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How to be heard: scientists in policymaking
Feb. 09, 2017

Some practical advice for scientists entering the policymaking world.

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U.S. diversity program expanded
Nov. 10, 2016

Funding to address recruitment, retention barriers.

Stereotypes shape gender imbalance
Nov. 03, 2016

Scientific disciplines with a “masculine culture” can deter women.

UK drug development outsourced
Oct. 27, 2016

Contract work overseas takes its place.

What is informational interviewing?
Oct. 20, 2016

Why everyone should use them in a job search.

Be your own boss
Oct. 13, 2016

Pursue your research on your own terms.

Medicine Nobel for autophagy
Oct. 06, 2016

Cell’s clean-up machinery crucial to human health.

Salaries in science
Sep. 29, 2016

How do you stack up to your peers?

More U.S. graduate students win right to unionize
Sep. 22, 2016

Graduate students at private universities now eligible. 

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Learning from failure
Sep. 15, 2016

Failure has a critical role in research.

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Lab rat by day…
Sep. 08, 2016

… while exploring other careers can help find your passion.

Avoiding cultural gaffes
Sep. 01, 2016

Learn local customs before traveling abroad. 

Multiple working hypotheses
Aug. 25, 2016

A method to keeping your mind open to new ideas.

Russia to cut 10k researchers
Aug. 18, 2016

Layoffs part of government plan to merge research institutes.

How to make a great poster
Aug. 11, 2016

A visually appealing poster can jump start conversations – and connections.

Changes suggested to UK research audit
Aug. 04, 2016

Tweaks could alter academic hiring, public engagement.

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Journal overload
Jul. 28, 2016

Ideas on how to keep up with new research.

Greece to found first science agency
Jul. 21, 2016

Funding opportunities aimed at stopping brain drain.

Germany to fund tenure-track posts
Jul. 14, 2016

1,000 new professorships beginning in 2017.

Quest for the holy grant
Jul. 07, 2016

Grant-seeking ideas and resources beyond the Funding Guide.

Career paths are never straight
Jun. 30, 2016

A new professor urges students not to fear bends in theroad.

What has the EU done for science?
Jun. 23, 2016

Nature reviews five core contributions.

Success rate for NIH 'virtual A2s'
Jun. 16, 2016

A deep dive on resubmitted grant success rates.

Illustrations can add impact
Jun. 09, 2016

"A really good image... will fly a lot farther than just words."

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Jun. 02, 2016

An uncommon and competitive combination of experience.

U.S. postdocs to see big pay increase
May. 26, 2016

Minimum postdoc pay bumped to $47,476 starting Dec. 1.

Brazil's science ministry demoted, funding slashed
May. 19, 2016

Science lumped with telecommunications, budget cut more than 30%.

Proposed Italian research center causes backlash
May. 12, 2016

Lack of transparency draws criticism.

Networking tips
May. 05, 2016

How to benefit yourself and others.

Canadian scientists unmuzzled
Apr. 28, 2016

New administration removes nine-year restrictions on scientist-press communications.

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Career development tools can work…
Apr. 21, 2016

… as launching pads, not endpoints.

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What size lab is best?
Apr. 14, 2016

Data on balancing productivity, quality, cost.

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What does the face of U.S. innovation look like?
Apr. 07, 2016

Don't think Bill Gates.

Don’t underestimate the value of industry
Mar. 31, 2016

A PhD can go far in the business world.

NSF edits grant titles
Mar. 24, 2016

Increased clarity minimizes Congressional critics.

China to boost R&D spending
Mar. 17, 2016

Next 5-year plan to push innovation.

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Does peer review take too long?
Mar. 10, 2016

Median review time remains ~100 days.


Information made beautiful
Mar. 03, 2016

The 2016 National Science Foundation Vizzies!

Getting your foot in the door at NIH is hard...
Feb. 25, 2016

... but worth it once you're there.

How quality control could save your science
Feb. 18, 2016

How does your lab stack up?

