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    Making the Undergraduate-to-Medical-School Transition

    During medical school orientations just a few decades ago, it was common for the Dean or another senior speaker to say to the assembled freshman class: “Look to the right of you…look to the left of you… [and in solemn tones]…in four years one of you three will not be here.” Happily for today’s medical… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    ScienceLive Chat: Do Female Scientists Get a Raw Deal?

    Science is supposed to be a merit-based, bias-free profession, but research suggests that female scientists are hired less frequently and earn less pay than their male colleagues. Earlier this month, researchers conducted a mock hiring situation and found that science faculty members chose potential male applicants over female applicants and awarde… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Survey Shows Many Recent PSM Graduates Finding Good Jobs

    In a year when many recent graduates are struggling to find work, those who received Professional Science Masters (PSM) degrees during the 2010-11 or 2011-12 academic year appear to be enjoying high levels of well-paid employment, according to a report released on 18 September by the Council of Graduate Schools, an association of more than 500… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Parenting On The Tenure Track

    The other day, this blog discussed an assistant professor’s controversial solution to the sick child problem, one of the many challenges facing academics who are parents. Now Kirstie Ramsey, a pseudonymous untenured faculty member in a STEM field, considers the larger question: when is the right time for an academic try to “expand your… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Recognizing The “Indispensable” Role of Staff Scientists

    When a working group from the National Institutes of Health issued a long-awaited report in June on securing the future of the biomedical workforce, one of its most important recommendations was to establish many more positions in research labs for career staff scientists. Now HHMI Bulletin has profiled five such long-term lab m… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    House of Representatives To Vote on “Staple A Green Card” Bill

    Republican leaders in the House of Representatives plan to hold a vote this week on a bill to create a new category of automatic green card for foreign scientists and engineers who earn doctorates in the United States, reports the National Journal. The White House and other Democrats are reportedly trying to dampen enthusiasm by arguing… Read More
  • Michael Price

    New Survey Reveals Trends Among Those with Physics Bachelor’s

    The American Institute of Physics (AIP) last week released its annual survey of employment trends among recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree in physics. The survey consists of responses from nearly 12,000 graduates from the classes of 2009 and 2010. The results show that the following year 60% of them were enrolled in grad… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Who Succeeds in Graduate School?

    A cluster of personality traits predicts success in graduate school, according to an overview of research on the subject in the current issue of gradPSYCH, a magazine published by the American Psychological Association.  Topping the list of characteristics contributing to successful graduate work is intellectual curiosity.  Intelligence,… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    A Controversial Solution to the Sick-Child Problem

    How’s this for the ultimate in work-life balance?  Stuck with a sick baby and no good back-up daycare on the first day of class, anthropologist  Adrienne Pine, an assistant professor at American University in Washington, D.C., took the child to class.  While she lectured–aptly enough on “Sex, Gender and Culture̶… Read More