday Afternoon

    This has little to do with scientific careers, but given the hardships of student life and the weekend looming, I thought I’d pass it on. According to a new study commissioned by the British National Lottery and carried out by Richard Tunney of the University of Nottingham, what really makes people happy is within everyone’s… Read More
  • In Hot Pursuit of Research Talent

    "If departments or institutes are expanding, you prefer to identify someone with a funding track record, so they are able to hit the ground running," says E. Albert Reece, dean of the medical school at the University of Maryland, quoted by Stephanie Desmon in the Baltimore Sun.  Grants often beget future grants, which sometimes lead… Read More
  • Europe

    More Space for Negotiation

    According to an article published last week in Ecoaula, the education Web site of the Spanish financial newspaper El Economista, today’s university graduates are in a privileged position when negotiating a job with a company. At least in Spain, "university graduates know that their specialised training is worth more than money compensati… Read More
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    Job Trends in European R&D

    A report released this month by the European Commission — Business R&D in Europe: Trends in Expenditures, Researcher Numbers and Related Policies — offers a snapshot of recent job-market trends in industrial research, with, as its main findings: Over the 1995-2004 period, * The number of researchers employed in R&D companies as… Read More
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    Grants for Bold, Innovative Research for International Researchers

    As my colleague Jim Austin pointed out earlier today, NIH is making funds available for particularly innovative biomedical research through its Pioneer and New Innovator programs. For researchers outside the U.S. — those collaborating on international research teams — there’s funding available from the Human Frontier Science Progr… Read More
  • Got bold, innovative research ideas with high-impact potential?

    We don’t usually post press releases on our blog, but this one is important enough that I decided to make an exception. I’d hate to think that one of our readers who might have benefited from this opportunity didn’t know about it. And actually I’m not posting a press release, or not verbatim. I’m switching… Read More
  • Labor Shortages or Labor-Market Inefficiency?

    Often there are patterns — sometimes obvious and sometimes not — among the articles we publish in a given week. Often as not these patterns emerge on their own from the chaos of my (virtual) desktop with no planning by me. The latest issue is a good example of the this kind of unintentional, emergent… Read More
  • The Scientific Workforce: Refocusing the Debate

    An article in this week’s Science News of the Week by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee (AAAS membership or Science site license required for access) discusses the report from the Urban Institute and the Congressional hearings on the scientific workforce we blogged about last week. "A new study questions two basic tenets" of the argument that… Read More
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    For Those with a Musical Bent

    If you have an ear for music or just feel good when you hear music playing, funds are available for research to serve both your scientific and musical tastes. The NAMM Foundation, the research arm of the music products industry — a group that includes the stores you see in Nashville that sell those cool… Read More
  • Americas

    The Achievement Trap

    There’s a lot of disagreement these days about the state of the scientific workforce; do we have too few scientists or too many? But rather few in workforce-policy circles question the importance of establishing a scientific workforce that more closely reflects America’s demographic makeup — one that’s less male, less white… Read More