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    Increasing Creativity in Brainstorming Sessions

    A popular way of mustering innovative and fresh ideas is to hold a brainstorming session — but according to a paper published recently in Applied Cognitive Psychology, this may not be the best approach. The study, which was carried out by Nicholas Kohn of the University of Texas at Arlington and Steven Smith of Texas A&M Un… Read More
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    Dealing with Different Interviewer Types

    In an EmploymentDigest blog post from yesterday, Bill Vick advises job hunters who land an interview to assess the style of the interviewer and be prepared to react accordingly as the session progresses. Vick, a recruiter, entrepreneur, and consultant, parses interviewers into five types and says that recognizing an interviewer’s type early i… Read More
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    Tips for Getting a Great Internship

    On Friday, Tara Weiss in offered some pointers for students on landing a coveted summer internship. Hunting for an internship is a lot like hunting for a permanent job in that it takes both preparation and professionalism. Interns may generally be younger or paid less, but that still means you have to look and… Read More
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    New Training Demands in a Changing European Landscape

    Over the next one or two decades, research infrastructure in Europe could begin to look very different. For the coming generation of scientists, that means new challenges and opportunities on the horizon. As the Sixth European Conference on Research Infrastructures (ECRI2010), which took place in Barcelona earlier this week, once more demonstrated… Read More
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    Congress Passes Student Loan Bill; Funds Reduced for Community Colleges

    Consistent with the plan we mentioned 2 weeks ago on the Science Careers blog, the House of Representatives lumped much of their student-loan bill into the package of fixes to the health care reform bill. Yesterday, both the Senate and the House passed this package, which now goes to President Obama for his signature. But… Read More
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    More on Celebrating Women in Science

    March is Women’s History Month, and this week in particular there have been some exciting highlights of women in science. For starters, today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day of blogging about women in science. Bloggers can register their posts with the Finding Ada Web site, where anyone can view a map or a list… Read More
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    Comparative Effectiveness Research Boosted in Health Care Bill

    The hotly debated Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that passed the Senate in December and House of Representatives last night establishes a new center for comparative effectiveness research in health care costs and quality, a topic discussed earlier this month in a Science Careers article. Section 6301 of the bill establishes an independe… Read More
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    NIH Wants New Ideas on Workforce Diversity

    National Institutes of Health (NIH) wants a few really new and different ideas on how to achieve more ethnic diversity in the biomedical sciences, and is prepared to pay up to $10 million for those ideas.  Our colleague Jeff Mervis on the Science Insider blog yesterday reported on a new NIH Director’s Pathfinder Award aimed… Read More
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    Winning, and Losing, Lawsuits for Sex Discrimination

    Another article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education today and written by Mary Ann Mason, co-director of the Berkeley Law Center on Health, Economic & Family Security, looks at how over the years women have won, and lost, lawsuits for tenure denial based on sex discrimination.   The laws are there: “Titl… Read More
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    When to Talk (or Not) About Family

    Case No. 1: You’re an assistant professor, married with young children, at a small liberal-arts college… It’s been a long year, and you’re looking forward to… that long-neglected family vacation. Then your chair… announces that a senior colleague has unexpectedly retired: Can you cover her classes over the summer… Read More