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    Raising the Roof on a Scientific Career

    The Science Careers feature last week on career renewal has pointed us towards several stories involving strange career turns, including this report, spotted by editor Jim Austin, on Wayne Marasco, M.D., Ph.D., appearing today on the U.S. News and World Report site. According to the article, Marasco developed a technique for identifying common anti… Read More
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    Blog Your Way to Antarctica

    Biology doctoral student, blogger, and Science Careers Facebook fan Danielle Lee points us to a competition that gives the winner an all-expenses-paid trip to Antarctica. The contest offers bloggers–Danielle is one of the contestants–a chance to post an essay on why they deserve to win the voyage. Visitors to the site vote on who they… Read More
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    Career renewal issues on the big screen

    It was just a coincidence, but last Saturday I went to see a movie that tied in with the career renewal feature we published just the day before on Science Careers. If you get a chance, go and see it. It’s a lovely story providing food for thoughts for academics.   ‘The Visitor‘ features a… Read More
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    Climate Change Bill Creates New Energy Research Centers

    One section of the climate-change bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday (officially, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, or ACES), creates a series of clean energy innovation centers under the Department of Energy with three objectives: “(1) leverage the expertise and resources of the university and privat… Read More
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    Science/Engineering Grad Student and Postdoc Numbers Jump

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) reports in its latest Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering that the number and diversity of grad students and postdocs in these disciplines increased in 2007. The report says that in 2007 the number of engineering and science students increased 3.3% over 2006, the largest on… Read More
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    Where do Ph.D.s work?

    Anywhere from 30% to 60% of doctoral graduates in the sciences end up in research, depending on the discipline. That’s according to a new report, “What Do Researchers Do? First Destinations of Doctoral Graduates by Subject,” released yesterday afternoon by Vitae, the U.K.-funded career development organization for doctorate holder… Read More
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    Study Associates Implicit Gender Stereotypes with Science/Math Achievement

    A new study finds a strong correlation between hidden or unconscious stereotypes that link males with science and mathematics to higher achievement among males in those fields. The findings, by University of Virginia psychology professor Brain Nosek, are published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study matches d… Read More
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    Tomorrow’s Women, Tomorrow’s World

    The full report of the March 2009 conference, Tomorrow’s Women, Tomorrow’s World, is now available online from the U.K. Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology. Conference reports aren’t usually page-turners, but I attended this excellent meeting, and I think the report sums everything up nicely and succi… Read More
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    Wendy Hall on Being a Woman Scientist

    Earlier this month, the Guardian talked to computer scientist Wendy Hall about her career choices, her experience as a woman in a male-dominated field, and her latest project, among other topics. (Hall spoke to Science Careers in 2007 for an article on career frameworks for early-career scientists.) Hall, professor of computer science at the Univer… Read More
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    Private Research Universities Step Up for G.I. Bill Tuition Assistance

    Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who qualify for graduate degrees in science will have access to some of the country’s top private research universities under a special program included in the new G.I. Bill signed into law last year. Yesterday (15 June) was the deadline for schools to declare their participation in… Read More