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  • Scores of Researchers Demand an End to Federal Gun Research Ban

    More than 70 prominent researchers from epidemiology, neuroscience, psychology, economics, psychiatry, biostatistics, criminology, sociology, surgery, law, business, nursing, emergency medicine, forensic science, public policy, and other fields have joined forces to send a letter to Vice President Biden asking that his forthcoming recommendations t… Read More
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    Physics Students Shoot a Zombie Movie at CERN

    Last month, Science Careers profiled three young scientists who contributed to proving the existence of the long-sought Higgs Boson, at the European particle physics laboratory (CERN) near Geneva, Switzerland. Science declared the discovery the Breakthrough of the Year for 2012. But this isn’t the only thing young scientists at CERN have been… Read More
  • New Regulation Targets Academic Fraud in China

    New penalties for academic fraud went into force across China on 1 January.  The Ministry of Education has announced its intention to crack down on students, faculty members, and other academics who commit plagiarism, fabricate research results, or engage in the widespread practices of purchasing or dealing in academic papers, dissertations, o… Read More
  • Survey Finds Researchers Dangerously Complacent About Lab Safety

    Academic researchers generally consider their labs safe, even though the great majority of labs routinely violate basic principles of safe practice and many fail to provide adequate training and emphasis on safety.  This dismaying–though not surprising–conclusion emerged in a preliminary analysis of data from an international surve… Read More
  • Landing a Job at a Teaching Institution

    Most people seeking their first faculty position have spent much of their recent time immersed in research. But, as Messiah College department chair and hiring committee veteran John Fea reminds job seekers at Inside Higher Ed, “the overwhelming majority of colleges and universities … stress teaching over research.” Thes… Read More
  • Getting Clear on Scientist Unemployment Rates

    Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has proposed giving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors a break on tuition at state universities on the theory that those fields provide great career opportunities and that more STEM  graduates will boost the economy.  But, “More STEM degrees may not equal more jobs,” re… Read More
  • NRA-Inspired, Congressionally Enacted, Funding Ban Stymies Gun Safety Research

    In the wake of the Connecticut elementary school massacre, scientists in a number of disciplines are probably wondering how they can put their expertise to work finding ways to prevent such horrors from happening again. But it appears they shouldn’t look to the federal government for help funding any firearm-injury-related research. That̵… Read More
  • Ruling on Whether Harran Will Stand Trial Postponed Until February

    Final testimony in the preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court to determine whether University of California-Los Angeles professor Patrick Harran will stand trial in the death of Sheri Sangji ended on 18 December.  The hearing started in November, but the final two days of testimony were postponed until 17 and 18 December because of… Read More