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Too few universities for America's young scientists
NPR
Imagine a job where about half of all the work is being done by people who are in training. That's, in fact, what happens in the world of biological and medical research. In the United States, more than 40,000 temporary employees known as postdoctoral research fellows are doing science at a bargain price. And most postdocs are being trained for jobs that don't actually exist.
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What's wrong with American grad schools, in 3 charts
Fortune
The Council of Graduate Schools and Graduate Record Examinations Board recently released a joint survey that assesses the state of graduate school education in the United States and the top line figures are encouraging: more people sought advanced degrees this year than last year. Applications to U.S. graduate schools were up 1 percent and first-time graduate enrollment increased by the same amount, as 459,000 people enrolled in graduate certificate, education specialist, master’s, or doctoral programs as first-time students in the fall of 2013. But if you look closely at who is enrolling in graduate programs and what they’re studying, you’ll find a few causes for concern.
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US genomics lead being lost to China
Chemistry World
Leaders from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have sent a clear warning that America is losing its pre-eminence in genomics. Alarm bells were sounded when Francis Collins, who led the Human Genome Project and currently serves as the NIH’s director, testified before Congress on 10 September that the US is now significantly lagging behind China in the field. "The United States led the Human Genome Project and from that derived great benefit — the return on that investment was 178 to one in terms of economic growth," Collins told a House energy and commerce committee roundtable.
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4 ways leaders can avoid crises of NFL proportions
Forbes
The ongoing National Football League (NFL) scandals surrounding the allegations of players involved in domestic violence and child abuse incidences have escalated conversations around ethics, the power of money, celebrity and entitlement. Discussions around effective leadership and what it means to “do the right thing” have also resurfaced amidst the self-serving decision-making and poorly executed crisis management from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, team owners and general managers. Everyone involved in the mismanagement of this scandal — one that technically never should have happened to begin with — has been exposed.
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Boosting Hispanic share of tech workforce could be key to closing STEM gap
Nextgov
The demand for jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math is growing and those areas are projected to add as many as 1 million jobs by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Connecting young Hispanics, one of the fastest-growing demographic groups in America, to those jobs is critical to the success of America's role as a leading innovator — and also to the success of the economy.
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The women who STEM-ed their way to power
Fortune
One strong trend the entire editorial team overseeing Fortune's "Most Powerful Women" list has noticed over the years is the shift in industry makeup of those at the very top of the list. When Fortune first started the list, the top ranks were consistently held by women in creative fields, like advertising, media and publishing. In 1999 — the second year Fortune published its MPW list — Carly Fiorina, then CEO of Hewlett-Packard, was the lone woman CEO in the male-dominated tech sector. Cut to this year’s list: The women at the top of the list run the bluest of blue chip firms, the biggest industrial and technology giants, and some of the largest companies in the Fortune 500. Cut to this year’s list: The women at the top of the list run the bluest of blue chip firms, the biggest industrial and technology giants, and some of the largest companies in the Fortune 500.
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Inspiration comes naturally
Nature
Natural products and their derivatives have long been, and remain, a significant source of pharmaceuticals. Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) has been sold as a drug since 1899, but the pain-relieving effects of plant extracts now known to contain salicylic acid have been appreciated since antiquity. The same natural properties are found in cancer drugs such as paclitaxel and eribulin. As noted in an earlier editorial, however, the prevalence of drugs derived from natural products is “more to do with nature's ability to produce such an enormous and diverse range of structures than any grand plan to provide a cure for each and every disease."
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3 myths plus a few best practices for achieving diversity
Scientific American
Every time Victoria Plaut speaks with an audience about diversity, she gets the same question: How do we do it? All of her audiences — schools, academic departments, businesses, health care organizations and law firms — seem mystified. They want the secret recipe or a foolproof checklist. They hope Plaut will say, “Follow these simple steps, and you will have diversity and inclusion.” So let's begin with this disclaimer: A simple, foolproof method for ensuring that a group is well represented across racial, ethnic, socioeconomic or gender lines does not exist.
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