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    Spanish Young Investigators Denounce Delays

    The Spanish Federation of Young Investigators (FJI)/Precarios today denounced delays and errors in the allocation of international fellowships for Spanish postdocs. “The terrible management of the postdoctoral grants maintains more than a thousand young investigators in an unsustainable situation,” says the press release  Read More
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    Regional NLRB Decision Advances Graduate Student Unionization Hopes at NYU

    A decision last week by a regional official of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) may make it more likely that graduate student assistants at private universities will be allowed to form unions. The decision was reported today in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Technically, the ruling was a win for New York University (NYU) Read More
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    Let Down by the Scientific Establishment?

    On 24 May the Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI) held a debate in London called ‘Science careers: has the science establishment let down young researchers?‘  In the announcement, the RI framed the issue like this: “It’s the scientists and the engineers who will ultimately develop and build the supply of clean  Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    How Are Women Doing In Science?

    The Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Key Reporter presents a wrap-up of recent reports discussing the situation of women in science, one of which we previously covered on this blog.  Pomona College biologist Laura L. Mays Hoopes concludes that “although women have come a long way as incipient or actual scientists, more work remains to be… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Is This a “Sputnik Moment”?

    Eight computer science experts discuss, in the New York Times “Room for Debate” feature, the meaning of a new boom in interest in the subject that appears to be happening on American campuses.  What does growing enrollment in the field mean for students, the economic outlook, and the field itself?  &nb… Read More
  • Elisabeth Pain

    New Rules for Student Visas in the U.K.

    Some new regulations for student visas in the United Kingdom go into effect on 4 July. Among the changes is the need for visa applicants to declare that they have the necessary funds to support themselves during their course of study (though a fast-track application process will be put in place for “low risk students” coming f… Read More
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    Calling for Private Funding to Spot Young Talent

    As reported today by Europa Press, three of Spain’s most prominent biomedical researchers have called for more public-private partnerships to support the education of the next generation of Spanish scientists. The three Spanish researchers are Pedro Alonso, Director of the Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB); Vale… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Can Education Reform Keep Chinese Science Students at Home?

    Science students and postdocs from China are a significant presence in university labs and graduate and undergraduate programs across North America and Europe. Would fewer of China’s excellent aspiring scientists go abroad to study if more of the universities at home met international standards of research and, especially, undergraduate and g… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Good Advice for Succeeding in Graduate School

    A pair of essays in Inside Higher Ed by Yale University biology professor Stephen C. Stearns offers clear-eyed and sometimes counter-intuitive advice on how to succeed in graduate school. The first essay emphasizes the importance of knowing one’s own mind and taking responsibility for one’s graduate career. “Nobody cares about you… Read More