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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    “A Life That Saved Many Lives”

    I learned from my friend Valeria Roman, science reporter at the Buenos Aires newspaper Clarin, of the death on November 27, at the age of 101, of the physician and virology researcher Eugenia Sacerdote de Lustig. I hadn’t previously heard of the woman whom Clarin called a “pioneering and passionate physician,”… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Kauffman Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award Entry Deadline Extended

    The deadline for entering the Kauffman Foundation Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Awards competition has been extended by two weeks, to December 12, the National Postdoctoral Association has announced.  The original deadline was November 28. Open to persons who have done a postdoc in the US, the competition will award $10,000 to a founder of an esta… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Two Eminent Scientists Come to Different Conclusions on Work-Life Balance

    “It’s not humanly possible to be a good wife, a good mother and a first-class scientist. No one can do it–something has to go.” That discouraging statement, contrary to what you may suppose, comes not from a snobbish misogynist but from Lynn Margulis. At the time of her death on November 22 at the age of 73, M… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Suggestions for Science-Oriented Santas

    Okay, so Black Friday’s come and gone and you haven’t made a dent in your holiday shopping. No need to despair. If your gift list is heavy on physics nerds, chemistry geeks, or, generally, lab rats of the humanoid variety, the online science and science fiction publication io9 has put together a roundup of items perfect… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    How Accelerators (AKA Incubators) Help Launch Start-ups

    As just about everyone knows by now, new companies are responsible for a great many of the new jobs in the United States. What most people (including many scientists who have a good idea that could possibly form the basis of a new company) don’t know is how to go about joining the ranks of… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Why Do Grad Students Think They Can Beat the Odds?

    By the time people get to graduate school, they generally have acquired some familiarity with the principles of probability.  So why, asks Nate Kreuter in an essay in Inside Higher Ed entitled “You Aren’t the Exception,” do so many fail to grasp the simple concept that those laws also apply to themselves? Kreuter de… Read More
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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

  • Editor's Blog

    News Flash: Engineering and Science Students Study More

    As if we didn’t know this already: A new study confirms that engineering and science majors study more than English and business majors. The National Survey of Student Engagement, also known as Nessie, was released today. The study is reported in several news outlets, including the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read More
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    A Kashmiri Chemist in Mississippi

    Here’s a nice little essay by a Kashmiri natural-products chemist, describing his experiences as a postdoc at the University of Mississippi. The English is idiosyncratic in spots but it’s completely readable and a fun read for anyone interested, as I am, in science-related fish-out-of-water stories: As soon as I heard from the Universit… Read More
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