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Perspectives Index

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Another Call to Reform Biomedical Research and Training by Beryl Lieff Benderly, Jim Austin, 14 April 2014. Four prominent scientist-administrators call on policymakers to reform a system that discourages "even the most outstanding prospective students from entering our profession."

Are Foreign Guest Workers Preferable to Retraining? by Beryl Lieff Benderly, 21 March 2014. A skilled-immigration advocate says that importing new workers makes more sense than retraining—but is such an approach consistent with the broader interests of society?

Who's Looking at Your Data? by Steven J. Portugal, Stephanie E. Pierce, 25 February 2014. When setting data-sharing policies, policymakers and others must consider their potential impact on early-career scientists.

New Year’s Resolutions for Early-Career Scientists by Simon Williams, 01 January 2014. Suggestions for 2014: Be healthier and friendlier, learn something new, get organized, and fall in love.

Improve Your Productivity in Graduate School by Sheetal R. Modi, 16 December 2013. A former graduate student provides suggestions for a more efficient and productive—and ultimately more rewarding—Ph.D. experience.

Give Science Some Slack by Jim Austin, 04 December 2013. Science and society are paying a high price for the intense pressure that scientists are under.

Finding Nirvana: Paths to Becoming a Physician-Scientist by Aimee S. Payne, Skip Brass, 16 October 2013. It takes a long time to become a physician-scientist, but once you've arrived the career is very rewarding.

A Graduate Course in Professional Development by Nana Lee, Reinhart Reithmeier, 01 October 2013. A new short course at the University of Toronto aims to help graduate students gain the skills they need to excel in a wide range of careers.

Beyond CVs and Impact Factors: An Employer's Manifesto by Sandra Schmid, 03 September 2013. There's a lot of talk about finding better ways to hire academic scientists—but one department is doing more than talk.

What to Expect From Your Advisers by Brenda A. Peculis, 07 August 2013. Graduate students need to take charge and build their own support networks.

Life at the Bottleneck by Ruth Müller, 26 October 2012. A social scientist discusses how career pressures affect how postdocs work and relate in the lab.

Embrace Flexible Work Arrangements by Nathalie Pettorelli, Liz Else, and Seirian Sumner, 12 October 2012. To achieve gender equality in science, shift men’s perceptions of what is professionally acceptable.

On Motivation by Jim Austin, 24 August 2012. The best way to motivate scientists is to engage them, encourage them, and stay out of their way.

Science Training and Mental Health by Micella Phoenix DeWhyse, 10 August 2012. In the wake of the Colorado shootings, the scientific community should pay more attention to the psychological well-being of emerging scientists.

Learning from Others' Mistakes by Evgeny A. Podolskiy, 29 June 2012. Online forums offer fellowship applicants opportunities to commiserate and learn from each other.

Real Data on Career Preferences by Michael Price, James Austin, 11 May 2012. When it comes to careers, graduate students in the sciences are flexible, a new study shows.

Troubled by Interdisciplinarity? by Stephanie Pfirman, Melissa Begg, 06 April 2012. If you choose an interdisciplinary research career, it's up to you to create a context in which you can succeed.

Preparing for a PUI Career by Rachel N. Austin, 02 March 2012. A chemistry professor at a top liberal arts college offers advice on preparing for jobs at colleges like hers.

Bridging Your Research into Public Health by Kee Chan, 17 February 2012. A public health researcher and former bench scientist offers advice on how to implement your science in the real world.

Questing for Blue Oceans by Javier Garcia-Martinez, 06 February 2012. A Spanish molecular nanotechnology researcher, TR35 Innovator of the Year, company founder, and policy adviser encourages early-career scientists to incite scientific revolutions.

STEM Jobs in a Bad Economy by Jim Austin, 25 November 2011. Recent reports on the scientific and technical workforce draw widely divergent conclusions from similar data.

An Auxiliary (Research) Engine by Dan Albert, 21 October 2011. To attain your goals, it's sometimes necessary to employ indirect means.

Stumbling Through History: Discovering Unsung African-American Chemists by Stephen Weininger and Leon Gortler, 14 January 2011. The two Knox brothers had distinguished careers in chemistry at a time when that was very difficult for African Americans.

Joining NSF's Culture of Communication by Ryan Hoover, 10 December 2010. A rhetoritician reports the results of his research on communicating with the National Science Foundation.

Reducing the Impact of Negative Stereotypes on the Careers of Minority and Women Scientists by Daisy Grewal, 26 November 2010. Research suggests that women and minority scientists can prevent negative stereotypes from impacting their careers.

Residency 101 for Physician-Scientists by Robin G. Lorenz, 26 November 2010. Future physician-scientists should ask three questions when choosing a residency: What field? What type of residency? Which program?

Put Integrity High on Your To-Do by Nicholas H. Steneck, 05 November 2010. For scientists, integrity is the sum of all the little decisions you make during the course of your career.

Top Ten Tips for Mentors by Phillip S. Clifford, Joan M. Lakoski, 08 October 2010. Being an effective mentor requires being a good listener, setting boundaries, providing support and criticism, and celebrating milestones.

The Successful Physician-Scientist of the 21st Century by Andrew I. Schafer, 28 May 2010. Physician-scientists must learn to thrive, despite a divided culture and rigid institutional structures.

Keep Working (Even if You Don't Get Paid) by Brooke Allen, 05 March 2010. When you're unemployed, it's essential to keep your skills and connections fresh. The best way to do that is to keep on working.

Audacity is Overrated by Eleftherios P. Diamandis, 19 February 2010. The "audacious" approach to science is not the best approach, especially for scientists in training.

Transitioning from Pet to Peer by Stephanie Pfirman, Caryn Block, Robin Bell, Loriann Roberson, Patricia Culligan, 29 January 2010. Diverse probationary faculty members may be celebrated at first but denied a fair chance to become tenured colleagues.

Sell Yourself -- Refining the Personal Statement by Brian Rybarczyk, 08 January 2010. A career adviser offers tips on writing a critical piece of your graduate school application.

Advice on Achieving Tenure by Cathy Ann Trower, 23 October 2009. An expert on tenure describes best practices for getting tenure.

Three Crucial Questions When Applying to M.D.-Ph.D. Programs by Skip Brass, 16 October 2009. Is an M.D.-Ph.D. program right for me? Where should I apply? Where should I go?

Top Ten Tips to Maximize Your Mentoring by Joan M. Lakoski, 14 August 2009. Cultivating and nurturing your mentoring relationships are essential, particularly in the complex landscape of clinical and translational research.

How to Succeed in Big Science and Still Get Tenure by Victoria McGovern, 31July 2009. To get tenure, you need to show that you, not a group that frequently includes you, deserve promotion.

Speed Networking for Scientists by Louise M. Holmes, 12 June 2009. Speed networking can be an effective way to promote new research collaborations.

Traversing the Bridge Years -- Advice for Future Physician-Scientists by Skip Brass, 15 May 2009. Crossing the bridge between clinical training and a research career requires careful, early, strategic thinking.

Problem Finding and the Multidisciplinary Mind by Linda Austin, 20 February 2009. Your choice of research problem may determine the course of your career, so choose carefully.

Ensuring the Retention of Women in Physician-Scientist Training by James M. Pauff and Misty C. Richards, 30 January 2009. More women than men drop out before completing M.D.-Ph.D. programs. Why?