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    Google to Announce New Venture Capital Fund

    The New York Times reports today that Google will soon announce an expansion of its fledgling Google Ventures arm. According to the Times story, Google plans to invest $100 million over the next 12 months in what it considers promising startups in fields such as Internet technologies, clean energy, and the life sciences. The expanded… Read More
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    Opportunities, Interest Rise in Nuclear Energy Careers

    Today’s Wall Street Journal describes what it calls the revival of the nuclear energy industry, which comes, they say, with new job opportunities and renewed academic interest.  In 1979, a partial meltdown at the Three-Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania soured the U.S. on nuclear power, raising questions about its safety, as well… Read More
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    College Towns Offer Better Employment Prospects

    People in college and university communities may find themselves with better employment prospects than the U.S. at large, according to a story in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. The tough economic environment is forcing town and gown to work together, with benefits for both parties. In January, six U.S. cities had unemployment rates below 4% Read More
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    Computer Student Enrollments Increasing in the U.S. and Canada

    A new report this week from the Computing Research Association (CRA)  shows enrollments and degrees rising among bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. students in the U.S. and Canada. For undergraduates at least, this marks a reversal of a trend going back to 2002. The report, which describes changes between the 2007-2008 and 2006-2007 academic ye… Read More
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    Keeping Skills Sharp During a Layoff

    If you get a layoff notice, something that’s happening more and more in this economy, you need to be prepared for an extended period away from the work you spent a big chunk of your time on. Unless you’re independently wealthy–and not many of us are– the first thing to worry about is seeing to… Read More
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    Congressional Supporter Backs Away from Increased H-1B Visas

    At a news conference by the Technology Policy Institute (TPI) last week, which was organized to build support for increasing high-skilled immigration to the United States, a key congressional backer of increased immigration for highly skilled workers put a damper on the audience’s expectations. American companies can now hire up to 65,000 for… Read More
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    More on Faculty Positions in France: How to Get One

    Despite the low salary, landing on the first permanent rung of the academic career ladder in France is difficult, and not just because they are highly competitive. The procedures for applying can also be daunting. If you are new, or foreign, to the current application system for a position of maître de conférences in France, this step-b… Read More
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    Questions d’Argent (Money Matters)

    If you’re a researcher in training in France, or if you’re considering faculty employment at a French university, you may be interested in the following, which suggests that financial prospects for young faculty members are, in a word, grim. In an article published on Rue89, a French Web site for information and debate, M… Read More
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    Avoiding Plagiarism

    It seems like a no-brainer that you shouldn’t take someone else’s research or words, slap your name on it, and submit it to a journal. However, quite a few scientists out there seem to have missed this simple lesson. Consider these responses by authors who duplicated content and citations from earlier published articles: “To be… Read More