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Two Views on Mechanisms for Postdoc Reform

I’m a bit late in blogging this–sorry about that, but I’ve been busy.

The 29 June issue of Science includes two letters written in response to AAAS CEO Alan Leshner’s 20 April editorial citing the need to establish standards for postdoc training.

The first letter, from Neal Sweeney, a postdoc in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California-Santa Cruz, makes a case for the importance of labor unions and collective bargaining to protect postdoc rights. Sweeney is also the president of UAW Local 5810, the union that represents more than 6000 postdocs in the University of California system.

The second letter, from the board of directors of the National Postdoctoral Association, promotes the NPA’s less confrontational approach of setting standards and engaging in dialogue.

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