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  • Academics As Free Agents

    In today’s tight job market, it’s common for people in a wide range of fields to earn their livelihoods as freelancers. Now, thanks to rapid expansion of online education, academics are being added to the mix, as “freelance professors,” reports Inside Higher Ed. Read More
  • American Chemical Society Report Proposes Bold Reforms in Graduate Education

    A new report from the American Chemical Society (ACS) recommends sweeping changes in graduate education to prepare chemists to face 21st century conditions. Entitled Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences and issued 10 December, the “deep and thorough analysis of the state of graduate education” takes a bold look at the c… Read More
  • Happy Birthday Ada Lovelace

    Today, Google is marking the 197th birthday of a pioneering woman scientist–Augusta Ada King, Lady Lovelace–with a Google Doodle dedicated to her. In her own time Lovelace was a giant–and not only because she’s Lord Byron‘s child. Lovelace’s mother, Annabella Milbanke, herself a gifted student of mathematics, app… Read More
  • Give the Gift of Lab Safety

    Are you looking for the perfect present for those bench scientists on your list? Here’s an idea. Cafe Press, a purveyor of logo-trimmed giftware, offers online an extensive line of shirts, PJs, bags, packs, mugs, water bottles, mousepads, card holders, and more emblazoned with the motto “Got PPE? Your safety is nothing to experimen… Read More
  • NSF Graduate Fellows Get a Chance to Work Oversees

    Writing for ScienceInsider, our sister blog, Science Careers writer Michael Price describes a new program from the U.S. National Science Foundation: Yesterday, NSF officials unveiled the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) program as part of a celebration of the 60th anniversary of its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Launc… Read More
  • Clarification Needed for Adjunct Healthcare Issues

    We recently reported on the lack of health insurance coverage for many of the nation’s adjunct faculty members (40% of America’s higher education teacher force.)  With the impending implementation of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), the issue is becoming more complicated, Inside Higher Ed reports. The new law requ… Read More
  • The Goldberg Variation

    Mixing science and religion can be problematic, but not for robotics and mechanical engineering students at the Technion, Israel’s technical university in Haifa.  Though the original Hanukkah story involves Greeks, not geeks, the Technion technologists devised a high-tech method of carrying out the holiday’s central ritual, lightin… Read More
  • What’s In a (Prize) Name?

    Prestigious science prizes play an important role in advancing and validating the careers of productive researchers. The names of those awards, however, often have complex relationships to the science that they honor. Alfred Nobel, for example, whose eponymous awards stand at the pinnacle of international renown, was a highly successful industriali… Read More
  • GQ Endorses Geek Chic

    Have you heard that “geek chic” is a hot trend these days?  That the guys (and gals) who rule technology and science also rule the fashion world?  Well now it’s official.  GQ, the arbiter of masculine style whose motto is “Look sharp. Live smart,” has chosen the Mars Rover team–those men and women… Read More