Careers at the intersection of science, law and business Exploring Careers at the Intersection of Science, Law & Business Podcast January 00, 1970 Do you have strong analytical skills and an understanding of complex technologies and their applications? Are you interested in a career that doesn’t limit you to working in a research lab? Then this webinar is for you! Study shows sexual harassment and assault rampant in field science Driving Force October 28, 2014 A recent study reports that scientists frequently experience sexual harassment and assault while conducting fieldwork. This study raises important questions about how to best promote safe fieldwork experiences for scientists—particularly trainees. The diversity disconnect in Silicon Valley Driving Force October 16, 2014 The saga of “Silicon Valley ‘gets religion’ on diversifying the tech workforce” continues to be jolted by stories in USA Today and other commentary, including that in this column. The latest discussion in USA Today of hiring practices by companies like Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo discloses yet another facet of workforce composition. Why do elite life science labs run by men have fewer female trainees? Driving Force September 29, 2014 Women now earn more than half the Ph.D.s awarded in the life sciences but hold only 18 percent of full professorships in these fields. A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that one potential cause for this disparity is that female graduate students and postdocs are underrepresented in top labs. This underrepresentation is problematic, as top labs are the primary feeders to faculty positions. Transitioning from Lab to Management Podcast January 00, 1970 Working in a lab can be one of the most fulfilling opportunities for researchers. But are you ready for a new challenge? Then consider a role in project management or university administration and develop your skills in fulfilling new directions. Watch this webinar and get an exclusive look at how to make a successful career transition from the lab to management. Creating a culture of safety in the lab Creating a culture of safety in the lab Driving Force August 15, 2014 In recent months we’ve learned that samples of living smallpox virus were abandoned in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) storage room, that dozens of employees at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were potentially exposed to a poorly handled shipment of anthrax, that a CDC lab accidentally contaminated a flu sample with the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain, and that a chemistry professor was fined $10,000 (and 800 hours of community service) for failing to properly supervise a research assistant who died in his lab. Members of the public may have been horrified about these cases, but academic scientists were likely less surprised. This is because many labs have an “insufficient culture of safety,” according to CDC Director Thomas Frieden. How can labs better foster a culture of safety? Tech diversity:  Where analysis meets advocacy Tech diversity: Where analysis meets advocacy Driving Force August 18, 2014 The reports from Silicon Valley—eBay this time—of a workforce in which blacks and Hispanics are grossly underrepresented continues to tell a story of how the tech industry has evolved a workforce that sure doesn’t look like America. Affirmative action: Class, race, place and the future of STEM Driving Force August 5, 2014 Time to take stock. Since the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the use of race in college admissions in Fisher v. University of Texas, what are the prospects that race-conscious affirmative action will prevail in higher education? Lifting the curtain on graduate admissions Driving Force July 29, 2014 Among the mysteries preserved by American universities is the process of review and selection of candidates for admission to graduate programs. A new study of how this process unfolds in 12 fields (including three STEM disciplines) within three highly-competitive research universities affords us a rare glimpse of—and raises red flags about—faculty committee dynamics in the interpretation of evaluative criteria. Bluntly put, two stages of review yield two categories of candidates, systematically disadvantaging one. Grant opportunity for early-career women in chemical sciences Tuesday, July 1, 2014 The objective of the Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences, is to kick-start the research career of promising future senior investigators. The Marion Milligan Mason Fund will provide three grants of $50,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences. Awards are for women who are starting their academic research careers. In addition to research funding, the program will provide leadership development and mentoring opportunities.