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  • More on European Mobility

    On Monday, the European Commission called for a partnership among European Union member states to further increase mobility of researchers throughout Europe. The commission’s major recommendations include opening job opportunities to researchers throughout Europe, increasing the portability of grants, and improving the transferability of soci… Read More
  • Tenure at Princeton U

    Here’s an excellent article on tenure at Princeton University, from the Daily Princetonian, with a focus on the chemistry department and their recent decision not to tenure Stefan Bernhard. Princeton’s chemistry department hasn’t tenured a home-grown professor since 1996. Read More
  • Just Give Them Grants

    Before it gets displaced by this week’s new editorial, I thought I should call attention to an important editorial by Alan Leshner, the AAAS executive officer, in last week’s Science (AAAS membership or a site license is required, I think). A lot has been written about the increasing age at which scientists reach independence, and… Read More
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    NSF Releases 2006 Doctorates Data

    National Science Foundation has posted a page in its Science and Engineering Statistics section to request revised tables from its 2006 Survey of Earned Doctorates. The note at the top of the page says, "SRS (Division of Science Resources Statistics) will be releasing revised tables from the 2006 Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) for the… Read More
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    Women Scientists and Engineers Sound Off about Their Careers

    The blog Scientiae, maintained by a group blog of women in the STEM professions, devoted its May monthly carnival — a collection of contributions from each blogger — to sharing experiences on the development of their careers. The comments, collected by blogger FlickaMawa, cover issues such as pressure to publish, balancing family and wo… Read More
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    After a death in the family …

    Marci Alboher, the New York Times careers columnist, posted an entry on her blog last week about the conflicts and guilt generated about trying to do one’s work after a death in the family. A death occurred in Alboher’s own family, and she reported on her own conflicts and guilt. For anyone who has lost… Read More
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    NSF Promises to Release Missing Doctorates Data

    Last week, we reported on this blog that that National Science Foundation has stopped reporting data on numbers of minorities earning doctorates in some scientific specialties if those numbers fall below a certain threshold. NSF told us yesterday they plan to release the missing data, including those in its latest survey. The Survey of Earned… Read More
  • Earn 98K at FDA

            Stuck in a postdoc? Economic times like these breed despondency, not hope, but even dark clouds have silver linings. In response to a number of recent crises, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced plans to make 1317 new hires, including "hundreds with science and medical backgrounds." Many of the… Read More
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    U.S. Proposes Hike in Student Visa Fee

    Tucked away in a news release from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on 11 April is a notice that DHS has proposed doubling the fee for student visas from $100 to $200. The fee is required of all new applicants for visas to attend academic and vocational schools in the U.S., and is non-refundable. Read More