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  • Scientific Opportunity in the Muslim World

    Some time back, Science Careers reported on the push by Qatar, the tiny but hugely wealthy Persian Gulf emirate, to achieve scientific eminence. In that article we also noted the similarly vigorous ambitions of Qatar’s nearby and equally mega-rich neighbor, Saudi Arabia, to do likewise. And we mentioned how these efforts can spell real opport… Read More
  • Academic Careers

  • Scientific Malpractice: A New Risk for Scientists?

    The judge who last year convicted seven scientists and engineers of manslaughter–and sentenced them to 6 years in prison–for the advice they gave in advance of the 2009 Italian earthquake explained his verdict in a statement released last week. Edwin Cartlidge wrote about the decision on Monday in ScienceInsider, our sister publication. Read More
  • Academic Careers

    Scientific Misconduct, Career Stage, and Gender Bias

    A new study that looked at data from the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) found that scientific misconduct occurs all along the academic career ladder, and that male researchers are more likely to engage in misconduct than their female counterparts. In the study, which was published today in the online open-access journal mBio®, Ferric… Read More
  • Teaching Doctors (and Researchers?) to be More Skeptical

    A study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania reveals that psychiatrists who were exposed to conflict of interest (COI) policies during their residency are less likely than peers who lack similar training to prescribe brand-name antidepressants, which are heavily promoted to psychiatrists and tend to be more ex… Read More
  • Do-It-Yourself Outsourcing

    Why wait for your employer to outsource your job to a low-wage country and pocket the difference in wage levels when you can enhance your own income by doing it yourself?  With many research workers, engineers and tech workers worried about their jobs moving overseas, a “star programmer” at an American firm figured out a… Read More
  • Obama Directs Federal Agencies to Research Gun Violence

    As part of the sweeping program to curb gun violence that President Barack Obama announced on 16 January, he issued a Presidential memorandum calling on federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to study both the causes of gun injuries and ways to prevent them. With this action, he lifted the ban… Read More
  • Science Careers Seeks Good Writing

    Most of the articles Science Careers publishes are written by professional writers, but in addition we publish two types of articles that are usually contributed by readers: Perspectives and In Person. For these, we welcome your submissions. Perspectives are op-ed articles that offer lucid, well-informed analyses of issues relevant to careers in th… Read More
  • Marketing Yourself

    Last fall, I was interviewed by F. Kay Kidder, a writer for Lab Manager magazine, on the topic of marketing–specifically, whether and how scientists should market themselves using tools similar to those that people selling products and services have long deployed. Here’s the resulting article, which I just found yesterday. The assumptio… Read More
  • Dan Albert

    Maintaining Empathy While Mastering Medicine

    Medical students are selected as much for their character as for their knowledge. The trait most valued (or that should be the most valued) is empathy. Ironically, studies show an erosion of empathy during medical school. Why does this happen, and what can we do about it?… Read More