When lab meets life

Academic couples see upsides to ‘two-body problem’

Researchers in a relationship may have trouble finding jobs in the same place, but some pairs see this as an opportunity.

By Nicholette Zeliadt
14 November 2016 | 6 min read

Specialized grants allow ex-scientists to restart careers

After an extended leave from a job, some scientists may struggle to reclaim their careers. A reentry grant can put them back in the game.

By Nala Rogers
14 November 2016 | 7 min read

Questions for Yael Niv: How to fight sexism in science

Male scientists typically dominate speaker lineups at conferences. The skewed gender ratio stunts women’s careers — and progress in science.

By Ann Griswold
14 November 2016 | 7 min read
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Beyond citations: Why scientists need to engage with public

Scientists should regularly relate their work to a broad audience, and universities should support these efforts.

By Bhismadev Chakrabarti
14 November 2016 | 5 min read

In scramble for science faculty jobs, timing is key

Parlaying a postdoc into one of a dwindling number of faculty positions takes hard work and sheer luck.

By Jessica Wright
14 November 2016 | 6 min read

Rising star: Vanessa Bal traverses fine work-life balance

Parent, partner and professional — the need to fulfill all of these roles at once complicates Vanessa Bal’s life.

By Ann Griswold
14 November 2016 | 10 min read

Rising star: Brian O’Roak brings ‘A’ game to autism genetics

Brian O’Roak has helped to steer some of the largest, most complex studies of autism genetics to date.

By Sarah DeWeerdt
21 January 2016 | 11 min read

How to build a better scientist

Budding scientists need career guidance from faculty mentors, not just technical handholding by graduate students, suggests a comprehensive review.

By Jennifer Richler
10 March 2015 | 3 min read

How to undo stereotypes that hinder women in science

Late this summer, a paper from Yale University researchers led by Jo Handelsman delivered some sobering news: There is still a clear bias against female scientists. The findings confirm the impression of many women in science, at all career levels, who feel undervalued.

By Hazel Sive
11 December 2012 | 6 min read

Helen Tager-Flusberg: Decoding the language of autism

The language deficit in autism is complex and diverse. With a no-nonsense and thoughtful approach, Helen Tager-Flusberg has devoted her career to sorting it all out.

By Virginia Hughes
24 November 2011 | 6 min read

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