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    Networking Tips for Job Hunters

    At the group blog Career Hub, Sital Ruparelia offers a list of 21 networking tips for job seekers. Networking seems simple and natural enough, but there’s a skill to it, and Ruparelia’s tips may help even experienced networkers. Networking is something that you need pursue systematically and professionally. While you need to be yourself… Read More
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    Webinars Explain Details of Gilman Scholarships

    The Institute of International Education (IIE) now offers a series of webinars on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program, which encourages U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad. Gilman Scholarships aim to diversify the composition of typical study-abroad cohorts by giving preference to the atypical students, including those… Read More
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    RIP: A Quiet Hero

    The New York Times reports the death of Gerald Gardner, a geophysicist who helped develop methods to locate oil using seismic vibrations. He died of leukemia at 83. Gardner also developed the statistics used to support a landmark lawsuit against a Pittsburgh newspaper that led to a 1973 Supreme Court decision that rendered illegal the… Read More
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    Article update: pan-European pensions

    The European Commission has launched a feasibility study of pan-European pension funds for researchers, according to a statement (if a blog entry is considered a statement) from Janez Potočnik, European commissioner for research. The idea is to make it easier for researchers to contribute to, and ultimately collect, a pension fund no matter what c… Read More
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    A Discordant Note About Rock Stars of Science (Updated)

    At the end of May, we commented  — favorably — on the campaign by philanthropies of the late fashion designer Geoffrey Beene to attract young people to science. That campaign, called Rock Stars of Science, featured a photoshoot in GQ, the men’s fashion magazine, combining real rock stars (e.g., Will.I.Am and Sheryl Crow) with… Read More
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    Rutgers Postdocs Form Labor Union

    Our colleagues at ScienceInsider yesterday posted news about the 350 postdoctoral fellows at Rutgers University voting to form a union, a vote certified on Tuesday by New Jersey’s public employment relation’s commission. The postdocs’ union will join a labor council on the Rutgers campus that includes the American Association of U… Read More
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    Job Markets and Lunar Landings

    These last few days have put me in a pensive and sentimental mood. I’m a child of the 1960’s, 5 years old when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon. Those were times when people were excited about science and jobs were–apparently–abundant. Stephen Shafroth, a senior colleague during my physics years (we also co-edited an esote… Read More
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    “No Such Thing as Work-Life Balance”

    Jack Welch, the legendary former CEO of General Electric Corporation, caused a stir with a comment made in his keynote address at the Society for Human Resource Management conference on 28 June. “There’s no such thing as work-life balance,” said Welch, who added “There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have… Read More
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    Studying Humans in Space

    Forty years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon. But four decades later, how much do we know about how space flight affects the human body? A new master’s degree in human space exploration sciences at the University of Houston (UH) aims to open up the science behind human spaceflight. Read More
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    H-1B Visas for Current Year Still Available

    The technology trade magazine Information Week reports that some 20,000 H-1B visas, used to bring high-skilled temporary workers to the United States, are still available for the current fiscal year. Immigration law sets an annual quota of 65,000 H-1B visas, and to date the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received 44,900 visa petition… Read More
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