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    NIH Announces the 2012 Early Independence Awards

    Yesterday, NIH updated its online information on the 2012 Early Independence Awards, the latest iteration of a novel program that allows recent Ph.D. recipients — applicants must be within 12 months of receiving the degree — to skip the postdoc and become an independent researcher immediately. The request for applications was posted las… Read More
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    A Career Fair for IT Jobs in India — in San Jose!

    India has been an important source of skilled labor for America’s information-technology (IT) industry for years. Meanwhile, American companies have engaged in “off-shoring”: setting up Indian subsidiaries or contracting with Indian firms to lower operating costs. Also, American companies have been lobbying congress to admit more… Read More
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    Science Degrees and Unemployment

    Data from the 2010 Census, released in a study from Georgetown Universities Center for Education and the Workforce, have been much in the news lately, with most mainstream news outlets mining it for news bytes. The most common take: “Here is a bunch of majors where the unemployment rate is really low. Look, most of… Read More
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    Are You Flexible?

    We’ve posted a poll on our Facebook page asking aspiring scientists whether they are determined to have an academic career or whether they’re open to non-academic and non-traditional opportunities. (There’s a third choice for those who are definitely looking for a non-academic career.) So far, the results are surprising, at least… Read More
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    Jobs in Chemistry: It’s Still a Struggle

    The latest C&E News presents their latest report on the job market in chemistry and concludes, in a series of articles, that jobs in chemistry might be a little easier to find in 2012 than they were in 2011 — but not much easier. Among other interesting observations, Sophie L. Rovner notes (in “Anemic Recovery… Read More
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    Drug Shortages May Derail Careers

    Earlier this year, my father became one of many patients whose health was put at risk due to a drug shortage. A chemotherapy agent prescribed by his oncologist was unavailable and had to be replaced by a different drug. A news article by Madhumita Venkataramanan in Nature Medicine argues that scientific careers, too, are being placed… Read More
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    More Universities Talk to Ph.D.s About Careers Outside Academe

    A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education says that universities are increasingly promoting the idea that careers outside academe for Ph.D. graduates need not be a consolation prize. Describing such conversations as “taboo”, the article describes events and other measures universities are taking to inform their graduate stud… Read More
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    National Geographic Young Explorers Grants

    This isn’t new, apparently, but it definitely caught my eye: The National Geographic Society offers grants to young people, ages 18 to 25, to support them as they engage in several different kinds of exploratory pursuits. Applicants are not required to have advanced degrees and the program isn’t limited to U.S. citizens. Grants vary in… Read More
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    Finding Where You Fit

    In a recent BioTechniques (Vol. 51, No. 4), Kristie Nybo interviews Barry Honig, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, all at Columbia University. Honig has made important contributions to the development of tools for str… Read More
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    Lots of Two-Career Scientist Couples

    I’m attending the Michigan regional meeting of the National Postdoctoral Association. At a reception last night, I was sitting with four scientists; of the five of us, four had interesting scientist-spouse-related stories: A chancellor’s spouse had been an enzymologist, became a cancer researcher, and just finished law school to become… Read More
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