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Writers' Lab: Writing practices of a postdoc in the sciences

Writers' Lab: Writing practices of a postdoc in the sciences | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Today in the Writers' Lab I have the pleasure of inviting William Alexander, who shares with us his writing habits. William Alexander was born and educated in Missouri. Currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his interests center on synthetic biology, homebrewing, and child rearing. (...) - PhD Talk, by William Alexander, September 2, 2014

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Australia: Young researchers YouTube their work

Each year at its annual conference, the Australian Cooperative Research Centres, or CRC, Association holds a "Showcasing Early Career Researchers" session.

This year for the CRC Association's Innovating with Asia 2014 conference in Perth in May*, 48 researchers - two years out from submitting their PhD to five years after submitting - braved the cameras and shot a 30-second video explaining the topic of their research, what they have done and what it means. (...)  - University World News, 18 April 2014 Issue No:316

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Postdoc salaries hold strong Down Under - 31 July 2013 - New Scientist

As research funding takes a hit the world over, Australian postdocs are weathering the economic storm

When funding cuts lead to the closure of small labs around the globe, what's a postdoctoral fellow to do? For an increasing number of postdocs the world over, the answer is simple: go to Australia. (...) - NewScientist, by Sarah-Jane Collins, 31 July 2013

 

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Francis Collins: Changes at the NIH : Naturejobs

Francis Collins: Changes at the NIH : Naturejobs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Director lays out workforce initiatives geared towards early-career scientists.

 

For years, the US National Institutes of Health has struggled with promoting non-academic career tracks for biomedical scientists, gauging the supply of PhD holders and demand for research jobs, enticing under-represented minorities into science and establishing funding avenues for early-career researchers. Hoping to bring some evidence-based clarity to these issues, NIH director Francis Collins asked two working groups of the NIH Advisory Committee to study the issues and make recommendations. They released their recommendations in two reports in June; Collins responded in December. (...) - by Gene Russo, Naturejobs, Nature 493, 443-444 (2013)

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Foreign-born scientists: mobility patterns for 16 countries

Foreign-born scientists: mobility patterns for 16 countries | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
A cross-country survey of research scientists in 16 countries finds considerable variation in immigration and emigration patterns.(...) Nature Biotechnology, by Chiara Franzoni, Giuseppe Scellato & Paula Stephan, Nature Biotechnology, 30, 1250–1253 (2012)
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China's prospects encourage postdoc to return

I would not miss a golden chance to return to China, a Chinese young man pursuing a postdoctoral degree in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said.

Wang Yang, 35, applied for postdoctoral positions of US universities without hesitation after graduating with a doctorate from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing five years ago, and so did all his 12 classmates. (...) - chinadaily.com.cn

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Uprooting researchers can drive them out of science

Uprooting researchers can drive them out of science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Making early-career scientists change institutions frequently is disruptive and — with modern technology — unnecessary, says Russell Garwood. (...) - Nature, 18 June 2014

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New Survey Finds U.S. Sequester Has Meant Less Academic Research

New Survey Finds U.S. Sequester Has Meant Less Academic Research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Poll of research universities documents impact of this year's cuts in federal funding

This year’s mandatory across-the-board budget cuts to U.S. research agencies have translated into less money for academic scientists and delays in their research projects.

A survey of public and private U.S. research universities released today finds that 70% of the 74 respondents report that sequestration has caused a reduction in federal research grants to their institutions and has slowed campus-based research. The biggest effects are fewer student positions (31%), a reduction in temporary or part-time staff positions (30%), and a decline in postdoctoral fellows (24%). Some 22% of respondents said they also have had to reduce the number of permanent staff members. (...) Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, 11 November 2013

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James Watson: Postdocs should travel, talk, and think big

James Watson: Postdocs should travel, talk, and think big | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

You could say Jim Watson had an ideal postdoc experience. Sixty years ago, when he was still in his 20s, he was a postdoc in the Cavendish Lab at the University of Cambridge when he played a central role in one of the biggest discoveries of the 20th century. Along with Francis Crick, he co-authored the Nature papers in 1953 that proposed the double-helical structure of DNA and outlined a potential mechanism for how that structure could allow DNA to self-replicate. The work earned him a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 and a place in the history books. (...) - Posted by Catherine de Lange, Claire O’Connell, contributor Nature Jobs Blog, 03 May 2013

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Postdoc leader sought

Executive director of US postdoctoral association steps down.

 

Cathee Johnson Phillips, executive director of the US National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) in Washington DC, will step down on 30 April. The NPA's board of directors has launched a nationwide search and hopes to hire a new leader before she leaves. (...) - Naturejobs, Nature 492, 459 (2012), 19 December 2012

 

 

 

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Postdocs: A voice for the voiceless - Collectif PAPERA

Postdocs: A voice for the voiceless - Collectif PAPERA | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
In its first ten years, the US National Postdoctoral Association has helped to raise the profile of postdocs. But championing their cause still presents challenges.

 

Before Alyson Reed became head of the US National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), she had only the vaguest ideas about what a postdoctoral researcher does. (...) - Nature (Naturejobs) | 489, 461-463 (2012) | 19 September 2012 | by Karen Kaplan

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US postdocs: US–European deal

Agreement will let US postdocs join European research teams. (...) - Nature

 

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