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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Freeing Tunisian Science

    The images of vast popular uprisings in Arab capitals that have riveted the world’s attention in recent days appear to have little to do with science.  But, reports Nature‘s Declan Butler, the overthrow of Tunisian dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and his replacement with a transitional government promises a new era of intellectual… Read More
  • Conference Board Analysis

    Help Wanted Online: The Recovery Has Arrived

    Yes, it looks like the recovery in the job market is finally here. Sure, something could still go wrong — as it did about this time last year, after a promising January. And yes, it’s true that over the last few days some major layoffs were announced at pharmaceutical companies. But according to the Help… Read More
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    A Bit of Friday Reading: Getting into the Action Habit

    As I was surfing admittedly random Web sites this morning, I came across this article on the self-help Web site on how to get into “the habit of putting ideas into action now,” as the article’s author and Web site editor Erin Falconer puts it. The article offers 7 ways of jumping into action… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    State of the Union Speech “Misses the Mark on Education and Innovation.”

    That’s the well-argued and well-documented opinion of Norman Matloff, the University of California-Davis computer science professor who is also a widely respected, very astute, Chinese-speaking scholar of technical workforce issues.  President Obama “and his advisers don’t have a clue” as to the real source of the jobs… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Inspiring Tomorrow’s Scientists

    Having just returned from India, I can certainly vouch for the fact, asserted by retired Lockheed chairman Norm Augustine in Forbes, that Indians, among citizens of certain other foreign countries, share “a belief that the path to success is paved with science and engineering.”  Middle class Indian parents, in fact, seem… Read More
  • Kate Travis

    Around the Web, January 21, 2011

    I’ve got a rather conservative list of stuff for you this week: Those of you who blog, Tweet, participate in social networks, and so on may have seen buzz this week about the Science Online conference (Twitter hashtag: #scio11), held last weekend in North Carolina. I wasn’t there (though I have been to Science Online… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Is an “Indian Crab Syndrome” Impeding Indian Science?

    The award of the 2010 Nobel Prize for medicine to Robert G. Edwards honors an achievement that was world famous the minute it happened and remains so to this day. With Patrick Steptoe, his late collaborator, Edwards did the pioneering work that resulted in the birth, on July 25, 1978, at Oldham General Hospital in… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Patently Courageous

    The death of Gertrude Neumark Rothschild on November 11 at the age of 83 ended a remarkable, though at times insufficiently recognized, scientific career and an equally remarkable campaign to obtain the recognition and economic remuneration that her accomplishments deserved.  Professor emerita of materials science and engineering at Columbia U… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    A Spiritual Break for Techies

    January is pilgrimage season in southern India.  Across the region, one sees bands of people dressed in specially colored traditional garments making their way toward holy places on foot or in buses and vans festooned with banners and flower garlands.  The most popular of these sites — in fact, one of the most popular pilgrimage… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    University of Kentucky Settles Religious Discrimination Suit

    The University of Kentucky has settled the religious discrimination suit brought by astronomer Martin Gaskell, who claimed he was denied a job for which he was highly qualified because of his Christian beliefs. One search committee member, for example, had described him as “potentially evangelical.”  Gaskell accepted a settlement o… Read More