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    Editors’ Best of 2007 Now Live

    For three years, Science Careers has devoted its last issue of the year to highlighting our editors’ choices for the best articles of the year, and we continued that tradition this year. Our editors could apply whatever criteria they deemed fit to the decision, but had to limit their choices to five articles only. The… Read More
  • Ever been plagiarized by an Australian Fashion Model?

    Here’s something you don’t see everyday: Physicist Scott Aaronson of Canada’s University of Waterloo, has found himself plagiarized — a passage from his published lecture notes lifted without attribution — by a couple of models acting in an Australian ad for a Ricoh printer. Here’s a transcript of the ad (which y… Read More
  • Year-End Review, with Yourself

    On the Shifting Careers blog at the New York Times, Michael Melcher engages in some year-end self-assessment. The usefulness of such exercises depends on how well they’re executed, so Melcher’s thoughtful modeling of the self-assessment process is helpful. Read More
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    A Bio-Nano Training Opportunity at Johns Hopkins

    Johns Hopkins University is on the lookout for new recruits to enroll in their Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Nanotechnology for Biology and Medicine (NBMed). Funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and run out of the university’s  Institute for Nanobiotechnology (INBT), the program is geared to people look… Read More
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    New Help for Student Borrowers

    The National Consumer Law Center has set up a new site with an extensive collection of answers to questions and tutorials on student loans.  The site, Student Loan Borrower Assistance has two main sections: 1. Get Answers offers a long list of FAQs on the basics of student loans, default, delinquency, bankruptcy, loan cancellation, repayment… Read More
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    English-Language Test Disrupted

    The Educational Testing Service (ETS) reported that it had to postpone the scheduled offering of its Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) on 15 December. According to the organization’s Web site, ETS suffered "an internal service disruption during the check-in procedure" for the test. ETS offers the test at hundreds of loca… Read More
  • Europe

    First ERC Awards Announced

    The European Research Council (ERC) today announced the completion of the selection process for its first Starting Independent Investigators grants. The awards — aimed at scientists with between 2 and 9 years of post-Ph.D. experience, an excellent track record, ground-breaking research ideas, and in the process of establishing an independent… Read More
  • Linking Workplace Productivity With Personal Stress

    This week, I got a press release from the Economic and Social Research Council with the subject line, rather stressfully typed in all uppercase letters, "WORKPLACE OPPORTUNITIES AND STRESSES ARE BOTH INCREASING." An ESRC funded study has found that new-ish workplace practices such as team building, performance-based pay, and productivity… Read More
  • Ph.D.s Ditch the Lab

    As Harvard expands its Ph.D. programs in the sciences, graduates seeking jobs in academia face the bleakest employment prospects in decades, writes Clifford Marks in the Harvard Crimson. Read More
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    More on Work-Life Balance

    This week’s package on work-life balance has generated some interesting feedback, and once you start talking about these issues, related items pop up all over the place. We heard from Kathleen Wiant, co-founder of needlestackjobs.com. It’s a new job board that lists flextime jobs in professional fields. The site defines "flext… Read More
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