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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Doctoring admissions standards

    How can we get more members of the underrepresented gender into selective science-based educational programs?  One Canadian medical school re-adjusted its admission criteria to de-emphasize the area where the underrepresented gender does not perform as well. Correcting a former “over-emphasis on grade point average,” admissions com… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    Video: Pioneer women scientists at Stanford

    Scope, the blog from the Stanford University School of Medicine, posted the video below this week of Stanford scientists Carla Shatz and Helen Blau. According to the video, Shatz and Blau met in 1978 when they became the first women to be hired on Stanford medical school’s basic science faculty as part of an affirmative… Read More
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    New ERC Starting Grant Awardees

    The European Research Council (ERC) announced the results of its third Starting Grants competition this week. Altogether, 427 early-career researchers won a total of about €580 million that they will use to establish independent labs in Europe. Launched in 2007, the Starting Grants offer researchers of any nationality and age, and… Read More
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    An iPhone/iPad App to Search for (U.S.) Federal Jobs

    I’ve just learned about an app for the iPad and the iPhone that allows users to locate and apply for federal jobs. And once you’ve applied for a job, you can receive status updates through the app. says that currently more than 30,000 jobs are posted, and searchable via the app. You can also… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Not what he had bargained for

    It’s often said that people with IT degrees can really clean up in the job market, but few do so quite as literally as Sam Fanning.  Earning his bachelors last year in network and IT administration from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, yesterday’s Chronicle of Higher Education reports, Fanning unsuccessfully sought work is… Read More
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    Biologist behind “Mompetition” videos

    There’s a new word going around to describe the rivalry that mothers feel toward one another: “mompetition.” It’s elucidated in a hilarious new series of viral cartoons, in which an uptight mom and a laid-back mom try to one-up each other on the playground. If the charged dialogues bear a resemblance — in tone, if… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Following a “crooked line” to achievement

    In an era when many scientists find it difficult to follow the straight career path they once envisioned, the life of mathematics great Benoit Mandelbrot, who died last week at 85, offers proof that there’s more than one road to success.  Following a route as unconventional as his intellect, he achieved renown as the developer… Read More
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    Online Job Ads: Better Overall in September, but Not in Science

    In August, the number of job ads online in all employment categories increased significantly but modestly, while the number of ads in science-related categories declined, but very slightly. And  in August — the last month for which detailed unemployment data is available — an increase in the number of unemployed people looking for… Read More