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  • We’ve Moved!

    We’ve merged the Science Careers blog with the rest of Science Careers. Starting immediately, all new posts will appear on the Science Careers homepage at, along with our columns and regular articles. There, you can also search for jobs and access our other extensive resources. For the latest news about the sc… Read More
  • Hearing in Sangji Case Delayed Again, Until March

    Judge Lisa Lench was scheduled to announce her decision on 15 February as to whether Patrick Harran will stand trial on felony charges in the death of Sheri Sangji. Chemical & Engineering News reports, however, that the final stage of the preliminary hearing has now been delayed until 21 March. Read More
  • High-Skill Immigration: “A Profit Center…And A Wage-Supression Tool”

    The push for  immigration reform is increasing, and with it, the calls to “staple a green card” to every foreign graduate student’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) degree in order to boost American innovation.  But far from supercharging the nation’s scientific and technical creativity, the lar… Read More
  • Some Immigration News That’s Fit to Print

    As the immigration issue has heated up here in Washington, numerous politicians have proclaimed the need–and introduced legislation–to admit additional high-skilled foreign workers to counter the nation’s imaginary shortage of technical skills. We at Science Careers have, of course, spent the last decade or more pointing out that… Read More
  • Unconscionable Plagiarism?

    They say that life imitates art, but once in a while it also appears to imitate Mad Magazine.  The doctorate of Germany’s minister of education, Annette Schavan, for example, has been rescinded after her alma mater, Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, determined that she had plagiarized parts of her dissertation  The subject of… Read More
  • A “Worrying” Witness at Congressional Immigration Hearing?

    The U.S. House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on immigration reform on 5 February, covering a number of topics, including, of course, high-skill workers. For those familiar with such Kabukis, there were no surprises, at least in the hearing room.  The morning did bring one amazement, however: an article on the usually rational webs… Read More
  • University of British Columbia Boosts Pay of Faculty Women

    “Striking a blow against gender inequity in professors’ pay,” the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver has announced that it will raise the salary of each of the 880 tenured or tenure-track women on its faculty by 2 percent, reports the Globe and Mail.  Studies by the university found that the $14,000 average dif… Read More
  • What Senator Cowan Can Tell Us About Admissions Preferences and STEM

    Recently we reported on a study of students at Duke University showing that minority students admitted to competitive colleges with large admissions preferences transfer out of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields much more often than do white students, who generally don’t receive such large preferences.  The autho… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    Researchers See Many Benefits from Collaborating with Patients’ Associations

    A survey carried out at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) suggests that the majority of researchers see interacting with patients’ associations in a positive light. The preliminary results were presented today at the French senate as part of a conference gathering INSERM and patients’ associations. Read More
  • Academic Careers

    New Measures to Promote Gender Equality in France

    Yesterday, the French government announced the adoption of a charter aimed at helping France reach true gender equality in higher education. The “Charter for Equality” (link goes to PDF) was put together by the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), the Conference of Grandes Ecoles (CGE), and the Conference of the Directors of Frenc… Read More