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One blogger says that it may be advantageous for young investigators to include their unfunded grant scores in job applications.

Nature outlines the top cities for science research according to journal, publication, and citation metrics.

A Slate reporter discusses why women found more biotech firms than companies in other high-tech fields.

One blogger says that reviewers should aim to provide thorough, constructive reviews and treat applicants how they'd like to be treated themselves.

Breaking Down Biases

One investigator aims to diminish the effects of implicit, unintentional biases against women, minorities, and people with disabilities in faculty hiring decisions with a video game.

Try Before You Buy

One blogger ponders the positive aspects of changing postdoc labs.

Results of a survey conducted by AAAS and Science confirm "continuing obstacles to women in science."

The NIH director details how the agency aims to "dramatically reduce the time required to start an independent career" in Nature.

Bloggers describe situations in which it might be best to heed a colleague's advice.

Bloggers discuss the much-awaited release of the revised National Research Council graduate program rankings.

The Scientist examines ways in which PIs can help their trainees become researchers they "would want to collaborate with."

One blogger says that scientists who choose to pursue careers outside of academia "are not exceptions, but the rule."

Party On, Postdocs

Various institutions have planned events in honor of "National Postdoc Appreciation Week."

Three PIs share their thoughts on "what makes a great graduate student."

Several biotech and pharmaceutical firms were named among the top 100 family-friendly companies by Working Mother magazine.

According to new data, women obtained more doctoral degrees than men in 2008-09.

A blogger provides advice for new and aspiring postdocs.

One blogger says she's tired of vague discussions of "alternative" science careers.

A blogger proposes the "top 10 reasons students fail out of PhD school."

A new academic PI shares satirical "tips on how not to get a postdoc in academia."

Bloggers discuss time considerations when writing grants.

'We (Meaning I)'

In a satire, one author says "we (meaning I) present observations on the scientific publishing process."

One blogger says that "starting immediately in the lab of the thesis advisor" is a bad idea for PhD candidates.

A new report examines international and domestic graduate admissions in the US.

One professor describes her 'two-body problem' that resulted in the "tenure-track equivalent of the 'Romeo and Juliet' ending," and a career change for her spouse.

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This Week in Science: New research into the emergence of infectious diseases, and scientists report on proteins involved in melanoma.

The hashtag #stupidcommonnames is gaining fans among scientists who find the common names of some animals and plants dumb.

Fed up with budget slashes, job cuts, and muzzling mandates, researchers in Canada are making science a campaign issue in the upcoming elections.

A former NIH program officer says the Internet has blasted open the door for scientific publications more interested in dollars than quality research.