All posts tagged with careers

Self-citation quantified

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I always feel a little bit bad when I have to cite my own prior work for a new research paper. As scientists develop career trajectories, self-citation becom...

Link: When should academic scientists retire?

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The Scientist has a nice piece by Katarina Zimmer on the idea of mandatory retirement ages for academic scientists: “Is Mandatory Retirement the Answer to an...

Link: Science blogs back!

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Nature this week has a nice feature article on blogging in science, by Eryn Brown and Chris Woolston: “Why science blogging still matters”.

Link: Blogging and careers

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This is a nice piece in ChronicleVitae by Terry McGlynn: “Why Blogging Is Still Good for Your Career”.

Quote: Leyser on research portfolios

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Ottoline Leyser, “chairwoman of the Royal Society Science Policy Advisory Group,” has published a brief essay on science assessment in the U.K.: “No research...

Link: Why astro/physics isn’t fun anymore

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Chanda Prescod-Weinstein has written an evocative essay about her experience becoming a physicist, and the daily frustrations and challenges of being differe...

Fear and the impact factor

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Mark Johnston, editor-in-chief of the journal, Genetics, recently published an editorial decrying scientists’ reliance on “impact factor” of journals to make...

Public engagement and science productivity

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I was pointed yesterday to a paper by Pablo Jensen and colleagues on the relationship between outreach activity and academic productivity Jensen:engage:2008:

Do citation indices count in tenure review?

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Amy Brand comments on journal citation metrics and tenure and promotion, from the viewpoint of a university administrator Brand:appointments:2013. The piece ...

The stress-free professoriate

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I have to drive some more traffic to this post on Forbes’ website (“The least stressful jobs of 2013”), because it has me laughing out loud. Number one on th...

"Productively stupid"

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I was passed an essay today from 2008, by Martin Schwartz in the Journal of Cell Science: “The importance of stupidity in scientific research” Schwartz:stupi...

Working in anthropology

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Mark Dawson’s story, “Why I chose not to get a PhD”, has been online for a few months and is well worth reading for prospective anthropology students.

Faculty salaries

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The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on faculty salaries in a fascinating way: “Interactive Table: Average Faculty Salaries, 201112”. This is good infor...

Job marketing yourself

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Some job interview advice from Karen Kelsky: “The ‘Be Yourself’ Myth”.

#IamScience trending

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I want to point to this powerful personal story by marine biologist and friend Kevin Zelnio: “#IamScience: Embracing Personal Experience on Our Rise Through ...

Interviewing with good humor

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Michael E. Smith’s post, “War stories from academic job interviews” is too good not to share. He describes several of his job interview experiences, with cha...

Paying for advice on the job market

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Must read: former anthropologist Karen Kelsky’s article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (To Professors; Re: Your Advisees). Kelsky chucked her career in...

Sign your stuff

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From science illustrator Kalliopi Monoyios: “3 Marketing Mistakes Young Illustrators Make”. Important: sign your work.

Blogging for scholars

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Stephen T. Casper writes on “Why academics should blog”, with an interesting historical perspective. Once upon a time, faculty clubs, dining facilities and p...

Social media in science

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Last month, Virginia Gewin put an article in Nature about social media and science, which is now available online for free: “Social media: Self-reflection, o...

Tenure for Wikipedia

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The Wikimedia Foundation reported last week on a professor at Auburn University, Montgomery, who included his Wikipedia editing history in his tenure packet:

Moving out of academia

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Kathy Weston describes in Science Careers how she came to leave her position as a research scientist in Britain: “Falling Off the Ladder: How Not to Succeed ...

Anthropology graduate program rankings

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The National Research Council (NRC) released its “rankings” of graduate programs in U.S. universities this week. I say “rankings” because they didn’t actuall...

Careers in anthropology

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The Guardian has a helpful entry in its series on careers: “What to do with a degree in anthropology.”

Jobs in American science

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From Beryl Lieff Benderly in Scientific American’s online content: “Does the U.S. Produce Too Many Scientists?”

So you want to be a paleontologist?

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The “Careers” section of Science is running a profile of two young scientists working in field paleontology, Faysal Bibi and Jean-Renaud Boisserie. It’s a lo...

Forensic science jobs

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I just got a spam e-mail, trying to sell online degrees “in these challenging economic times”. They have a bunch of professions and projected numbers of jobs...

Graduate students and blogging

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I’ve received a tremendous response to my essay earlier this week, the first part of my series on blogging and tenure. I wanted to thank everyone for their c...

Cut-throat altruism in the job market

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Imagine you are on the search committee for a department of anthropology conducting a search for an assistant professor. Now, imagine that you discover that...

About those Benjamins…

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Eye on DNA's Hsien-Hsien Lei has her eye on salary data from genetics firms: