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  • What Senator Cowan Can Tell Us About Admissions Preferences and STEM

    Recently we reported on a study of students at Duke University showing that minority students admitted to competitive colleges with large admissions preferences transfer out of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields much more often than do white students, who generally don’t receive such large preferences.  The autho… Read More
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    Researchers See Many Benefits from Collaborating with Patients’ Associations

    A survey carried out at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) suggests that the majority of researchers see interacting with patients’ associations in a positive light. The preliminary results were presented today at the French senate as part of a conference gathering INSERM and patients’ associations. Read More
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    New Measures to Promote Gender Equality in France

    Yesterday, the French government announced the adoption of a charter aimed at helping France reach true gender equality in higher education. The “Charter for Equality” (link goes to PDF) was put together by the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), the Conference of Grandes Ecoles (CGE), and the Conference of the Directors of Frenc… Read More
  • Scientific Opportunity in the Muslim World

    Some time back, Science Careers reported on the push by Qatar, the tiny but hugely wealthy Persian Gulf emirate, to achieve scientific eminence. In that article we also noted the similarly vigorous ambitions of Qatar’s nearby and equally mega-rich neighbor, Saudi Arabia, to do likewise. And we mentioned how these efforts can spell real opport… Read More
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  • Scientific Malpractice: A New Risk for Scientists?

    The judge who last year convicted seven scientists and engineers of manslaughter–and sentenced them to 6 years in prison–for the advice they gave in advance of the 2009 Italian earthquake explained his verdict in a statement released last week. Edwin Cartlidge wrote about the decision on Monday in ScienceInsider, our sister publication. Read More
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    Scientific Misconduct, Career Stage, and Gender Bias

    A new study that looked at data from the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) found that scientific misconduct occurs all along the academic career ladder, and that male researchers are more likely to engage in misconduct than their female counterparts. In the study, which was published today in the online open-access journal mBio®, Ferric… Read More
  • Teaching Doctors (and Researchers?) to be More Skeptical

    A study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania reveals that psychiatrists who were exposed to conflict of interest (COI) policies during their residency are less likely than peers who lack similar training to prescribe brand-name antidepressants, which are heavily promoted to psychiatrists and tend to be more ex… Read More
  • Do-It-Yourself Outsourcing

    Why wait for your employer to outsource your job to a low-wage country and pocket the difference in wage levels when you can enhance your own income by doing it yourself?  With many research workers, engineers and tech workers worried about their jobs moving overseas, a “star programmer” at an American firm figured out a… Read More
  • Obama Directs Federal Agencies to Research Gun Violence

    As part of the sweeping program to curb gun violence that President Barack Obama announced on 16 January, he issued a Presidential memorandum calling on federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to study both the causes of gun injuries and ways to prevent them. With this action, he lifted the ban… Read More