NextGen VOICES survey: Is the idea of the postdoc position obsolete in today's scientific landscape? Monday, April 13, 2015 Don’t miss the new NextGen survey, specifically on postdocs! Is the idea of the postdoc position obsolete in today's scientific landscape? If so, what should replace it? If not, what one change would you make to improve it? A selection of the best responses will be published in the 3 July 2015 issue of Science. Please submit your response by 15 May. The 'bossy brilliance' of science Driving Force April 10, 2015 A half-century ago, the renowned social anthropologist Margaret Mead wrote: Take our Science Careers annual top employers survey Take our Science Careers annual top employers survey Tuesday, April 7, 2015 In the past few weeks we sent you an invitation to participate in this survey designed to identify the best employers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Over 3,000 individuals have already participated. But frankly, the more respondents, the more meaningful the results can be for you. And you can help by completing our survey. When scientists have to pay out of pocket to do their jobs When scientists have to pay out of pocket to do their jobs Driving Force April 6, 2015 Recent discussions on Twitter and science blogs show that scientists often pay for necessary professional expenses with their own money. This unfortunate expectation hurts students and weakens the pool of potential scientists by weeding out those with fewer resources.     Sharpen Your Grantsmanship Skills Sharpen Your Grantsmanship Skills Podcast January 00, 1970 Let’s face it, if you’re a PI juggling teaching and research, among various other duties, submitting grant proposals can feel like a burdensome, daunting imposition on your time. But it doesn’t have to be! Available on-demand starting Tuesday, April 28 at 9 a.m. EDT, this 75-minute discussion on grantsmanship will have you working smarter, not harder. How to map your career choices How to map your career choices Driving Force March 5, 2015 These days, it can be very anxiety-inducing to face the job market, either inside or outside of academia. As STEM professionals, we have a decided advantage in proceeding through what can seem like muddy waters because of our well-honed analytical skills.  However, we often do not transfer our training to those less well-quantifiable fields, such as job hunting. I’d like to offer a few graph-based methodologies to help with some of the grayer areas—weighing the risks and rewards associated with various career paths. Untethering science careers from the research frontier Untethering science careers from the research frontier Driving Force March 4, 2015 When seeking guidance on graduate education as preparation for careers in science, there is an awful lot to take into account—both theoretically and empirically. Consulting: Put Your Expertise to Work for You Podcast January 00, 1970 Consulting is a popular alternative career for STEM professionals at any stage of their career. If you think you have what it takes to be a consultant but aren’t completely sure it’s for you and/or how to go about it, then watch this webinar. STEM mentors face difficulties in directing students toward uneven playing fields Driving Force February 10, 2015 Parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors direct talent. They steer students toward certain pursuits, and by omission, ignorance or choice, away from others. This makes sense, but sometimes ... nonsense. The problem is that students are moving targets. They mature at different rates, change interests, and are influenced by the social and mass media. For every high school athlete shooting for the NBA or NFL, or "American Idol" contestant shooting for recording fame, a minuscule fraction achieve that particular dream.   Are academies destined to be participatory or exclusionary pools? Driving Force February 2, 2015 It's the season for movie awards. Diversity, or the lack thereof in the Oscar nominations, has made headlines yet again. There are no persons of color in 20 acting categories. Coincidence? A statistical anomaly? Regardless, questions are being raised, and they are not unrelated to the issue of recognition in science.