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A glacier cave located on the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina.

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Here is this week’s career-related news from across the Science family of publications.  

► “[S]cience historian Mark Carey of the University of Oregon, Eugene, found himself thrust into the limelight as the latest target of conservative-leaning bloggers questioning federally funded research” for one of his papers, titled “Glaciers, gender, and science: A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research,” Carolyn Gramling wrote last Friday. In a Q&A, Carey discussed “defining a feminist glaciology framework [and] how social and humanities research can help inform scientific knowledge.” “Our paper suggests that ... societal classifications have historically influenced the reception of science [conducted by women]—with men’s science more valued. We then ask whether these kinds of societal values about gender still influence science and scientists’ credibility,” he said.

► Researchers receiving funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) may be able to breathe a sigh of relief: “Representative John Culberson (R–TX) says he’s seen the light and no longer wants to specify funding levels for individual research directorates at [NSF],” Jeffrey Mervis reported Thursday. “Culberson, who chairs the spending subcommittee in the House of Representatives that controls NSF’s budget, made his comments after a hearing yesterday on NSF’s 2017 budget request. It followed a strong plea from NSF Director France Córdova to let the agency build a portfolio based on the most exciting research across all fields,” he wrote. “If Culberson’s change of heart is real, it would be a significant victory for the U.S. research community.”

► If you’re interested in getting into science writing, the new book Science Blogging: The Essential Guide, by science writers Christie Wilcox, Bethany Brookshire, and Jason G. Goldman, offers advice from “some of the best science bloggers on the Internet,” wrote Andrew David Thaler of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, in a review (subscription required) in this week’s Science. The book “is an important and valuable guide for aspiring science writers of all stripes,” and the authors did a great job given the fast-paced nature of the Internet, Thaler wrote. He also noted, however, that it “[leaves] out the societal effect of science blogging on the culture of science,” such as the ability to “shape the overall discussion about sexual harassment, racism, and discrimination within the scientific community and force institutions to confront entrenched and systemic abuses.”

► Most medical students in Pakistan don’t conduct research, but Ahmed Waqas made his own opportunities to pursue his career goals. Read how he did it in this week’s Science Careers-produced Working Life story.

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