2020 in Scientists’ Own Words
2020 in Scientists’ Own Words
The world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but researchers rose to all manner of challenges.
2020 in Scientists’ Own Words
2020 in Scientists’ Own Words

The world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but researchers rose to all manner of challenges.

The world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but researchers rose to all manner of challenges.

higher education
The Pandemic Continues to Put a Damper on Faculty Hiring
The Pandemic Continues to Put a Damper on Faculty Hiring
Abby Olena | Oct 5, 2020
As the hiring season gets underway, academic listings are still way down from last year, but there are signs of the job market picking back up.
U of Illinois Returns to School with 20,000 Saliva Tests Per Day
U of Illinois Returns to School with 20,000 Saliva Tests Per Day
Emma Yasinski | Aug 28, 2020
The school requires each student, faculty, and staff member to be tested twice per week and sends the results straight to their cell phones.
COVID-19 Outbreaks Occur as Students Return to Campus
COVID-19 Outbreaks Occur as Students Return to Campus
Lisa Winter | Aug 18, 2020
Following a string of outbreaks, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will move to an online-only semester.
Videos: A Sampling of Virtual Lab Tours
Videos: A Sampling of Virtual Lab Tours
Andy Tay | Jun 23, 2020
Here’s how some researchers and educators are giving prospective students and the public a window into their labs.
As the Pandemic Hits Campus Finances, Faculty Face Layoffs
As the Pandemic Hits Campus Finances, Faculty Face Layoffs
Diana Kwon | Jun 4, 2020
Many colleges and universities across the US have lost millions of dollars in revenue due to COVID-19.
Cal State University to Conduct Most Classes Online this Fall
Cal State University to Conduct Most Classes Online this Fall
Catherine Offord | May 13, 2020
The public university system in California joins a number of colleges planning a virtual semester to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Universities Issue Hiring Freezes in Response to COVID-19
Universities Issue Hiring Freezes in Response to COVID-19
Amy Schleunes | Mar 26, 2020
Graduate students and postdocs are left wondering about the implications for their academic careers.
College Class Cancellations Skyrocket Amid Coronavirus Concerns
College Class Cancellations Skyrocket Amid Coronavirus Concerns
Lisa Winter | Mar 10, 2020
Dozens of schools across 11 states have announced emergency policies to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Postdocs More Important to Grad Students’ Skills than PIs Are
Postdocs More Important to Grad Students’ Skills than PIs Are
Emily Makowski | Oct 14, 2019
According to a new study, active participation in lab discussions from more senior lab members is positively linked to grad students’ abilities.
Situation Improves Slightly for U Alaska, Major Changes Ahead
Situation Improves Slightly for U Alaska, Major Changes Ahead
David Adam | Sep 24, 2019
Funding cuts provoke concerns about job losses, cancelled research programs, and closed departments.
Federal Agency Proposes Rule Against Graduate Student Unions
Federal Agency Proposes Rule Against Graduate Student Unions
Emily Makowski | Sep 23, 2019
The National Labor Relations Board has gone back-and-forth on whether graduate students at private universities can form unions three times in the past 19 years.
STEM Profs’ Views on Intelligence May Affect Student Outcomes
STEM Profs’ Views on Intelligence May Affect Student Outcomes
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 15, 2019
Students, especially racial minorities, tend to perform worse when professors believe intelligence is fixed
NYU Medical School Is Now Free, Almost
NYU Medical School Is Now Free, Almost
Shawna Williams | Aug 17, 2018
All students’ tuition will be funded through its endowment.
President of SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry Resigns
President of SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry Resigns
Kerry Grens | Mar 22, 2018
Quentin Wheeler’s firing of department chairs earlier this year didn’t sit well with university faculty members.  
Final GOP Tax Bill Won’t Ding Graduate Students
Final GOP Tax Bill Won’t Ding Graduate Students
Shawna Williams | Dec 14, 2017
A provision to tax tuition waivers was dropped during the reconciliation process.
Republican Tax Plan Eliminates Popular Education Exemptions
Republican Tax Plan Eliminates Popular Education Exemptions
Shawna Williams | Nov 6, 2017
The proposal draws criticism from higher-education groups.
Will There Be a Brexit Brain Drain?
Will There Be a Brexit Brain Drain?
Bob Grant | Jan 10, 2017
Some academics in the United Kingdom say they are considering leaving the country for greener pastures, as Britain’s exit from the European Union takes effect.
Opinion: Improving the Undergraduate Research Experience
Opinion: Improving the Undergraduate Research Experience
Lynn Yang | Nov 15, 2016
Mentoring is critical for students just beginning to learn the ropes of biomedical research.
Opinion: Retool Biomedical PhD Admissions
Opinion: Retool Biomedical PhD Admissions
Viviane Callier and Gary McDowell | Aug 30, 2016
It is unethical to admit increasing numbers of students to graduate programs without considering the realities of the job market.