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    Community Colleges as Training Resources for Scientific Careers

    For science-based careers, some people assume that graduate school is essential.   A program at Montgomery College (MC), the public community college–yes community college–for Montgomery County, Maryland, on 18 August graduated 18 people trained to work as managers of clinical trials. (Unlike most community college progra… Read More
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    Contest Seeks Biotech Business Pitches

    The Journal of Commercial Biotechnology invites aspiring biotech entrepreneurs to enter their business pitches in its Biotech Pitch Contest. Each quarter of the year, the person submitting the best business pitch will win a free one-year subscription to the journal.  “This contest promises to deliver enhance [sic] visibility for nascent… Read More
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    Rewarding Students for Being Wrong

    Ordinarily, students are trained to provide correct answers.  But, coming up with original ideas–the kind that really make a difference–often requires first being wrong, and sometimes repeatedly, notes Williams College math professor Edward Burger in an eye-opening and inspiring essay at Inside Higher Ed.  So, to teach student… Read More
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    “The Factors That Have Made Academe Less Appealing”

    For many graduate students and postdocs, a tenured position at a reputable university is the most devoutly desired goal. Computer scientist Terran Lane, a former associate professor at the University of New Mexico, however, attained the position so many dream of and then gave it all up, including tenure, to go work for Google. He… Read More
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    Monkey Business in the Lab?

    Giving new meaning to the term “laboratory misconduct,” a lab technician found “drunk and not fully clothed in the locker room for technicians of an animal research lab” at Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta has been placed under arrest, reports Inside Higher Ed. In addition to the errant technician, two of t… Read More
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    Where Is the Frontier of Science?

    Vannevar Bush, who designed the architecture of American research at the end of World War II, called science “the endless frontier.” Last week, while vacationing at Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, I got a surprising insight into what he meant. I first rode the gondola lift to the top of Sulphur Mountain overlooking… Read More
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    Curiosity About the NASA Mohawk Guy

    So you want to become an Internet sensation, pick up 20,000 Twitter followers in a day and have your name turn up hundreds of times on Google?  How’s this for a clever strategy: Get a bachelors in aeronautical and astronautical engineering at the University of Washington and a masters at MIT, and work for nine… Read More
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    Dealing With Small Slights

    A piece of mail arrives addressed to “Dear sir” when you’re more accurately addressed as “madam.” A clueless colleague remarks upon meeting you that he couldn’t tell from reading your scientific publications that you are a woman. What should you do when you’re a member of a group with low representation in… Read More
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    A “Remarkable” Examination of Academic Bait-and-Switch

    Does this sound familiar?  Bright, ambitious young people make huge investments in an educational program they have been led to believe will lead to interesting, significant, and financially comfortable careers.  Once through their studies, however, most find themselves not only unable to land the jobs they thought they were preparing for… Read More
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    Good Rockin’ (Maybe) Monday

    For former rock musician Adam Steltzner, the performance planned for 5 August ranks as the biggest, most nerve-wracking, most important, and potentially most brilliant debut of his career. Though Steltzner still wears an Elvis-style duckbill haircut along with snakeskin boots, National Public Radio’s Joe Palca reports, it isn’t an audie… Read More