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Perpetuating the PhD pyramid scheme

This kind of thinking drives me up a wall – scientists who are unwilling to approach the PhD labor market from a scientific perspective:

Living Science: Looking out for Future Scientists, Eve Marder, eLife: 737 more words

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It'll take more than tweaking NIH review to promote young scientists

The NY Times ran an op-ed by a Maryland Congressional representative arguing that younger biomedical investigators, who are at what should be the most creative time of their careers, are getting screwed in the current funding climate. 219 more words

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How Does a Child Become a Scientist? Part 2

I started with a simple question, “How did you wind up as a scientist? What early experiences led you to pursue that career?”

It turns out that was all it took to have mammalogist Larry Heaney’s face light up as he recollected a rather wonderful childhood and the life it led him to. 1,028 more words

Life is not easy ...

The last four to six months as a PhD student are probably the worst – real deadlines have to be met, manuscripts have to be finished, the thesis summary has to be completed, the thesis defense has to be prepared, and the supervisor is suddenly changing from being the friendly mother into becoming a demanding, questioning and sometimes angry parent. 131 more words

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The Ultimate Science Street Fair is Coming

If you missed the AWESOME Rockefeller University Science Saturday family event earlier this month, with hands-on learning stations and real science in action,  The Ultimate Science Street Fair… 2,262 more words


Approaching the deadline

Life is almost too busy at the moment. With two PhD students finishing within the next six months, one PhD student taking his mid-term exam in May, and two licentiate students defending in less than a year. 317 more words

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This Week's Findings (1-7 April)

  • David Harwell on Science in Developing Countries. The answer I got from asking in one of Reddit Science AMA sessions is
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