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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Even More on Women (and Men) Opting Out of Academic Science

    Women scientists in the United Kingdom find academic careers far less attractive than do their male counterparts, according to a report, ‘The chemistry PhD: The impact on women’s retention’, that was issued jointly by the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC) and the Royal Society of Chemi… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    New Award Will Egg On Federally-Funded Scientists

    The late Senator William Proxmire (D-Wisconsin) used to ridicule federally-funded research he considered frivolous by periodically announcing to the media that a certain scientist had won his highly publicized–and controversial–Golden Fleece Award for wasteful government spending. Now, a trio of congressmen (Jim Cooper, D-Tenn… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    International Research Opportunity for Early-Career Health Researchers

    Are you an early-career health researcher — a physician, veterinarian, dentist, or scientist — with an idea for a project that could help advance the cause of health in poor or middle-income countries?  If so, the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center has announced a program that could get your research… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Growing Interest In Jobs at Community Colleges

    For people who love to teach, community colleges can offer satisfying career opportunities. And, notes Rob Jenkins in an essay published yesterday in The Chronicle of Higher Education, more and more Ph.D.s are showing interest in working at those institutions.  One motivation is the bad academic job market in many fields. “In a… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    What a Difference Age Makes

    Over the past few months, we’ve been following the continuing saga of President Obama, Jennifer Wedel, her still-unemployed, mid-30s husband Darin, and the case of the vanishing engineering jobs. Now, over at Bloomberg, the ever-astute Norman Matloff offers a crucial clue that may help solve the mystery: for many technical people, “empl… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Report Discusses Improving Pathways from Graduate School to Career

    Do university programs provide their students the information they need to plot post-degree careers? Anyone familiar with the situation of grad school alumni can provide the answer. Many programs — often those preparing students for professional or business careers — do a decent job of equipping their students with realistic job ma… Read More
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  • Michael Price

    Poll: Do you use electronic lab notebooks?

    The times, they are a-changin’ — or are they? Whereas our laboratory forebears scribbled their research records with pen on paper, today you can plug your findings into electronic or online notebooks and, if you want to, share them with colleagues across the world. But how many people are actually doing that? Are scientists actually… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Tell It to the Judge

    Talk about innovative, real-world applications of science! According to the Physics Central blog, physicist Dmitri Krioukov of the University of California-San Diego talked-or, actually, wrote-his way out of a traffic ticket by composing and posting a scientific paper (entitled ‘The Proof of Innocence’). In his paper, Krioukov… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    What Sequestration Could Mean for NIH

    The Budget Control Act of 2011, which Congress passed in August to end last summer’s total struggle between the Republicans and Democrats over raising the national debt ceiling has, as you may recall, a built-in booby trap. If federal spending this year exceeds certain predetermined caps, a process called sequestration will begin come Ja… Read More