Is your digital footprint hampering your job search?


A digital footprint is the data trail left by daily interactions in a digital environment: Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat and countless others. With so many social-networking sites at our fingertips, it is easy to forget who can view our posts and how long those posts can last.

Understanding faculty salaries


The transition from senior postdoctoral fellow to assistant professor is accompanied by one of the most dramatic percentage increases in salary and benefits that many academic scientists ever experience. Compensation is not only greater for faculty members but also softer, more variable and more nuanced than postdoctoral compensation in terms of long-term commitments. Much information on faculty salary and benefits packages is available from university websites. Other information is opaque. Here, we’ll try to shed some light on faculty compensation.

Getting the most out of your student-adviser relationship


Excerpt: "When I first started my Ph.D., I found myself unprepared for meetings, unsure of what to talk about, and I was nervous that I wasn’t going to answer all his questions correctly. For some reason, I was worried that I would fail some imaginary test and be a huge disappointment. Our meetings were sporadic and usually occurred only when I was really struggling with an experiment. ... Here are some rules of thumb for getting the most out of your relationship with your adviser."

STEM women of color: What’s their story?


A number of organizations, conferences and reports are working to elucidate and increase awareness of the unique challenges for scientists at this intersection of race and gender and also to provide appropriate resources and solutions for those needs. This article does not intend to catalog exhaustively all of the recent progress in the community but rather to draw awareness to selected activities and resources occurring at a national scale.

On the horizon for the Lipid Research Division


With new leadership comes new plans. These initiatives, while ambitious, are aimed at strengthening both our community and our voice within the larger scientific community. To this end, an executive committee will be formed to manage the LRD and to formulate strategies pointed at addressing critical areas.

The Enlightenment Party


Anyone who passed by Guerilla Science’s Enlightenment Party in San Francisco this past September would have had reason to look more than once: Costumed revelers stood sipping drinks served by peasants while a five-foot rat slunk seamlessly among them. The rat and dirty peasants were not just your garden-variety instances of city squalor but silent plague carriers.

A belated love letter to my first-grade science teacher


Excerpt: "You charged onward when one-third of the class was picking their noses and the girls were busy combing each other’s hair. You knew sooner or later you would corral our attention, because you had a magic show in store for us."

10 New Year’s resolutions scientists (probably) won’t keep


Every year, people make New Year’s resolutions that they are sure to break by the time February rolls around. In fact, it’s been reported that fewer than 10 percent of New Year’s resolutions actually last. And every year scientists make resolutions that are more than likely to fail. Here is a list of the top 10 doomed New Year’s resolution.

The 10 most-read online articles in 2013


 

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