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  • Elisabeth Pain

    No Pay Threshold for Overseas Scientists to Stay in the United Kingdom

    Today, the United Kingdom Home Office announced stricter rules that will make it more difficult for holders of temporary work visas to settle in the U.K. after 6 years of residence — but they made an exception for scientists. “Exceptionally talented people, investors and entrepreneurs will continue to have the option to stay, while… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    New Accreditation Requirements Will Shift Focus of Medical Residency Programs

    The residency programs that train new physicians to practice medicine will begin to change in July 2013, according to an announcement by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The requirements of the so-called Next Accreditation System will increase attention to such skills and personal characteristics as the ability to c… Read More
  • Michael Price

    Medical Students May Increasingly Turn to Prostitution to Pay Bills

    Prostitution has long been seen as an unorthodox indicator for the state of the job market.  An essay in the British Medical Journal suggests that this might be especially true for debt-laden students with dwindling job opportunities — including medical students. Author Jodi Dixon, a final-year medical student at the University of B… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Who Watches the Watchers?

    On 13 February, Celltex Therapeutics Corporation, a Houston, Texas, stem cell company, announced the appointment of Glenn McGee as its new “president of Ethics and Strategic Initiatives.” The “internationally respected bioethicist” would be responsible “for assuring that all of the firm’s work…will meet the… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Fact Checker Awards President Obama One Pinocchio for Comments to Mrs. Wedel

    Earlier in the month, we reported on President Obama’s online conversation with Jennifer Wedel, the wife of an unemployed engineer.  The president expressed surprise at Wedel’s 3-year effort to find work because, he said, industrial leaders have told him “they don’t have enough highly skilled engineers.” We have b… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    A “Lesson Learned”–But This Time, Thankfully, Not the Hard Way

    Failure to maintain equipment properly has apparently resulted in another academic lab safety incident, but one that, fortunately, caused no injuries, reports Jyllian Kemsley at Chemical & Engineering News. On 23 January, undergraduates in a physical chemistry class at the University of California, Davis, were working with a piece of equipment… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Using Job Interviews to Your Advantage

    As the academic job interview season approaches, two hiring committee veterans offer good advice for making the campus visit work for rather than against you.  Common mistakes that applicants make, these faculty members explain, can not only lose them a specific opportunity but also damage their career prospects later on. Read More
  • Michael Price

    Why Science Needs Applied Philosophy

    If all you remember from your philosophy of science course in college are the names Kuhn and Popper, you could be missing out on philosophy’s important contributions to your own career or to training the next generation of scientific thinkers. A panel of philosophers of science spoke today at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver… Read More
  • Michael Price

    Tips for Writing and Requesting Letters of Recommendation

    Are your letters of rec a wreck? Barbara Gastel, a professor of humanities in medicine at Texas A&M University shared some advice for both the writers and requesters of letters of recommendation this afternoon at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  Among her recommendations to letter-requesters were: Provide al… Read More
  • Michael Price

    European Research Opportunities for North Americans

    Horace Greeley implored young men to go West to seek their fortunes, but North American scientists (of all genders, mind you) would do well to remember that opportunities exist east of the continent, as well. The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, provides a number of funding mechanisms to bring North American… Read More