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    New $26 million program offers challenge grants to spur innovation, create jobs

    Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced the creation of a new $26 million funding mechanism, the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, that will fund approximately 12 projects designed to spur innovation-based manufacturing and leverage technology into new companies and jobs. Funding for the program comes f… Read More
  • Michael Price

    Tweeting Your Science for Fun and Profit

    Amid the #whatihadfordinner hash-tags and the inane ramblings of B-list celebrities, there’s a thriving, useful, and potentially career-boosting culture on Twitter that scientists can tap into. A panel of scientists and science writers held a workshop earlier this week at AAAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., to share their advice and perspe… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Lab Explosion Illustrates Importance of Proper Protective Gear

    Jyllian Kemsley at Chemical & Engineering News conveys a safety alert, first reported 21 May, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, chemistry department concerning an explosion in one of its labs. The incident is reportedly under investigation; the alert (included in the linked article) provides a fairly technical account of the kind of re… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    Singapore NRF Fellowships

    The National Research Foundation (NRF) in Singapore is inviting scientists under 40 years of age to apply for a generous fellowship to carry out independent research in the country. The Singapore NRF Fellowships offer tenure-track faculty positions that come with a salary package equivalent to that of a local assistant professor and a research… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Look Homeward, Scientists

    We’ve just reported on a scientist-founded satirical group called Americans for a More American America. Now Inside Higher Ed is reporting in a serious vein on what I suppose could be called “Indians for a More Indian India.” It’s a proposed plan for the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the northern city of Kanpur… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Super Postdoc Founds His Own SuperPAC

    This presidential election year, super PACs, political actions committees that can accept unlimited contributions and make independent campaign expenditures, have proliferated to support candidates of all ideological stripes.  Among the least likely superpacs is Americans for a More American America (AFAMAA), established by Massachusetts Insti… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    More from the Author of This Week’s In Person Essay

    Tracy Ainsworth, who wrote this week’s In Person essay on combining a science career with family in Australia, sent me an e-mail describing her experiences, which I reproduce here with her permission: Last year I was part of a group of female scientists that spoke with several girls high schools about science as a career. Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    A Brief Introduction to the U.S. STEM Immigration Policy

    Baffled by U.S. high-skill immigration policy? A report issued by the Congressional Research Service on 11 May provides a clear, concise, balanced, and brief overview of the programs and policy issues in this highly contentious area, as well as a history of the legislation affecting it. One interesting fact: about 10% of the H-1B visas issued… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    Become a Reviewer: Advancing and Contributing in the Scientific Establishment

    A small but poignant dramatic moment occurs whenever the researcher–young or old–opens the e-mail containing a decision letter about his or her latest research article and knows the fate of it has been largely decided by the advice of anonymous reviewers. Inevitably, we bless or curse those reviewers–but I suggest that you join th… Read More