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  • Elisabeth Pain , , , ,

    Drawing on your Personal Values to Fight Sexist Stereotypes

    New research appearing this week in Science (published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, also the publisher of Science Careers) suggests that reaffirming  personal values in a simple writing exercise could help women overcome sexist stereotypes. The study (subscription required), led by psychologist Akira Miyake… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Getting started in entrepreneurship

    For academic scientists with an idea they think might have commercial potential, figuring out whether and how to move it from the university lab to the marketplace is a formidable challenge.  Andrew Hargadon, the Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Davis, and director of the university’s Cente… Read More
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    Be Bold

    Daring to follow untraveled paths in science can be both daunting and risky for young scientists. Yet boldness is a common, key ingredient in the careers of the most successful scientists. In these days of self-doubt, it’s good to recall words from Thomas Waldmann, who since 1973 has been chief of the Metabolism Branch at… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Making proposals shine

    Of all the career skills that a scientist needs, the ability to construct winning grant proposals is among the most crucial.  Having served as rapporteur (the person who writes the reports sent back to grant applicants) at meetings of high-powered federal study sections, this reporter has observed how relatively small matters of style and pres… Read More
  • Alternative Careers

    Food for thought–and entrepreneurship

    Does your research in nutrition, biochemistry, plant science, or other food-related field suggest a product with commercial potential?  Do you wish you could find out how to move your idea from the lab to the market?  Or do you want to move yourself from academe to industry?  If any of these things describes you or… Read More
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    Adjuncts, et al: Take This Survey on Non-Tenure-Track Appointments

    The Coalition on the Academic Workforce, a coalition that includes the American Association of University Professors and a dozen or so other academic and higher education groups, has developed an online survey of non-tenure-track faculty members, the Survey of Contingent Faculty Members, Instructors, and Researchers. You can learn more about the co… Read More
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    In October, Online Job Ads in Science Surge

    October was an excellent month for online job ads in the core scientific categories, suggesting a healthy employment market, according to the Help Wanted Online report from The Conference Board. In the Life, Physical, and Social Sciences category, the number of ads was up 8.6%, or 7,500 ads. That’s the biggest month-over-month gain in this… Read More