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  • An Interesting New York Work-Life Event, with Alice Huang

    Those of you in the New York area with interest in science and work-life balance will be interested in this event scheduled for Friday evening, 9 November. Alice Huang will be presenting a lecture, “Life Lessons and Work-Life Balance,” followed by a networking reception, at New York University’s Center for Genomics and Systems Bio… Read More
  • A Visit to an “Emerald City” of Science

    Across the country, academic scientists are struggling with tight budgets for equipment and staff. In the North Carolina Piedmont town of Kannapolis, however, researchers affiliated with half a dozen universities and several corporations work in bright, modern laboratory buildings whose decor, equipment, and scientific resources verge on the lavish… Read More
  • Postdocs: Please Participate in NPA’s Annual Postdoctoral Survey

    The National Postdoctoral Association has extended the deadline for its 2012 Survey of Postdoctoral Scholars until 12 November. The information collected in such surveys is vital to understanding and improving the training postdocs receive and the context they work in, so please participate. Read More
  • Alternative Careers

    Rising Job Prospects in U.K. Companies

    In their latest sampling of U.K. industry, released today, business lobbying organization CBI and recruitment specialists Harvey Nash have found a cautious but continuing trend toward growing employment, with job prospects looking especially good for highly-trained people and college graduates. Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    A Facebook Furor

    Being a serious scientific publication, we resisted commenting when we saw heated discussion in the blogosphere (link not suitable for work) about the unfortunate observation that University of Chicago evolutionary biologist and neurobiologist Dario Maestripieri posted on Facebook. But now that Inside Higher Ed has reported on the resulting “ Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Fact-Checking Obama on Immigrant Entrepreneurs

    People will probably remember the second Presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, held on 18 October, mostly for moderator Candy Crowley’s dramatic correction of a statement by Romney and for Romney’s odd image or “binders full of women.”  But buried in the wrangling over tax plans, h… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    The Law of Unintended Consequences

    The death of Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania on 14 October, at the age of 82, has occasioned widespread mourning in the biomedical community, as our colleague Jocelyn Kaiser notes on our sister blog.  “I am greatly saddened by the death of [this] towering champion of biomedical research and of the mission of the National… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    Proposed Law Would Require Institutions to Disclose Alumni Outcomes

    We at Science Careers have long urged graduate programs to track and make public their graduates’ and postdocs’ career outcomes so that people considering Ph.D. programs and postdoc appointments can make informed choices. Recent studies from the National Academies and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) include similar recommen… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    The Sweetest Way to Improve Your Nobel Chances?

    Winning the Nobel Prize must be a very sweet experience.  But the connection between sweetness and science’s highest accolade is closer than that, according to an (apparently serious) note in the  New England Journal of Medicine that found a “powerful correlation” between the number of Nobel Prizes a country wins and how… Read More