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    Israel’s Treasury and University Heads Resume Talks to Avoid Shutdown

    The Israeli daily newspaper Ha’aretz reports today that Israel’s Council of Higher Education–a consortium of the country’s seven public universities–met with Finance Ministry officials for the first time in a week to resolve a funding dispute that threatens the scheduled opening of the schools on Sunday. The institutio… Read More
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    Learn About Academic Research Careers in Germany

    In early December, three German research organizations are offering information sessions in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles about research and research training in Germany. The sessions, called "Research Careers Made in Germany: Explore Opportunities in German Academia," will include representatives of the German Research F… Read More
  • Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory

    Last night, I went to a panel discussion sponsored by the Association for Women in Science featuring some of the authors from the recent released book Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory: Women Scientists Speak Out (I linked to amazon, use your bookseller of choice) by Emily Monosson. I bought this book several months ago… Read More
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    Michigan Tech Unveils Peace Corps Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering

    Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, recently announced a new mechanical engineering degree program that combines academic study with Peace Corps service. Students in the program, which will begin in the fall of 2009, start on the Michigan Tech campus with classroom and research work, like other master’s degree candidates. Read More
  • Europe

    The Political Scientist in Europe

    Dear Editor, My name is Debora Keller, I am a 1st year PhD student in Molecular mechanisms of Cancer at the Federal Polytechnical School of Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and also member of the Young European Biotech Network (YEBN). While reading your article on the "political scientist", I could not help but agree.  Yes, young scient… Read More
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    VA to Implement GI Bill with Internal Staff

    In an abrupt reversal, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced late Friday it will rely on its own information technology staff to implement the 21st century G.I. Bill rather than contracting out the work. As recently as 3 weeks ago, VA officials told Congress that they needed outside help to meet the tight deadlines… Read More
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    Science Bloggers to Convene, In Person

    ScienceOnline09 holds its third annual blogging conference on Saturday and Sunday, 17-18 January 2009, in Research Triangle Park, NC. The event covers blogging in science–a subject obviously near and dear–but it also branches into issues that can help researchers communicate with colleagues and the general public. For bloggers, the conf… Read More
  • Cool Videos

    There’s one other thing I wanted to mention about the Beckerle presentation. She showed some movies, made by Julie Theriot, that I found astonishing. In one, a white blood cell chased a bacterium, PacMan like, around a cell. Another showed the little bacteria trying hard to escape the cell, finally discovering an opening at the… Read More
  • Blogging SACNAS

    Today and tomorrow I’m in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 35th annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. This morning over breakfast, the first keynote speaker of the day offered some advice that, though it’s hardly new, is worth repeating. Mary K. Beckerle, a prominent cancer… Read More
  • Clayman Institute Report on Dual Career Couples

    Before joining the Science Careers team, I earned my PhD in Women Studies from the University of Washington, where I studied women and dual-career couples in the sciences.  In addition to posting here about the outreach program, I’ll also post occasionally about topics related to my research. At the end of August, scholars at the… Read More