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    Massachusetts Faculty Unions File Unfair Labor Complaint

    The Boston Globe reports today that 11 unions representing faculty and staff at state colleges and universities in Massachusetts filed an unfair labor practices complaint against the state’s board of higher education and the University of Massachusetts (UMass) board of trustees. The complaint accuses the boards of bargaining in bad faith by n… Read More
  • Departments Scramble to Find Math Education Faculty

    Kathryn Chval got 10 interviews for math-education faculty jobs without even applying. All she did was put the word out that she was interested in changing careers. Writing in News of the Week, in Science, Jeff Mervis calls it "one of the hottest job markets in academia." (Subscription of site license required for access.) Read More
  • Do You Really Not Have the Time?

    At the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Career Network, David Perlmutter writes that faculty, too, benefit from improved time-management. Of course, here at Science Careers, we knew that already. Read More
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    Federal R&D Support Declines

    A report from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) confirms what most of us have suspected: That federal support for research and development is declining. According to NSF, real support for research and development fell 1.6% after inflation between 2006 and 2007. This decline is much larger than the 0.2% decline between 2005 and 2006… Read More
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    NIH wants your off-the-wall research ideas … really

    Do you have buzzing around in your head the Next Big Thing in biomedical research, some revolutionary and innovative breakthrough?  If so, NIH wants to hear it, by 28 October.   NIH announced last Friday this year’s competition for Exceptional Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration (EUREKA) awards. With EUREKA, NIH… Read More
  • Directing a Life in Science

    In Science, Mitch Leslie has written an excellent profile of Olivera "Olja" Finn, an immunologist who, according conventional wisdom, did everything "wrong"–having children early, deferring to her husband’s career–yet has succeeded on all fronts, celebrating her 40th wedding anniversary and grandkids while enjo… Read More
  • Scientific Misconduct: The Aftermath

    In a Policy Forum in Science, two scholars from the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania investigate something I’ve long wondered about: What happens to people after they’re found guilty of scientific misconduct. The answer: Productivity declines drastically, suffering ensues, careers end–but at least some of the… Read More
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    Don’t Try This at Home

    I don’t know about you, but chemistry sets were a big part of my childhood. I used to use my allowance each week to buy new chemicals, alcohol burners, and so on, at Cowger’s Toys and Hobbies (yes, that was its real name) in the Searstown Shopping Center in Ft. Pierce, Florida.According to the Worcester… Read More
  • Our New Look

    Regular readers will have noticed that Science Careers has a new look. Behind the scenes, there’s also a new content management system that will help us serve you better. Thanks to our excellent technology team, the transition has been smooth, but there are still a few kinks to work out. Hopefully not too obvious. One… Read More