Help for imposters
Feb. 11, 2016

"Comparisons won't make you happy, so don't do it."

Paper writing guidelines
Feb. 04, 2016

General rules from first draft to submission.

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Singapore boosts science spending
Jan. 28, 2016

Next five-year plan includes bump to R&D spending.

The best support an adviser can give
Jan. 21, 2016

A former graduate student thanks his adviser.

Answer this: What is sound?
Jan. 14, 2016

This year's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Flame Challenge question.

When do scientists submit their grants?
Jan. 06, 2016

The pattern holds for ARVO Abstracts.

NIH: Considering Sex as a Relevant Biological Variable
Dec. 31, 2015

NIH clarifies its new policy.

U.S. science-funding agencies see boost in funding
Dec. 24, 2015

NIH, NSF and others get big raise for 2016.

Spain announces new central funding agency
Dec. 17, 2015

New State Research Agency could begin grantmaking in 2017.

California postdocs win new rights
Dec. 10, 2015

Deal allows career-development activities on paid time.

Beautiful biomedical images win contest
Dec. 03, 2015

Stunning biomedical images help share beauty of research.

Russian scientists replace banned nonprofits
Nov. 25, 2015

Government regulations forced closure of several private funders.

Chilean scientists protest for funding
Nov. 19, 2015

“If we don't do science today, we will keep exporting sticks and rocks.”

New EU science advisory panel
Nov. 12, 2015

Seven researchers to provide independent advice.

Stunning lunar images sell STEM
Nov. 05, 2015

NASA shares high-definition images from the lunar landings.

Conference karaoke and networking
Oct. 29, 2015

Dos and don’ts for conference etiquette.

New Canadian government promises more science
Oct. 22, 2015

Liberal party says it will restore support for basic research.

“Ten hundred” most common words for science
Oct. 15, 2015

Can you explain your science using only the thousand most common English-language words?

Nobel Prizes as outreach tools
Oct. 08, 2015

Using prestige to excite the public about important and complex science.

Associated Press chooses new climate-related phrases
Sep. 25, 2015

Effort highlights importance of word choice.

2015 Ig Nobels awarded
Sep. 17, 2015

Research that makes you laugh, then think.

African science-funding alliance seeded
Sep. 10, 2015

New organization allows African researchers to set own priorities.

Brazil cuts science funding by 25%
Sep. 03, 2015

Collapse in royalties from oil sales forces dramatic cuts.

Papers with shorter titles get more citations
Aug. 21, 2015

Keep readers’ attention – keep it simple.

Winning answers to “what is sleep?” announced
Aug. 14, 2015

 2016 Flame Challenge awards best text, video submissions. 

Japanese promote better communication to boost impact
Aug. 07, 2015

Government spends significantly to boost universities' reputations. 

FASEB BioArt competition live
Jul. 24, 2015

Show off your most stunning biomedical images and videos by August 31.

Wiesel and Hubel honored with Golden Goose
Jul. 17, 2015

Award highlights impact of serendipity and strange-sounding science.

NatureJobs journalism competition
Jul. 10, 2015

Win a chance to have your writing published on the NatureJobs blog.

When research goes viral
Jul. 03, 2015

A little science communication preparation goes a long way.

Additional NIH funding clears first hurdle
Jun. 03, 2015

Bipartisan bill approved in House committee.

Nobel laureates defend animal research
May. 29, 2015

Group urges European Commission to ignore citizens’ initiative.

Japan launches NIH-inspired agency
May. 22, 2015

$1.2 billion agency to support bench to beside transition.

How uveitis entered the mainstream media
May. 08, 2015

A compelling story can make any science approachable.

NEI explains Audacious Goals to public in video
May. 01, 2015

Great animations aid discussion of complex science.

Canadian budget focuses on applied research
Apr. 24, 2015

At the expense of basic science.


Resources for new NIH biosketch
Apr. 10, 2015

 Get help building the new NIH biosketch, required for all applications starting May 25, 2015.

