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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Report Discusses Improving Pathways from Graduate School to Career

    Do university programs provide their students the information they need to plot post-degree careers? Anyone familiar with the situation of grad school alumni can provide the answer. Many programs — often those preparing students for professional or business careers — do a decent job of equipping their students with realistic job ma… Read More
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  • Michael Price

    Poll: Do you use electronic lab notebooks?

    The times, they are a-changin’ — or are they? Whereas our laboratory forebears scribbled their research records with pen on paper, today you can plug your findings into electronic or online notebooks and, if you want to, share them with colleagues across the world. But how many people are actually doing that? Are scientists actually… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Tell It to the Judge

    Talk about innovative, real-world applications of science! According to the Physics Central blog, physicist Dmitri Krioukov of the University of California-San Diego talked-or, actually, wrote-his way out of a traffic ticket by composing and posting a scientific paper (entitled ‘The Proof of Innocence’). In his paper, Krioukov… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    What Sequestration Could Mean for NIH

    The Budget Control Act of 2011, which Congress passed in August to end last summer’s total struggle between the Republicans and Democrats over raising the national debt ceiling has, as you may recall, a built-in booby trap. If federal spending this year exceeds certain predetermined caps, a process called sequestration will begin come Ja… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    What Constitutes a Successful Placement?

    What does it mean for a graduate adviser or a department (or, in science, a postdoc’s lab chief) to successfully “place” a protege? In academics, writes English professor Leonard Cassuto in an astute and provocative essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education, it is almost always taken to mean helping the person land… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    What to Remember on the First Anniversary of Michele Dufault’s Death

    A year to the day after Yale undergraduate Michele Dufault died while working alone, late at night, on her senior project in a university machine shop, the university’s student newspaper, Yale Daily News, carries two remembrances of the 22-year-old physics major who was just weeks away from graduation. She strangled to death after her hair… Read More
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  • Editor's Blog

    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
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    New Report Focuses on Regulatory Science

    Regulating the products used in health care is both a vital function of government and a professional area that employs scientists trained in a number of disciplines.  A new report from the Board on Health Sciences Policy of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine, entitled Strengthening a Workforce for Innovative Regulatory Scienc… Read More