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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    UCLA Program Ties Lab Safety to Larger Issue of Workplace Safety

    A panel held on Thursday at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), site of the 2009 death of lab worker Sheharbano “Sheri” Sangji, observed Workers Memorial Day in part by tying lab safety to the larger issue of worker safety, according to the UCLA Daily Bruin. The program, sponsored by UCLA’s Labor Occupational H… Read More
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    NRSA Fellows Will Get Back Pay

    On Monday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had bad news for grants recipients but good news for postdocs and graduate students with Ruth Kirschstein NRSA fellowships. NRSA fellows, NIH announced, would see their stipends increase by 2% — not a lot, but not bad in fiscal times like these and very likely better than… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    European Peer Review Guide for Research Grants

    The European Science Foundation (ESF) today released a document expressing basic core principles and good practice guidelines for the peer review of funding proposals. The European Peer Review Guide (links to PDF) is intended mainly to help European funding bodies improve and harmonize their peer review procedures, but young scientists can lea… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    NIH Panel to Examine What’s Ahead for the Biomed Labor Force

    Inside Higher Ed reports that the National Institutes of Health yesterday announced a new panel to study the “future of the biomedical research workforce.”  The group appears to be looking at some of the right questions, such as the size of the workforce and the types of positions that would allow people to advance their… Read More
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    NIH Trims Grants, Increases NRSA Stipends

    A notice from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued on Monday specifies the impact of the recently adopted  2011 NIH budget ago on NIH grantees and NRSA fellows, as ScienceInsider is reporting. The 1% cut in the NIH budget will cause “non-competing” grants — that is, new payments for grants that were awarded… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    Vitae’s Professional Development Planner

    Developing into a successful researcher takes much more than learning science. Yes, it requires you to gain technical skills and knowledge in your field. But it also requires some less tangible attributes: an ability to see the bigger picture and to work well with others, an understanding of professional and ethical standards, and many other… Read More
  • Questions About Equipment Safety

    The untimely death of Yale senior Michele Dufault in an incident in a university machine shop has shocked the scientific world.  Until investigations are complete, the exact cause of this calamity cannot be known.  In the meantime, however, many research institutions — and, one hopes, the people who work in them — are looking… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Journal Editor Offers Advice for Newbies

    Few processes are more crucial to a scientist’s success or more mysterious to the uninitiated than peer review.  How do journals choose reviewers? What does a good reviewer do?  What should a scientist do if it appears that the peer reviewers erred in evaluating one’s paper? A journal editor elucidates these and other mysterie… Read More
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    10-Year Tenure Option Added at University of Michigan System

    At MySciNet, Ric Weibl has blogged an article by Dan Berret at Inside Higher Education (access to the MySciNet entry may require free registration) about a vote by the University of Michigan Board of Regents that allow individual campuses to extend their tenure process to as much as 10 years. The extension is optional, with… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Research Center Opts to Refuse Pharmaceutical Funding

    The Pain & Policy Studies Group of the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison has announced that it will not longer accept funding from pharmaceutical companies that sell opioid drugs.  The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, which had previously investigated PPSG, a recipient of $2.5 million from producers of opioid pain medications, r… Read More