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  • A Fun Read

    Most of you probably know about it already, but for those of you who don’t: For a consistently fun read, check out A Natural Scientist. Read More
  • A Podcast on Ditching the Ivory Tower

    Sabine Hikel, who created the Leaving Academia blog, has moved on to producing a podcast of the same name, hosted by University Affairs, a Canadian magazine focused on higher education. Podcasts so far have covered an English Ph.D. who became an environmentalist, a "dramaturge" who became a "life coach," and a linguist who grew… Read More
  • Hostility to Trailing Spouses

    Here’s an interesting post from ‘Absinthe’ (whose tagline reads "1000 years of affirmative action for white males is enough"). It’s about her struggles (and the struggles of another female physicist/trailing spouse) to find a home in the lone physics department in a small college town. Apparently, not everyone is h… Read More
  • Do Engineers Have a ‘Terrorist Mindset’?

    An article by Junko Yoshida at EE Times Online looks at a paper, by Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog of Oxford University, that says that engineers are over-represented "among graduates who gravitate towards violent groups." Why? The authors of the paper say it’s due to the "engineer’s mindset;"  "a dispro… Read More
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    Science-Engineering Internships Win International Best-Practices Award

    The Institute of International Education (IIE) announced yesterday the 2008 winners of its Best Practices in International Education awards, and the first prize went to an internship program in Japan for science and engineering students. The NanoJapan initiative that won the top rating provides undergraduate summer internships in nanotechnology at… Read More
  • ‘Dickensian’ Times for Research in Florida

    "Florida" and "Dickens" are two concepts that don’t really seem to go together — but "Dickensian" is how Richard J. Bookman, vice-provost for research at the University of Miami, describes Florida’s current research-and-funding situation. "We are in the best and worst of times," Bookman said… Read More
  • Work Smarter Not Longer (or Harder)

    This may be 2 years old, but it’s still as valuable as ever. Stever ("No, That’s Not a Typo") Robbins writes at Working Knowledge for Business Leaders on the Harvard Business School Website: Working smart means getting the same results in less time. To do that, you must change how you work. You’ll get the… Read More
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    Stress and Heart Disease Among Younger Workers

    Reuters, via MSNBC, reports today on a study in the European Heart Journal on the association between work-related stress and coronary heart disease. Science Careers often reports on conditions that can cause conflict or stress, to help scientists and engineers cope with their work conditions. But this research points out that it’s the younge… Read More
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    Funding News You Can Use

    When GrantsNet began adding new U.S. government science grants last spring, the volume of new funding opportunites on a given month tripled, which meant the monthly Funding News also tripled in size. To make it easier to find the grants you want in each Funding News, we added a search feature for each month’s entries… Read More
  • Ph.D. students in Europe, and Beyond: Numbers and Job Prospects

    As counted by Eurostat, more than 525,000 students were doing a Ph.D. across the 27 Member States of the European Union in 2004. That year, more than 93,000 students obtained their doctorate — twice as many as in the United States and six times more than in Japan. Around 26,000 of the newly granted Ph.D.s… Read More