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  • Alan Kotok

    Interview Body Language: Watch the Other Guy

    In the blog EmploymentDigest today, career coach Peter Fisher offers a number of tips related to body language in a job interview. Fisher’s basic message is that in order to build rapport, interviewees should take their cues from the interviewer. By the time you get to an interview, you’ve already made a good impression with… Read More
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    Univ. of Arizona President: Students Leaving Campus Because of Immigration Law

    University of Arizona president Robert Shelton sent a memo today to the campus community saying that Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070, has already caused students from outside Arizona to reverse plans to attend the institution. In the memo, reported by a Tucson television station, Shelton noted, We have already begun to feel an impact… Read More
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    More Americans Delaying Retirement

    The retirement of older workers opens up jobs for new workers entering the labor force. But according to a new survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), many older Americans plan to continue working beyond the retirement age. This year, fully one-third (33%) of American workers expect to retire after age 65, up from… Read More
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    Networking Inside Your Organization

    Most of the networking advice on Science Careers helps expand connections and contacts outside your regular circles, which often means with people at other companies, institutions, or organizations.  This week on his blog, career coach and author Rod Colón recommends that you also pay attention to networks at your current employer. He provide… Read More
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    Shooting for — and Hitting — the Moon

    A long time ago — 9 years and one month to be precise — I wrote an article for Science Careers profiling Tom Murphy, then a postdoc in physics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Murphy was then on a quest to locate a needle in a haystack — or, less metaphorically, to bounce… Read More
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    Yale Physician-Scientist Shot, Killed

    Seven months after Yale graduate student Annie Le’s body was found in the basement of the Yale laboratory building where she worked, a Yale postdoc has been murdered, this one outside his home in nearby Branford, Connecticut. According to the Yale Daily News and several local news outlets, Vajinder Toor, a physician scientist and a… Read More
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    Follow-up #2: NFL Gives Myron Rolle a Shot (and Vice-Versa)

    Here’s an unlikely alternative career for a scientist: Playing safety in the National Football League. Recent Rhodes Scholar and former Florida State Uiversity (FSU) standout Myron Rolle may just make it happen.  This weekend the Tennesse Titans chose Rolle in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL draft making him the 207th overall pick. As… Read More
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    Postdoc Independence Workshop Videos Now Online

    Last month, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of National Institutes of Health, put on a two-day workshop to help postdocs make the transition to independent researchers. NIGMS now has videos from the workshop available for viewing on its Web site. Each of the 17 sessions from the 11-12 March event is… Read More
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    Prepping Your References

    At this week, Susan Adams provides tips on how to get your references to provide glowing accounts of your performance. As we pointed out last October, more employers today use the reference-checking process to learn all they can about potential hires, so you should not leave references to chance. The first rule, Adams says… Read More