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Is a Ph.D. Worth It Anymore? Cont'd

We’ve heard from many readers scrutinizing and outright disparaging the long and uncertain path toward a Ph.D. Here’s reader David with a more positive outlook:<p>Thanks to <i>The Atlantic</i> for several recent articles on this topic, and for the continued discussion in Notes. They really struck a nerve with …

The EU is pushing for Open Access on all publicly funded research

If science is meant for public benefit, then it stands to reason that it should exist in the public domain. That appears to be the line of logic …

It bears repeating: how scientists are addressing the 'reproducibility problem'

Recently a friend of mine on Facebook posted a link whose headline quoted a scientist saying “Most cancer research is largely a fraud.” The quote is …

How Should the U.S. Fund Research and Development?

The United States leads the world in dollars invested in furthering innovation. It won’t for long.<p><i>A&Q is a special series that inverts the classic Q&A, taking some of the most frequently posed solutions to pressing matters of policy and exploring their complexity.</i><p>In the summer of 2012, despite the …

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Readers respond to call to nurture workplace kindness

Great news, everybody! People seem in favor of kindness in the workplace.<p>In last week's column — a sort of meditation on why kindness isn't a central part of every company's culture — I asked for your feedback. And boy did you deliver.<p>I received dozens upon dozens of thoughtful emails, ranging from …

The search for a kinder workplace

I've spent the week with a head full of questions.<p>Why don't we apply more of what we know about human behavior to the workplace? Every aspect of work culture has been studied 5,000 times over — why isn't everything perfect? Should I have one more scoop of ice cream? (Of course I should.)<p>But the big …

Patients endangered as law is ignored

The popularity of ClinicalTrials.gov shows progress on lawmakers’ goal of a better-informed public. The site logs 207 million monthly page views and …

Seven Strategies for Regaining Your Focus in a Hectic Workplace

We talk a lot about time management, but for all our efforts to set aside time to tackle important projects, we miss overlooking one key thing: being …

10 Warning Signs Of A Micromanager, Part 1

A friend of mine was recently asked by HR to mentor a more junior manager at the company where she worked. After a few discussions with “Tom” (name changed) she came to me for some advice.<p>“I’m pretty sure the main problem is that he’s a micromanager, but I want to make sure that’s the real issue …

Northwestern Law Program Brings STEM And Law Together

Though engineers and scientists often have the spark and know-how turn ideas into viable technology, they often don’t have the legal or business …

Demoralisation in the ranks of researchers

I’d be hard-pressed to hazard a guess as to what stage of the academic scientific career is most harmed by the ongoing decline in support for scientific research in the US and other countries. Here in the US, postdoctoral fellows are certainly paying a heavy price, with very limited openings for …

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How Can We Encourage Participation in Clinical Trials?

Failed clinical trials come at a huge cost to their pharmaceutical sponsors. Many trial sites fail to enroll more than a single patient—up to 60% of oncology trials, according to Covance, for example. Yet they estimate it costs a sponsor $50,000 for a site start-up, with a loss of almost $2 billion …

Drugmakers And NIH Band Together To Speed Up Research

The National Institutes of Health is teaming up with major drug companies in a new effort to identify disease-related molecules and biological processes that could lead to future medicines.<p>The public-private partnership is called AMP, for the "Accelerating Medicines Partnership," and it will focus …

If You’re Not Helping People Develop, You’re Not Management Material

Skilled managers have never been more critical to the success of firms than they are today. Not because employees can’t function without direction, but because managers play a vital role in talent management. Gone are the comprehensive career management systems and expectations of long-term …

Former Iowa State researcher faked HIV vaccine findings: ORI

A former researcher at Iowa State University (ISU) faked results of experiments to make tests of a vaccine against HIV in animals look more powerful, …

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