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    Seeking Anxious Scientists

    For an upcoming Mind Matters column for Science Careers, psychologist/writer Irene Levine is seeking stories from scientists and science trainees  about the impact anxiety has had on their professional productivity. When do you get anxious? What symptoms do you experience? How has it affected your work? How do you deal with it? Has anxiety had… Read More
  • Elisabeth Pain , ,

    Life-long career development

    You may feel that, once you’ve got tenure and set up your lab and life in a place you like, your scientific career will go on forever. But while it’s quite common for professors in the United States to remain active and productive researchers in older age, national laws and cultural traditions make it much… Read More
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    From the Nobel Prize to Third World Medicine: An Interview With Peter Agre

    Physician-scientist Peter Agre’s biggest research contribution to date is his discovery of aquaporins, the proteins that regulate and facilitate the transport of water molecules across cell membranes. Aquaporins are important in physiological processes such as kidney concentration and spinal fluid secretion, and play a role in several disease… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly , ,

    The heroes of the Hauser affair

    I have been reading the copious reportage on the Hauser affair at Harvard with admiration and respect. But that respect is not for the prominent professor who is alleged to have grievously abused his position and the trust of his colleagues and subordinates, nor is it for the cautious bureaucrats at that influential university who have… Read More
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    Tenure-track hiring falls at U.S. medical schools

    The percentage of new faculty hired on the tenure track at U.S. academic medical centers and medical schools has been falling steadily for almost a quarter of a century, according to a report out this month from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Only a quarter of new clinical faculty hired in 2009 were on… Read More
  • Elisabeth Pain ,

    Should we produce more Ph.D. students?

    Monica J. Harris, a social psychologist at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, made a compelling case in yesterday’s issue of Inside Higher Ed that the number of Ph.D. students should be reduced.  Harris, who has been the committee chair or co-chair for 13 Ph.D. students in her 23 years of professorship, has become increasingly… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    University of California postdocs ratify first union contract

    By a vote of 2588 in favor to 121 opposed, the postdocs of the University of California’s ten campuses have approved the first contract negotiated between their union and the university. The union, PRO/UAW (formally known as Postdoctoral Researchers Organize/United Auto Workers) announced the result last night, after a week of balloting. &nbs… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Your tax dollars at work in Sri Lanka

    With millions of Americans, including many with technical and scientific qualifications, struggling to find work in a brutal job market, readers of Information Week were surprised to learn of a program by their government’s US Agency for International Development that was apparently designed to train thousands of workers in Sri Lanka and Arme… Read More
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    Another mixed month in employment in the United States

    On the surface, the employment report released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics looks bad: 131,000 jobs lost in the midst of what many hoped was a recovery. Dig just a little deeper and it looks a little better — maybe — but still not very good. Last month’s job losses resulted… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Calling all postdoc entrepreneurs

    The second annual competition for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Postdoctoral  Entrepreneur Awards is now open.  In conjunction with the National Postdoctoral Association, the foundation has announced two prizes– $10,000 for a scientist who has successfully commercialized his or her research and $2500 for one who is in… Read More