How do you define a postdoc? What is the purpose of the postdoctoral position? What do postdocs need to prepare for their professional careers, especially in a non-academic area? How should postdocs be compensated? These are the types of questions that led to the formation of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). The NPA was established…Details
There is a certain smell in the air on Capitol Hill these days. While spring break tourists might credit the tulips and cherry blossoms in bloom all over the grounds of the Capitol, science policy advocates are sniffing the sweet smell of renewed support for the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Or is it…Details
Side Effect of the Academic Crisis or Effect of Globalization? An International Brain Drain in the United States?
There’s a well-documented and discussed crisis in the biomedical enterprise in the United States. The average age of basic biomedical researchers receiving their first NIH R01 is 42. In the midst of this, the incentive for universities and research institutions to try to keep their graduate students and postdocs longer in their labs, with very…Details
is election time at ASCB!
Every year a new President-Elect and four new Council members are elected. Together with the past and current president, secretary and treasurer (each elected once every three years), and eight incumbent Council members (each with three year terms), their decisions will have an impact on your society’s future.Details
It shouldn’t be news to anyone in the biological research community that in the United States the so-called scientific workforce “pipeline” is threatening to burst. There are far too many students going in at one end and far too few outlets where they can emerge as independent researchers after completing a postdoc. At ASCB, nothing…Details
Be bold. Be insightful. Be wise. NIH wants your thoughts on the impact and sustainability of the biomedical research enterprise. Specifically, NIH wants comments in these areas: Key issues that currently limit the impact of NIH’s funding for biomedical research and challenge the sustainability of the biomedical research enterprise. Ideas about adjusting current funding policies…Details
At NIH, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is shaking things up. In its just published 5-Year Plan NIGMS is promising funding mechanisms that support scientists rather than specific projects while developing a skilled and diverse research workforce, trained for a range of career options. NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch writes that he…Details
Graduate school is an experience that has no handbook or manual. Most graduate students’ sojourn through this unique period in their lives is filled with trial and error. It’s essentially a do-it-yourself program that most students figure out as they go along. The scientific experiments and decisions related to progress of a thesis project are…Details