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    Podcast: Training Translational Scientists

    This week, CTSciNet, the Clinical and Translational Science Network, teamed up with Science Translational Medicine for a podcast on fostering a translational medicine workforce. The podcast features an interview with Garret FitzGerald, director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania Schoo… Read More
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    At Stanford, a Record Number of Postdocs

    It probably happens all across the country every year, but few take notice. At Stanford the milestone was commemorated by an article in today’s Stanford Report, the university’s daily news vehicle. At the beginning of 2010, Stanford had 1754 postdocs — more than ever before. Postdocs at Stanford now outnumber every undergraduate c… Read More
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    NSF: Jobs in Science and Engineering Grew Much Faster than in Other Fields

    A new InfoBrief from the U.S. National Science Foundation says that between 2004 and 2008 the number of jobs in science and engineering (S&E) increased by 13.7% compared to 5.5% for all occupations and 4.9% for non-S&E occupations — an annual growth rate of 3.3%. Interestingly, all the job growth in science and engineering occurred… Read More
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    Many Unpaid Internships On Thin Legal Ice

    In Friday’s New York Times, Steven Greenhouse describes how unpaid internships may get companies offering these opportunities in legal hot water. The story tells about students not only working gratis at some of these jobs when the law says they should be paid, but also doing tasks that could hardly be called an educational experience. Read More
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    Launch of the Global Young Academy

    A new academy honoring outstanding early-career scientists from around the world has just been launched under the auspices of the InterAcademy Panel for International Issues (IAP). In an editorial published this week in Science (subscription required), 6 founding members of the Global Young Academy (GYA) present the new organization.  Mem… Read More
  • Alan Kotok

    Getting Hired, From the Boss’s Perspective

    In a post on, posted yesterday, columnist Bill Bartman gives advice to budding employers on the five traits he believes make for great hires. While intended for employers, his advice offers insights into the thinking behind hiring decision, particularly in small businesses or quickly changing industries, that could be helpful to jo… Read More
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    Could It Really Be Over — Finally?

    I’ve been lucky enough to stay employed throughout this long, deep recession. But when I read the bulk email this morning from the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and learned that the economy had added 162,000 jobs in March — and, in a correction, 14,000 each in January and February — I got… Read More
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    Job Ads for Scientists, Engineers Increase in March

    The number of online opportunities in most science and engineering categories increased in March, while ads seeking health care professionals jumped substantially.  The ratio of job-seekers to online ads for most scientists and engineers in February — the latest month  data are available — remained about the same as January, w… Read More