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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Dads on the Tenure Track Feel Work-Family Conflict, Too.

    The literature addressing the conflicts that women face trying to build academic careers and raise families is vast and has inspired a wide range of policies aimed at making faculty life more “family friendly.”  But what about tenure-seeking dads with young kids?  How do they balance the needs of family and career? “Rese… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Yale Physics Department Creates Fellowship Fund In Memory of Michele Dufault

    Yale University’s physics department has announced the establishment of the Michele Dufault Summer Research Fellowship and Conference Fund in memory of the undergraduate physics student who died in April 2011 in a university machine shop. Dufualt was working on her senior project late at night, apparently alone, when her hair became enta… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    The Graying of NIH Grantees

    As everyone who has every read anything about the history of science knows, brilliant new ideas generally come from brilliant young people.  But as many familiar with the funding practices of the National Institutes of Health are also probably aware, the scientists it supports have been getting older and older.  In 1980, the average NIH-f… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Getting a Grasp of the Country Cap Issue

    As debate rages over what to do about high-skill immigration to the United States, the vast complexity of U.S. immigration law can make issues difficult for non-experts to understand. A report from the Congressional Research Service helps clarify one option that, it says, “has become increasingly popular”: eliminating the ceilings that… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Chancellor Block Outlines UCLA Position on Felony Charges in Sangji Death

    As University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) chemistry professor Patrick Harran faces arraignment on February 2 on felony charges for willful violation of safety requirements in the death of Sheri Sangji, the university will “provide for his defense,” says UCLA Chancellor Gene Block in a January 6 statement. “Dr. Harran,… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Gingrich Tops GOP Field in Science Orientation, Scientific American Finds

    With the Iowa caucuses over and the New Hampshire primary looming, incessant media attention to the GOP presidential nomination race will (groan!) be well-nigh inescapable from here on out.  In the nick of time, the Scientific American Geek Guide comes to the rescue of the perplexed sciece-oriented non-news junkie.  It rates the cont… Read More
  • Editor's Blog

    How Do You Define Success?

    In today’s print issue, Science presents a new feature called NextGen VOICES. Science Editor-in-Chief Bruce Alberts describes the new feature in this week’s Science editorial. Late last year, NextGen asked young scientists, “How will the practice of science change in your lifetime?” A selection of the responses are published… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Another Scientist Arrested in Research-Related Case

    Is it just my imagination, or is this blog beginning to resemble a police blotter?  In the past 2 weeks, we have reported on felony cases involving three different researchers, Yves Benhomou sentenced for insider trading, Kexue Huang sentenced for stealing trade secrets, and Patrick Harran accused of criminal violations of safety regulati… Read More
  • Elisabeth Pain

    Medicinal Chemists Need to be Not Ordinary

    Are you, or do you intend to become, a medicinal chemist? Derek Lowe, author of the pharma industry blog In the Pipeline, discusses in ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters the forces that have been challenging the place of the profession in the pharma industry over the last 25 years.  Lowe’s conclusion: The days when you could make… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Harran Has First Court Appearance on Charges in Sangji Death

    The Los Angeles County Superior Court yesterday released University of California-Los Angeles professor Patrick Harran on his own recognizance after he returned from a trip and surrendered to authorities, reports the Los Angeles Times. The district attorney for Los Angeles County brought charges against Harran late last month. Arraignment is set fo… Read More