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  • Academic Careers

    From Invention to Commercialization

    Moving from invention to commercializing it is a tough process, one for which scientists are often ill-prepared. In an article published yesterday on, Ph.D.-holder and licensed patent law practitioner Nadya Reingand offers academics practical advice on whether and how to embark on the process.  In her artic… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    Apps as Academic Tools

    An article published today in The Times Higher Education discusses how apps developed for smartphones are becoming increasingly valuable for academics in their jobs. “As well as research, apps are being used by academics to help with teaching and administration, and as a new way to engage with the public,” writes Times Higher Educa… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    Dissing the Doctorate

    In case you missed it (as I did, until just now): Science Careers columnist Adam Ruben published his grad-student rap “Dissing the Doctorate” in the Education Life supplement of the New York Times on Sunday. You can access it online here. If you’re not already a regular reader, you should check out “Experimental Error,”… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Where Can Postdocs Learn to Teach?

    For Ph.D.s who aspire to academic careers that include a lot of teaching, the challenge of learning how to conduct courses and organize lab work appropriate to undergraduates can be a considerable challenge.  Most grad schools and postdoc positions ignore pedagogy entirely, viewing time spent away from research as time wasted.   Nonethele… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Asteroid Named for Deceased Yale Student Michelle Dufault

    Michelle Dufault, the 22-year-old Yale University undergraduate physics student who died on April 12 while working on a physics project, has become the namesake of an asteroid.  Her hair became fatally entangled in a lathe she was using, apparently alone and late at night, in the university’s Sterling Chemical Laboratory.  The Yale… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    How to Run the Safest Possible Lab

    Though it was published months ago, I just recently came across a revealing interview by Jyllian Kemsley of Chemical & Engineering News on the subject of lab safety.  Timothy Gallagher is chair of the chemistry department at the University of Bristol in England and a real stickler for safety procedures in his labs.  Admitting tha… Read More
  • Alternative Careers

    EU Prize for Women Scientist-Innovators

    The European Union is inviting applications for its first EU Prizes for Women Innovators, which will reward three women entrepreneurs for their “innovative work in any field or business.” To be eligible, women entrepreneurs must be residing in the EU or an associated country and have founded or co-founded a company before 1 January… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    Toward Gender Equality in Science

    Nathalie Pettorelli and Seirian Sumner — two behavioral and population ecologists, both research fellows at the Institute of Zoology in London — argue in the Guardian Higher Education Network that what is needed for greater gender equality in science is not to attract more girls to science, but rather to help more wo… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Gearing Up for the Job Search

    So, you think that a stellar academic record, terrific publications, a brilliant presentation, and enthusiastic recommendations will be enough to land you that faculty job?  Not so, says University of Utah computer scientist Matt Might in an essay in Inside Higher Ed.  Any number of unexpected screwups can derail your plans and degrade yo… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Science in the Movies

    Writing a blog post the other day, about the reaction of British scientist and filmmaker Christopher Riley to the last American space shuttle flight, got me thinking more generally about pop culture representations of science and scientists during the heyday of the space program. As I mentioned in that item, the image of space flight… Read More