Chasing unicorns: How do we define productivity?


As funding agencies work to quantify the productivity of researchers, Peter Kennelly proposes giving professors a percentage of credit for papers written by their students and trainees.

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Commercial beneficiaries should share costs


Michael Malamy suggests the Australian “wool tax” as a model for getting businesses that reap the benefits of scientific research to pay their portion.

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Two funding proposals


Michael Stallcup suggests more stringent limits on the percentage of salaries from federal sources and new study sections at the NIH.

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Professional development: Tweeting for rules


When neuroscientist and newly minted PI Roy Salomon decided his lab needed a code of conduct, he turned to Twitter for guidance. Here’s what he found.

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Perspectives for the future


In the final installment of her three-part series, Suzanne Barbour asks five African-American men studying and working in the molecular biosciences to provide words of wisdom for those who would follow in their footsteps.

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