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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    How To Wow a Potential Lab Chief

    Struggling to write an application letter that’s sure to make a strong impression on a scientist whose lab you’d like to work in? University of California-Davis professor Jonathan Eisen blogs about some true-life application letters that really got his attention — though not, alas, in the way the applicants had hoped. Check the co… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the H-1B Debate

    The controversy over the H-1B high-skill visa is the subject of today’s Debate Club, a daily feature of U.S. News & World Report. Eight prominent commentators on the subject — Jason Dzubow, John Feinblatt, Ron Hira, Tamar Jacoby, Norman Matloff, John Miano, Bruce Morrison, and Daniel Stein — offer short essays on the… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Professor and UCLA Criminally Charged in the Death of Sheri Sangji

    The Los Angeles Times reported on December 27 the district attorney for Los Angeles County has brought felony charges against University of California-Los Angeles professor Patrick Harran and the regents of the University of California for willful violations of safety rules that resulted in the 2009 death of 23-year-old Sheharbano “Sheri̶… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Scientists Sentenced for Misusing Information

    Lots of scientists want to very badly to get ahead in their careers — or, as the slang expression has it, they want it “in the worst way.”  In an odd coincidence, on December 21 two researchers who had taken that expression way too literally were sentenced in separate federal courts for crimes involving the… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    MIT for Everyone?

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, perhaps the world’s most celebrated and prestigious scientific and technological university, is also among the hardest to get into.  But now, according to an announcement made on 19 December, anyone anywhere in the world who has an Internet connection, the requisite intellectual ability and dete… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Surrey with a Campus On Top

    Cliché has it that academe is an ivory tower. But at the Simon Fraser University campus in suburban Surrey, British Columbia, (one of three campuses the university maintains) the tower is built of glass and steel and rises from a shopping mall.  Yes, you read that right: Built atop the Surrey Central City shopping center, the… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    A New Kind of Graduate School to Train Dr. Atomic

    What is the lesson of the Fukushima nuclear disaster?  For some people, it’s that nuclear power plants are unsafe and should be closed.  For others, reports Corinna Wu in Prism, the magazine of the American Society for Engineering Education, it’s that the people running the plants need much better training.  In South… Read More
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    Planning Ahead to Maintain Your Career When the Grants Stop Coming

    “The aging process is not fun, but when it begins decades ahead of schedule, it’s tragic” (See Editor’s Choice: Splicing Therapy Comes of Age, Science 11 Nov 2011, Vol. 334, p. 739). Substitute the word “retirement” for “aging” and you have the problem facing many career scientists today. While scient… Read More
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    Correction: Naval Academy Not As Competitive As Claimed

    In a 2 December article in Science Careers, Roz Pidcock quoted Commander William Marks, public affairs officer at United States Naval Academy, on the competitiveness of Annapolis admissions. “Last year we received more than 19,000 applications for about 1240 spots.” But, according to an entry yesterday in The Ticker, a Chronicle of High… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    How Much Did the Stimulus Stimulate Science?

    In March, 2009, shortly after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (popularly known as the stimulus) was signed into law, we wondered what the resulting huge 2-year windfall would mean for science and scientists.  More than $21 billion of the largesse, all of which had to be obligated (but not necessarily spent) by the end… Read More