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    Better Drugs through Greater Competition

    The pharmaceutical industry may have arrived at its own version of ‘publish or perish’: ‘Develop or disappear’. In 2008, as reported in Chemistry World, Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) instituted a policy requiring its research teams to pitch and defend their research programs to executives and outside analysts, a la the U.S. t… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    Dance Your Ph.D.

    It’s official: The 2011 ‘Dance your Ph.D.’ contest is now on. Launched by the “Gonzo Scientist” (Science columnist John Bohannon) and sponsored by Science, the annual contest challenges scientists to explain their doctoral work to a lay audience through the medium of dance. Scientists from any discipline with… Read More
  • Alan Kotok

    Equality in Academe

    Gender inequality in academic science is a much-discussed issue. But a new study reported 23 August by Inside Higher Ed has identified one segment of academe where women’s representation and pay match those of men: community colleges. Not only that, female faculty members at two-year institutions are “happy̶… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Professional Science Masters Grads Getting Good Jobs in Bad Economy

    This has been a tough year for new graduates seeking jobs. But the newest class to earn Professional Science Masters (PSM) degrees are landing well-paying positions in a generally dismal economy.  That, at least, is the conclusion of a report about the class of 2011 from the Council of Graduate Schools (CSG). The report found th… Read More
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    This Thursday: Chat with Experts on the State of Minorities and Women in Science

    Last week, Science published a study that found that black biomedical scientists are 10 percentage points less likely than their white peers to receive an R01 research grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). (See Science Careers’s discussion of what that means for the career prospects of black scientists.) And earli… Read More
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    Nat’l Academies Hope to Build a Better Postdoc

    Last week, the National Academies announced the creation of a new committee that will explore the state of the modern postdoctoral experience for scientists and engineers. By identifying the current number of postdocs, number of tenure-track positions available, tenure success rates, and the working conditions, salary, and benefits for po… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    The Science of Radicalization

    With the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks only weeks away, the disproportionate  representation of technically and scientifically trained young men among violent extremists — from the engineers who flew the planes into the Twin Towers to the army doctor who shot up Fort Hood in 2009 — has a tragic… Read More
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    Calling All Early-Career Public-Engagers

    Yesterday, physicist Chad Orzel from ScienceBlogs’ Uncertain Principles called out a disturbing trend in academia: When it comes to tenure decisions and grant reviews, he says, engaging in public outreach is all too often considered an impediment to success. People are generally in favor of outreach activities, of course, but in the same diff… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Yale Claims “Inaccuracies” in OSHA Letter Regarding Safety Deficiencies

    Reuters reports that Yale University  finds “significant inaccuracies” in the letter sent by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration concerning safety deficiencies in the university machine shop where student Michele Dufault died in April.  In a statement issued yesterday, Yale claims that the lathe was up to na… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly