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CREDIT: Hal Mayforth

In Person: My Boss With Stephen Hawking Disease
Rodica Stan, 11 January 2013
A protégé pays tribute to the humanity and resilience of immunologist Alan Houghton.

Rodica Stan and Alan Houghton

Rodica Stan and Alan Houghton

Courtesy of Rodica Stan

Courtesy of Rodica Stan
Rodica Stan and Alan Houghton

Surviving as a Postdoc
Charmaine Tam, 06 March 2013
Australian postdoc Charmaine Tam shares tips on how to make it through this early phase of a research career.

'IMPROV'ing My Communication Skills
Vicky Miller, 11 March 2013
Postdoc Vicky Miller writes that improvisation classes have made her a better scientist.

"We Are the World"
Jim Austin, 27 March 2013
Computer science veteran Ed Lazowska argues that his field is poised to dominate careers in the sciences.

Sniffing out Dermatemys
Jim Kling, 12 April 2013
With her border collie's help, a young scientist studies an endangered turtle and works to improve education in a Guatemalan village.

It's Not Always the Best and Brightest
David G. Jensen, 19 April 2013
To get hired, you have to get noticed.

CREDIT: Photo by Dan Koestler

CREDIT: Photo by Dan Koestler

From Swag to Riches
Adam Ruben, 26 April 2013
Our columnist offers tips and strategies to help you, dear reader, walk out of any exhibit hall loaded down with free corporate goods.

Michael Yaffe
Trisha Gura, 10 May 2013
The systems biologist and trauma surgeon talks about treating patients after the Boston Marathon bombings and about his career.

In Defense of Playing Around in the Lab
Adam Ruben, 24 May 2013
In science, sometimes, mistakes are not merely good, they're extraordinary.

A Shortcut to Better Grantsmanship
Michael Price, 04 June 2013
NIH's Early Career Reviewer program gives newly independent scientists a reviewer's perspective on what makes a grant worth funding.

Computer Scientists Get Wet
Vijaysree Venkatraman, 14 June 2013
By picking up the fundamentals of biology, computer scientists are contributing to the life sciences.

Changing Career Advice
David G. Jensen, 21 June 2013
As careers in science become more globalized and competitive, advice for job-seekers needs to keep up with the times.

Stephanie McGuire
Michael Price, 24 June 2013
Classical music and science have a lot in common, says the opera singer with a Ph.D. in psychoacoustics. She wants to help people from all backgrounds appreciate both.

Stephanie McGuire

Stephanie McGuire

CREDIT: Matthew Kim Photography

CREDIT: Matthew Kim Photography
Stephanie McGuire

Leading the Way for Scientists with Disabilities
Angela Lee Foreman, 01 July 2013
Learning to remain focused on her passions helped Angela Lee Foreman adapt to her hearing disability and find a rewarding career path.

Opportunities Come Through People
Philip S. Clifford, Bill Lindstaedt, Jennifer A. Hobin, Cynthia N. Fuhrmann, 16 July 2013
The goal of networking is to form and strengthen the relationships that are essential to the optimal conduct of science.

Unprecedented Uncertainty for Young Spanish Scientists
Elisabeth Pain, 19 July 2013
The difficult financial situation at the largest research institution in Spain is bringing more delays and uncertainty to early-career scientists.

A Changing Climate of Communication
Eli Kintisch, 02 August 2013
At a Colorado confab, geoscientists explore a question with important career implications: Has outreach become part of the climate scientist's job?

CREDIT: National Park Service

CREDIT: National Park Service

The Life Scientist Bubble
Victoria Doronina, 28 August 2013
"It's hard to see how a system in which the innovators are commodified can long survive," writes a long-term postdoc in the life sciences.

After the LHC, the Deluge
Adrian Cho, 29 August 2013
The hundreds of grad students and postdocs working on the world's largest atom smasher are competing for a handful of jobs.

Courtesy, LHC

Courtesy of LHC

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

"Impostors" Downshift Career Goals
Michael Price, 04 September 2013
Grad students with impostor syndrome are more likely than others to abandon research careers. Superstar mentors may make things worse.

Can I Get a Ph.D. in Collaboration?
Jenna M. Shapiro, 11 September 2013
Science needs scientists who occupy the spaces between fields, to complement and bring together disciplinary experts.

Leadership Tips for Women
Elisabeth Pain, 17 September 2013
Participants in EMBO's first management course for women share the lessons they learned.

Funding Cuts Ravage Academic Laboratories
Michael Price, 26 September 2013
Science funding cuts are piling up and causing layoffs; will tenure-track faculty be next?

Your Data, Warts and All
Elisabeth Pain, 04 October 2013
Early-career scientists need to balance career imperatives against the need for complete and transparent reporting.

François L. Mayer, 09 October 2013
An unorthodox teacher—of German literature—inspired François Mayer to pursue a career in science.

Caught Up in Publishing
Anand Krishnan, 23 October 2013
We need to find new policies and incentives that return science to a hunt for scientific truth and not for publications.

CREDIT: Suneel Madhekar, distributed under a CC BY-SA 2.0, Flickr

CREDIT: Suneel Madhekar, CC BY-SA 2.0, Flickr

Part 1: In India, Abundant Opportunities
G.B.S.N.P. Varma, 28 October 2013
India's academic job market is vibrant for Indian nationals returning from training abroad.

Attention Must Be Paid
Beryl Lieff Benderly, 31 October 2013
As the tenure track shrinks, more and more teaching—including in STEM fields—is done by "off-track," low-paid, contingent faculty.

Kelly Krause, AAAS

CREDIT: Kelly Krause, AAAS

Why I Do Science
Sushil Devkota, 11 November 2013
The euphoria of discovery and the knowledge that your discoveries may help someone provide sufficient motivation to keep pushing forward.

Science as a Verb
Maria Fadri-Moskwik, 18 November 2013
At the moment Maria Fadri-Moskwik decided to become a scientist, she was strapped to a human hamster wheel.

A Career as a College Science Teacher
Vijaysree Venkatraman, 19 November 2013
Yes, it is possible to have a satisfying career focused mainly on college teaching.

A Perfect Time for Babies
Jacquiline Romero, 25 November 2013
Jacquiline Romero, who is now a postdoc, says that graduate school is the best time for an aspiring scientist to have a baby.

Jacquiline Romero with her husband, Rumelo Amor and her son, Narra Amor.

Jacquiline Romero with her husband, Rumelo Amor and her son, Narra Amor.

Courtesy of Jacquiline Romero

Courtesy of Jacquiline Romero
Jacquiline Romero with her husband, Rumelo Amor and her son, Narra Amor.

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

What Makes a Competitive Faculty Application Package?
Fatma Kaplan, 10 December 2013
After applying unsuccessfully for nearly 150 faculty jobs, Fatma Kaplan concludes that what she really needs is a federal research grant.

Courtesy of the Princeton in Africa Fellowship program.

Courtesy of the Princeton in Africa Fellowship program.

Mind the Gap Year
Trisha Gura, 13 December 2013
Students who take time off between college and graduate or professional school often have adventures and do useful things.

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

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