Lab-to-startup boot camp
Apr. 02, 2015

Painful yet important lessons in translating science into products.

NCI offers new staff scientist grant
Mar. 27, 2015

New K05 award could cover 100% of salary for permanent staff like lab scientist, core facility manager.

Australian government releases hostage
Mar. 19, 2015

Science funding threatened unless education reform passed.

Talking to layman audience? Improvise!
Mar. 12, 2015

Simple acting lessons go a long way toward making your science approachable to others.

Are scientific facts enough to change minds?
Mar. 05, 2015

How doctors share information is just as important as what they share.

Science prize awarded for excellent writing and research
Feb. 26, 2015

Research explained in this technical yet story-driven essay earns a postdoc $25,000.

Nature journals offer double-blind review
Feb. 19, 2015

Authors can request their names, affiliations hidden from reviewers.

NIGMS limits PIs with unrestricted research support
Feb. 12, 2015

Investigators with > $400k in unrestricted support will have limited eligibility for R01, R35 grants.

Storytelling improves science – and scientists
Feb. 05, 2015

Get more out of your audience (and yourself) using simple stories.

Opportunities for training, awards in science communication
Jan. 30, 2015

Learn how to better communicate your research, or show off your skills, through these opportunities.

Tips for preparing a clear, effective CV
Jan. 23, 2015

Increase your chance of getting a job interview by following these steps.

Europe to cut science funding
Jan. 16, 2015

Legislation proposes to take funds from Horizon 2020 for economic stimulus.

NIH sees bump in success rate in 2014
Jan. 07, 2015

Number of awards, grant size increases as well.

NAS proposes significant changes to postdoc training, salary
Dec. 30, 2014

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences proposes five-year limit on appointments, minimum salary of $50,000.

R&D sees small increase in U.S. 2015 budget deal
Dec. 18, 2014

NSF sees 2.5% ($125M) increase, NIH only 0.5% ($150M).

Alan Alda Flame Challenge: What is sleep?
Dec. 10, 2014

Can you describe what sleep is to 11-year olds? Winners get a free trip to New York City and a $1,000 cash prize.

U.S. immigration action impacts research community
Dec. 02, 2014

Individuals studying at U.S. universities on a student visa may be able to work full time; spouses of H-1B visa holders to gain ability to work.

Stunning biomedical images convey beauty of science
Nov. 20, 2014

For these contest winners, pictures communicate better than 1000 words.

Federally-funded research yields golden eggs
Nov. 11, 2014

Basic research can produce unexpected results. The Golden Goose Awards highlight obscure studies that contributed to major breakthroughs and significant societal impact.

Indian science trainees see big hike in stipends
Nov. 04, 2014

Starting in October, Indian graduate students and postdocs saw a 60% increase in their stipends. The bump in pay came after months of protests.

The Scientist October issue focuses on vision research
Oct. 29, 2014

Not all “outreach” is to the general public. Here, The Scientist magazine presents the nitty-gritty details of vision research to a broader (but still scientifically-trained) audience.

Science blogging for dummies
Oct. 16, 2014

Looking to share your research outside of academic papers, posters and presentations? Check out these tips to help you become a better science blogger.

Australian science struggles under budget cuts
Oct. 10, 2014

Lack of funds reduces grant success rate to ~20% and forces layoffs.

2014 Ig Nobels awarded
Oct. 02, 2014

The Ig Nobels highlight research that first makes you laugh, but then makes you think. Can humor help spread your research?

Continuing resolution funds U.S. government until December
Sep. 19, 2014

The bill eliminates the threat of another government shutdown, but cuts NEI funding by approximately one R01 grant to support a response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Lab skills: no longer enough?
Sep. 03, 2014

An editorial in Nature highlights the thin pipeline of academic jobs, and the growing need to expand training opportunities available to graduate students and postdocs. See other links therein.

Don't be afraid to engage
Aug. 24, 2014

Accompanying her professor, a graduate student working with human embryonic stems cells talks with people protesting against her research, and learns the value of clear communication.