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    What to Say — and Not to Say — to Program Officers

    On Wednesday, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an excellent advice piece by Michael J. Spires, a proposal development specialist from the Smithsonian Institution, about interacting with program officers for funding agencies. I believe every aspiring (and early-career) academic scientist — anyone who isn’t experience… Read More
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    New Federal Big Data Initiative to Drive Computational Training

    The Obama administration, in partnership with several federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), today announced the creation of the Big Data Research and Development Initiative to improve the government’s, academia’s, and private industry’s ability to collect and… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    The Importance of an Adviser’s Placement Track Record

    How should someone aspiring to an academic career choose a graduate department and an adviser?  According to a provocative and clear-eyed essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Karen Kelsey,  a former anthropology professor who now runs a consulting firm specializing in the academic job market, the paramount factor should be the de… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Lessons to Take from Graduate School

    Jon Bardin, a neuroscience graduate student at the Weill Cornell School of Medical Sciences, has no plans to seek a research career.  In fact, he intends to return to the career as a writer that he pursued before starting his graduate studies.  But, as he explains in an intriguing essay at  Chronicle of Higher Education… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Application Deadline Extended for Kauffman Life Science Ventures Summit

    The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has extended the deadline for applying to attend its Life Science Ventures Summit scheduled for June 22 and 23 in San Francisco.  At the summit, up to 200 aspiring founders in the biomedical sciences will learn from experts and experienced entrepreneurs about the practicalities of starting a company. … Read More
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    A New Postdoc Contract at U Mass Amherst

    The Boston Globe is reporting that unionized postdocs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) have overwhelmingly approved a new contract with the university after 2 years of bargaining. According to the Globe, the contract provides for a minimum postdoc salary of $38,500, 2% raises to current salaries, and guaranteed health insu… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    New Emphasis on Lab Safety Following Explosions at University of Florida

    Following three safety incidents — including explosions in October 2011 and January 2012 that occurred in the same laboratory — the chemistry department at the University of Florida is placing new emphasis on safety, reports the Alligator, an independent, student-run newspaper affiliated with the university. “We’re trying to… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Record Unemployment Among Chemists in 2011

    The unemployment rate for chemists who belong to the American Chemical Society (ACS) reached a record 4.6% in 2011 — 6.2% among bachelors degree chemists, 5.2% for masters degrees, and 3.9% for Ph.D.s, according to Chemical & Engineering News.  Each of these figures represents an increase in joblessness over the year before,  ea… Read More
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