A fossilized skeleton of an ancient crocodile-like organism that lived in what’s now Brazil.
Q&A: Paleontology’s Colonial Legacy
Archaeologist and paleontologist Juan Carlos Cisneros tells The Scientist that researchers frequently fail to involve local groups—and sometimes violate laws—when studying Latin American fossils.
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Q&A: Paleontology’s Colonial Legacy
Q&A: Paleontology’s Colonial Legacy

Archaeologist and paleontologist Juan Carlos Cisneros tells The Scientist that researchers frequently fail to involve local groups—and sometimes violate laws—when studying Latin American fossils.

Archaeologist and paleontologist Juan Carlos Cisneros tells The Scientist that researchers frequently fail to involve local groups—and sometimes violate laws—when studying Latin American fossils.

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Opinion: Teach Philosophy of Science in High School
Nicholas Friedman, Stephen Esser | Jan 17, 2022
The pandemic has revealed the importance of preparing students to critically evaluate the conceptual foundations and real-world impact of science.
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HHMI Kickstarts $2 Billion Initiative to Boost Diversity in STEM
Chloe Tenn | Nov 23, 2021
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute will invest the funds over 10 years across all stages of the STEM pipeline.
Virtual Lab Tours for Recruitment and Outreach
Andy Tay | Jun 23, 2020
In the face of campus closures around the world, scientific laboratories are offering tours via video. We asked experts for their tips.
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.
The Pandemic’s Effects on Recruiting International STEM Trainees
Abby Olena | Apr 29, 2020
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: Making Online Teaching a Success
John D. Loike, Marian Stoltz-Loike | Mar 18, 2020
Here are the lessons we’ve learned so far about the keys to virtual science education—including what to do about lab classes.
Opinion: How to Stop Women’s Silence in STEM
Andrea Anton, Francisca C. Garcia, Maria Ll. Calleja | Jul 16, 2019
Our survey of seminars in biology and chemistry shows that women ask fewer questions than men. We propose ways to change that.
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Making STEM Education More Welcoming to Underrepresented Minorities
Esther Landhuis | Jun 1, 2019
Diversity programs are shifting their focus from just providing academic support to creating a learning environment that is more inclusive of people of different backgrounds.
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Is Mandatory Retirement the Answer to an Aging Workforce?
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2019
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.
Arizona Moves to Alter Wording About Evolution in Education
Catherine Offord | May 25, 2018
Proposed changes to the state’s school science standards would emphasize that parts of the theory are “not proven.”
U.S. Withdraws from UNESCO
Catherine Offord | Oct 12, 2017
The decision to leave the United Nations’ educational, scientific, and cultural agency was spurred by what American officials say is the organization’s anti-Israel bias and lack of commitment to reform.
Notable Science Quotes
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2017
March for Science, Trumping the EPA, the French election, and more
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.
Biotech Sponsors Science Competition
Tanya Lewis | May 26, 2016
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals takes over from Intel as the sponsor of the Science Talent Search.
Making the Most of School
Viviane Callier | May 1, 2016
Agencies and institutions strive to better prepare graduate students and postdocs for futures in academia and beyond.
Scientific Literacy Redefined
Cynthia Brandenburg | Feb 1, 2016
Researchers could become better at engaging in public discourse by more fully considering the social and cultural contexts of their work.
Chat With Charlie
The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2016
See a preview of the app that lets you ask questions of a virtual Charles Darwin.
Simulating Scientific Sabotage, For Fun
Tracy Vence | Jan 29, 2016
With a card game, researchers make light of the “wacky aspects of scientific research.”
Ready, Willing, and Able
Amanda B. Keener | Oct 1, 2015
Researchers with disabilities are making their fields more accessible.