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    Navy Helping Veterans Affairs Implement New G.I. Bill

    The U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has signed on to help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implement the 21st Century G.I. Bill, VA’s third implementation strategy in as many months. This new plan, outlined by Keith Wilson, the VA’s director of education services, was the focus of testimony on 1… Read More
  • Computer Science: Why So Few Women?

    Most areas of science have made progress in increasing the representation of women–slow, inadequate progress in some fields, but progress nonetheless. Computer science is an exception. This article, from yesterday’s New York Times, asks, ‘Why is the number of women entering computer science declining?’ Read More
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    Should You Sign a Non-Compete Agreement?

    On MSNBC today, contributor Eve Tahmincioglu talks about the pros and cons of non-compete agreements–mainly the cons. A non-compete agreement is a pact between you and your employer in which you agree that, if you leave the company, you won’t go to work for a company in the same line of business for a specified… Read More
  • Serious Postdoc Weirdness

    There’s no denying that life as a postdoc can be stressful. The pay is relatively low, the hours are long, the long-term prospects often aren’t great, and sometimes bosses–and colleagues–can be real jerks. But the events described in this story, from a staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle (Hat tip: The Chronicle of Hi… Read More
  • Political Prognostication Careers

    This article in Sunday’s New York Times profiles Nate Silver, a numbers guy who started the political Website FiveThirtyEight.com and has won a popular following by correctly predicting the outcome of political races. Prior to that, he made a living analyzing baseball statistics. (Check out this In Person piece about another scientist who mak… Read More
  • Scientific Stimulus

    Over at Talking Points Memo, a liberal political blog, economist and former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich provides a prescription for getting us out what he calls our current "mini-depression"–not a full-on 1930’s crisis but worse than the periodic recessions the country (and the world) goes through every few years. Rei… Read More
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    Tough Economy Hitting Academic Hiring and Financial Aid

    If you think the academic world might escape today’s tough economy, think again. Saturday’s New York Times reports on many institutions, private and public alike, cutting faculty jobs, freezing new hires, reducing financial aid, and in some cases raising tuition. The economic downturn–what former Labor Secretary Robert Reich now c… Read More
  • Praise for Beryl Benderly and Science Careers

    Dear editor, Thank you for this extremely well-written and exhaustively researched article!!  I’m a recent PhD graduate from a western university and everything written here pretty much sums up what a lot of us have been through but never hear.  At the beginning of my fifth and last year, I had the opportunity to have… Read More
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    FDA: Potential Employment Winner for Scientists in the Obama Administration

    The Associated Press yesterday identified the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an agency likely to benefit in the upcoming Obama administration, with employment implications for scientists. During most of President Bush’s time in office, the FDA has languished in terms of both funding and a diminished mission, though this blog pointed ou… Read More
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    G.I. Bill Video in the New York Times

    The New York Times today (1 November) offers a feature, "Combat to College", on the 21st Century G.I. Bill described in a June 2008 feature in Science Careers on veterans returning to school to study science and engineering. The Times feature today includes a video of Ismael Valenzuela, a former U.S. Marine making the transition… Read More