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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Snow Job

    Actually, no job may be more like it — or so it must seem to many would-be faculty members who had job interviews scheduled at the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Society’s Eastern division.  This gathering, which serves as the discipline’s main annual employment market, began Monday in snow-crippled Boston. &nbs… Read More
  • Elisabeth Pain ,

    The Impact of Working Close

    Thanks to the Internet, today researchers have many ways to collaborate remotely. Several studies have shown that international collaborations tend to produce higher-impact papers than local collaborations. But new research suggests that when you look closely at those local collaborations, close interactions between key authors boosts the numb… Read More
  • Editor's Blog

    Twin Predatory Thief of the [Postdoc] Suarez Sisters

    Twin-sister geology postdocs are living the dream of every 5-year-old science geek. A newly established dinosaur species has been named for the two women — the Suarez sisters — who discovered the site near Green River, Utah, where the dinosaur remains were discovered, according to a press release from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). To… Read More
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    Changes to NIH Grant Rules for 2011

    With every new year comes change, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as elsewhere. At NIH, though, the operative date is not 1 January but 25 January. That’s the first application due date of 2011, and the date on which the changes take effect. What changes? NIH is getting stricter. The 2-day correction window… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    What Is the Value of a Ph.D.?

    Not much more, and often less, than a master’s degree, at least when counted in cold cash. That’s the conclusion of an unsigned article in The Economist that takes a trans-Atlantic view of what it calls “the disposable academic.”   “Many of those who embark on a PhD are the smartest in their class and… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    New Guidelines to Shield Government Scientists from Political Pressure

    In a step that attempts to differentiate the purportedly science-friendly Obama administration from its predecessor, on Friday the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, John Holdren, issued guidelines intended to shield government scientists from political influence.  He was complying, somewhat belatedl… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    “Where Can I Make My Best Contribution?”

    Today’s Chronicle of Higher Education includes a nice profile, by Kevin Kiley, of chemist Emily Carter, who was recently appointed the director of Princeton University’s new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, which was funded by a $100 million gift. With our CTSciNet project, Science Careers has been focused lately on tran… Read More
  • Elisabeth Pain , , ,

    Open Access to European-funded Research

    2 December was the official launch date of OpenAIRE — Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe — providing researchers with open access to publications emerging from research funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The 2-week-old site is still small, but it’s growing quickly. The launc… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly ,

    Unnaturally Not Selected?

    Should a scientist’s religious views affect his ability to land an academic post?  Astronomer Martin Gaskell believes they should not, and, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Federal Judge Karl S. Forester agrees.  That is why the judge is allowing Gaskell to go forward with a jury trial in the religious discrimination sui… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    To Stay or to Leave?’s “Since You Asked” advice column generally publishes pleas for help with commitment-phobic lovers, unreasonable in-laws, ornery bosses, or impossible-to-please parents.  Today’s plaintive writer, however, expresses a form of anguish more relevant to Science Careers: “Grad school is suddenly meaningless… Read More