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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Dr. Grant Swinger

    Do you know Dr. Grant Swinger? Sure you do — everybody knows Dr. Grant Swinger of the Center for the Absorption of Federal Funds. Or, anyway, they did in the mid-1960s. In this week’s Taken for Granted column, which will be published online this afternoon (I’ll post a link here when one is available), Beryl… Read More
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    Talk about an “alternative” career!

    Young scientists are always being told that they should explore career opportunities beyond the academic bench.  Well, someone who seems to have taken that idea to the outer limits has just been named one of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius” awards for her work in that second career.  Novelist and short story wri… Read More
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    US House recognizes National Postdoc Appreciation Week

    In the nick of time, at 4:30 PM on Thursday, the United States House of Representatives officially recognized National Postdoc Appreciation Week, which began on Monday and occurs during the week of the third Monday in September.  The National Postdoctoral Association led the successful drive for passage of House Resolution 1545, whic… Read More
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    The real purpose of tenure?

    We often hear that the tenure system is essential to defend academic freedom.  But, as an article in yesterday’s Harvard Crimson reveals, the inalienable right of faculty members (or at least those officially recognized as having produced the requisite number of adequately impactful publications within a 6-year period) to advance knowled… Read More
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    Contact Congress today to get postdocs more respect

    Among the many things postdocs need more of (such as money in their paychecks and opportunities to launch their careers), respect and appreciation rank high.  To this end, U.S. Representative Cliif Stearns (R-Florida) is sponsoring a House resolution granting official recognition to National Postdoc Appreciation Week, observed the third w… Read More
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    The best expertise money — and flattery — can buy

    How do pharmaceutical companies get reputable academic medical researchers from fine universities to flog their products to the nation’s doctors?  By providing the hired brains something they value even more than the high fees the companies pay for “consulting:” A feeling of importance that comes from associating with elite c… Read More
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    In August, a (slightly) down month for online job ads

    In August, the number of job ads posted online, overall and in science-related categories, declined a little after healthy gains the previous month. And  in July — the last month for which detailed unemployment data is available — the aforementioned healthy increase in job ads, and a modest decline in the number of unemployed job-s… Read More
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    Language barriers in science

    Today’s The Daily Scan uncovered a real gem: A YouTube animation of a hypothetical conversation between an investigator and a biostatistician. Judging by the comments on the video on Genome Web and on You Tube, it resonated with several viewers. (I just thought it was really, really funny.) It highlights well the language barriers across… Read More
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    The Power of No

    Frances Oldham Kelsey is one of the most important health scientists you’ve probably never heard of.  Unless you’re old enough to remember the Kennedy presidency, you may not know that Kelsey, a Ph.D. pharmacologist and physician, saved countless Americans (certainly tens of thousands) from atrocious, and needless, deformities and… Read More