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    Helping Teaching Assistants with Thick Accents (and Their Students!)

    Progress has been made in recent decades on ensuring that foreign graduate students at American universities have sufficient facility in the language–English, in the case of the United States–that they’re likely to be teaching in. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the comparable IELTS exam, has long been requir… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Scientist Receives 4-Year Sentence for Theft of Trade Secrets

    A naturalized American citizen born in China who earned a master’s degree in physics at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and worked for nearly a decade at Motorola, today received a 4-year prison sentence and a fine of $20,000 for what a judge in Chicago called a “very serious raid” on… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    “Very Strong” Patenting Activity Boosts Income for Universities, Survey Finds

    The patents held by U.S. universities, hospitals, and other research institutions produced a total of $1.5 billion in licensing income and $2.5 billion in overall income for the institutions in 2011, according to a survey of 183 U.S. institutions by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). Up 2.6% and 5% respectively from the… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    A “Giant Leap for Mankind”

    No one who heard them live will ever forget two sentences that Neil Armstrong spoke in July 1969, in his flat, calm, Middle American voice. That voice, an indelible part of human history, has been stilled by his death, at 82, on 25 August. During his career Armstrong modestly described himself as a “white-sock, pocket-protector… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Falsely Claiming Ph.D. Leads to Criminal Charges

    An erstwhile academician is facing criminal charges of stealing nearly a third of a million dollars as a result of falsely claiming to have earned a Ph.D. at Rush University, the health sciences institution in Chicago. The indictment alleges that, because of her bogus assertion of graduate studies and a doctorate, Carol Howley, who taught… Read More
  • Michael Price

    Male Scientists Tend to Favor Work in Work-Life Balance

    A great many studies over the years have looked into how female scientists manage their work-life balance, that is, how they divvy up time for professional and familial commitments. Fewer have focused on how male scientists do the same. A new survey presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting last week in Denver and repor… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    An Ivy League Ph.D.: Not All Advantages

    A while back we commented on an astute essay about choosing an adviser written by Karen Kelsky, a former tenured anthropology professor and department chair who now uses her ability to decode cultural systems as a professional career consultant to aspiring academics. Now, at Inside Higher Ed, Kelsky turns her penetrating eye to another se… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Community Colleges as Training Resources for Scientific Careers

    For science-based careers, some people assume that graduate school is essential.   A program at Montgomery College (MC), the public community college–yes community college–for Montgomery County, Maryland, on 18 August graduated 18 people trained to work as managers of clinical trials. (Unlike most community college progra… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Contest Seeks Biotech Business Pitches

    The Journal of Commercial Biotechnology invites aspiring biotech entrepreneurs to enter their business pitches in its Biotech Pitch Contest. Each quarter of the year, the person submitting the best business pitch will win a free one-year subscription to the journal.  “This contest promises to deliver enhance [sic] visibility for nascent… Read More