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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Harran Preliminary Hearing Delayed Until November

    Initially scheduled for today, the preliminary hearing for Patrick Harran on charges relating to the death of Sheri Sangji has been delayed until November 16, reports the Westwood-Century City Patch. This delay was expected, we are reliably told, because Harran’s legal team has filed a number of motions in advance of the hearing that req… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    The World Champion of Fraud

    When the Nobel Prize committee announces this year’s winners of science’s highest accolade, one category they’ll omit will be research fraud. But were there a prize for scientific malfeasance, the top contender would doubtlessly be Japanese anesthesiologist Yoshitaka Fujii, formerly of Toho University in Tokyo. “Perhaps the… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Film Chronicles the Tragic Life and Career of a Genius and War Hero

    British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) was one of the pivotal scientific figures of the 20th century, with an influence on daily life that today continues to grow around the world. In the 1930s, Turing did work fundamental to modern computers. During World War II, he led the team of code breakers at Bletchley Park, Britain’s… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Scientific Fraudsters Peer Review Their Own Journal Articles

    Favorable comments from peer reviewers are essential for getting articles published in reputable journals.  To assure that the papers they submitted saw print, unscrupulous researchers have obtained that all-important peer approval the easy way: by fraudulently writing the reviews themselves.  Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription r… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    The Science Of Democracy

    A new career path appears to be opening for some holders of American scientific Ph.D.s: becoming the leader of a newly democratic Arab government.  The recently elected president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, holds a Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  He served as an assistant professor at Ca… Read More
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    Making the Undergraduate-to-Medical-School Transition

    During medical school orientations just a few decades ago, it was common for the Dean or another senior speaker to say to the assembled freshman class: “Look to the right of you…look to the left of you… [and in solemn tones]…in four years one of you three will not be here.” Happily for today’s medical… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    ScienceLive Chat: Do Female Scientists Get a Raw Deal?

    Science is supposed to be a merit-based, bias-free profession, but research suggests that female scientists are hired less frequently and earn less pay than their male colleagues. Earlier this month, researchers conducted a mock hiring situation and found that science faculty members chose potential male applicants over female applicants and awarde… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    Survey Shows Many Recent PSM Graduates Finding Good Jobs

    In a year when many recent graduates are struggling to find work, those who received Professional Science Masters (PSM) degrees during the 2010-11 or 2011-12 academic year appear to be enjoying high levels of well-paid employment, according to a report released on 18 September by the Council of Graduate Schools, an association of more than 500… Read More