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    More from the Author of This Week’s In Person Essay

    Tracy Ainsworth, who wrote this week’s In Person essay on combining a science career with family in Australia, sent me an e-mail describing her experiences, which I reproduce here with her permission: Last year I was part of a group of female scientists that spoke with several girls high schools about science as a career. Read More
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    Penn Closes the Postdoc Salary Gap

    Like many upstanding universities, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has long aspired to take good care of its postdocs. That includes paying them decently. But, also like other universities, it had a ways to go to achieve that objective. Penn’s stated goal has been to close the gap between the stipends that National Institutes… Read More
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    A Week in Stockholm

    If you’re looking for a scintillating read, I strongly recommend you check out Yudhijit Bhattacharjee’s News Focus article, “A Week in Stockholm,” in this week’s Science. It’s a “you are there” account of the encounter between competing research groups at the events surrounding last year’s Nobel… Read More
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    NextGen Voices: The Definition of Success

    This week, Science‘s Letters section features the results of their most recent NextGen VOICES poll, in which early-career scientists are asked to respond to career-related questions. In January, the poll asked, “What is your definition of a successful scientist? How has this definition changed between your mentor’s generation and… Read More
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    Scientists and Diversity in Industry: Who Stays? Who Goes?

    Last month, the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, part of the National Science Foundation, released a report called “Diversity in Science and Engineering Employment in Industry.” I took a look and learned something new — or maybe more accurately, the numbers caused me to look at things in a new way. Not only… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    What to Say — and Not to Say — to Program Officers

    On Wednesday, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an excellent advice piece by Michael J. Spires, a proposal development specialist from the Smithsonian Institution, about interacting with program officers for funding agencies. I believe every aspiring (and early-career) academic scientist — anyone who isn’t experience… Read More
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    A New Postdoc Contract at U Mass Amherst

    The Boston Globe is reporting that unionized postdocs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) have overwhelmingly approved a new contract with the university after 2 years of bargaining. According to the Globe, the contract provides for a minimum postdoc salary of $38,500, 2% raises to current salaries, and guaranteed health insu… Read More
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    Conference Board Report Paints a Pretty Job-Market Picture

    The headline result from the latest employment report from the Conference Board — 39,900 more online job ads posted in February than the month before — delivers good news, but it isn’t the kind you’d print in letters 4 inches tall. But when you take a closer look, the numbers look really good. Read More