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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Meeting the Need for Highly Skilled Workers

    We constantly hear complaints from companies that they can’t find enough American workers with technical skills.  So it’s good to hear that a company is actually doing something to train smart young Americans for the highly-skilled jobs that are in demand.  As reported by National Public Radio, Siemens is convincing high schoo… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Sally Ride and “Really Cool” Science

    “When I was growing up, science and engineering were really cool,” Sally Ride said in 2009.  She was right.  In Ride’s childhood half a century ago, astronauts like John Glenn (and later, Ride herself) and researchers like Jonas Salk, developer of the first polio vaccine, were national heroes and household names.  … Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    “Bizarre” Twist in Harran/UCLA Case on the Eve of Scheduled Plea Hearing

    In what the Los Angeles Times tems a “bizarre turn” in the criminal case against UCLA and Patrick Harran in the death of Sheri Sangji, the defense is attempting to discredit the investigator who wrote the state report, which severely criticizes Harran and the university and forms an important element of the prosecution case.  In… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    A Biomedical Products Show Just for Postdocs

    From the Could-Be-A-Barometer-of-How-Things-Are-Changing-But-Maybe-Not department: This past Tuesday, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) presented a product fair and technology seminar for its postdocs. The event was written up in a short article in the Daily Pennsylvanian, a Penn campus newspaper. According to the article, the equipment on disp… Read More
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    Phil Mickelson Weighs in on STEM Training

    On CNN this morning, golfer Phil Mickelson swung by the set of the morning news program Starting Point to talk about the supposed need to train more American students in STEM skills. The points he raised were typical: that STEM workers earn more and are hired more frequently than non-STEM peers, and that there are… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    New Source for Free Online Lab Safety Training

    A recently launched Web site,, offers free, short safety training courses to scientists everywhere. It is a joint project of the New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biological Research Excellence (NH-INBRE), a consortium of 10 New Hampshire colleges and universities that is funded by the National Institutes of Health; the Envi… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Remembering Sally’s Ride

    When Sally Ride applied to be an astronaut in 1978, it was one of most prestigious and macho jobs an American could hold–but the woman who became the first American of her gender to travel in space had already proven she had the “right stuff” to take on major physical and intellectual challenges and hold… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    How You Write Matters

    Recently our department received an unusual application for an ophthalmology residency. The applicant seemed impressive, a top student at a prestigious medical school with several publications and strong letters of recommendation. What made the application unusual was that the word “ophthalmology” was consistently misspelled throughout… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    A Peer Review Guide, and a Consortium of Research Staff Associations

    Two more interesting developments that were announced at the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) in Dublin are the publication of a peer review guide for young researchers and the launch of a global umbrella organization for research staff associations.   Produced by Sense About Science’s Voice of Young Science (VoYS) network, Peer review… Read More