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University of California, Striking Workers Unions Reach Tentative Deal
The agreement, which is not yet ratified, would increase academic workers’ salaries, but some call for an ongoing strike as the raises are less than desired.
University of California, Striking Workers Unions Reach Tentative Deal
University of California, Striking Workers Unions Reach Tentative Deal

The agreement, which is not yet ratified, would increase academic workers’ salaries, but some call for an ongoing strike as the raises are less than desired.

The agreement, which is not yet ratified, would increase academic workers’ salaries, but some call for an ongoing strike as the raises are less than desired.

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Up to 48,000 University of California Academic Workers Go on Strike
Catherine Offord | Nov 14, 2022 | 3 min read
Union-represented workers are walking out for an indefinite period of time after negotiations over their compensation and other issues stalled.
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Pandemic Amplifies Postdoc Struggles
Bianca Nogrady | Dec 28, 2021 | 9 min read
Postdoctoral fellows faced challenges before COVID-19 changed the way academia functions, and these early career scientists report that things have only gotten harder.
Push to Address Long-Standing Challenges for Parents in STEMM
Amanda Heidt | Jul 21, 2021 | 9 min read
The organizers behind a Mothers in Science conference say that it’s time academia provide more support to researchers who are pregnant or looking after children.
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From Nature Lover to Structural Biologist: A Scientist’s Journey
Asher Jones | Feb 26, 2021 | 10+ min read
A gift of medical books from an unlikely source spurred Chrystal Starbird’s scientific career. She talks about what motivates her research on cell surface receptors and the obstacles she has faced as a Black woman in academia.
Improving the Advisor/Advisee Relationship
Angela E. Boag and Nathalie Isabelle Chardon | Feb 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Academic mentors are not necessarily natural managers. Their graduate students often bear the brunt of this shortcoming.
2020 in Scientists’ Own Words
Abby Olena, PhD | Dec 23, 2020 | 5 min read
The world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but researchers rose to all manner of challenges.
The Pandemic Continues to Put a Damper on Faculty Hiring
Abby Olena, PhD | Oct 5, 2020 | 5 min read
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.
When Your Supervisor Is Accused of Research Misconduct
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 1, 2020 | 10 min read
Early career researchers face unique challenges when a senior collaborator becomes embroiled in allegations of scientific malpractice.
The Pandemic’s Effects on Recruiting International STEM Trainees
Abby Olena, PhD | Apr 29, 2020 | 6 min read
The closure of visa offices, travel and immigration restrictions, and general anxiety create barriers for the international graduate students and postdocs who play a huge role in research in the United States.
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Opinion: Exorcising Ghostwriting from Peer Review
James L. Sherley | Jan 13, 2020 | 4 min read
Training young scientists to review submitted manuscripts should be an academic exercise, not a facet of professional scientific publishing.
Postdocs More Important to Grad Students’ Skills than PIs Are
Emily Makowski | Oct 14, 2019 | 2 min read
According to a new study, active participation in lab discussions from more senior lab members is positively linked to grad students’ abilities.
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Is Mandatory Retirement the Answer to an Aging Workforce?
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2019 | 8 min read
For many, it’s not a question of when senior academics should leave their posts, it’s about how to distribute scarce resources such as grants and faculty positions more fairly.
Scientists Don’t Stay for Long in Their Jobs Anymore: Study
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 11, 2018 | 2 min read
Plus, more scientists nowadays spend their entire careers in supporting roles, rather than leading their own research programs.
Columbia University Postdocs Vote to Unionize
Ashley Yeager | Oct 5, 2018 | 2 min read
More than 2,000 individuals favor the bargaining unit—the first at a private university in the US.
Scientists Are Opting for Remote Postdoc Positions
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018 | 9 min read
Technology and family constraints are making the “ghostdoc” more popular, but the setup is not without costs, researchers say.
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Nov 1, 2017 | 2 min read
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
US Postdocs Grapple with Salary Changes
Karen Zusi | Dec 16, 2016 | 3 min read
Postdocs nationwide were set to have an increased minimum salary or become eligible for overtime pay until a court injunction halted new Department of Labor regulations.
Making the Most of School
Viviane Callier | May 1, 2016 | 9 min read
Agencies and institutions strive to better prepare graduate students and postdocs for futures in academia and beyond.
New Year, New Lab
Karen Zusi | Jan 5, 2016 | 2 min read
Scientists share their 2016 resolutions across Twitter.
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