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Dear Followers of FoR,
- Advocating for Science meeting and Symposium, Boston, September 2016: With keynote speaker Rush Holt, CEO of AAAS, this meeting focused on discussing advocacy for science and a series of workshops to develop skills for advocacy. The conference website is being updated with materials – stay tuned for videos, and summaries of the meeting from our travel award recipients!
- FoR Canada: Calgary, September 2016: The keynote speaker was Dr. Pamela Valentine of Alberta Innovates and this local meeting included discussions about the state of postdocs in Canada, with data from the Canadian postdoc survey by CAPS, and news about recent Canadian funding issues from a representative of the Association of Canadian Early Career Health Researchers. Stay tuned for materials from that meeting being made available on a dedicated page on our website.
- Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Graduate Research and Training (GREAT) and Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND) Professional Development Meeting, September 2016: I attended this meeting and presented a poster with data on the biomedical workforce analyzed in a recent collaborative project (stay tuned). I will be writing up a blog post on the meeting, what I learned and saw so please follow the blog to keep up to date (subscribe using the box on the right hand side of the page as you scroll down).
- Jessica Polka, President of FoR, will be part of the first webinar in the eLife #ECRwednesday series, on “What’s the deal with preprints?” The webinar is on October 26th at 12pm EST – see more details here.
- I will be attending OpenCon 2016, at which Jessica Polka will be speaking on a panel, in Washington DC, November 12-14 2016. The conference is about “empowering the next generation to advance open access, open education and open data”. I will hold a satellite event on return to San Francisco, in December – stay tuned for more info.
- Jessica Polka will also be speaking on November 14 2016 at the 2nd Annual NYU Postdocs Interdisciplinary Symposium (PoIntS). Paula Stephan, a labor economist with expertise on the economics of science, will be the keynote. You can register here.
- I will be attending the “Bolstering Efforts to Prepare STEM PhD Students and Postdocs for a Full Range of Careers” workshop November 16-17, Washington DC, organized by the University Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP uidp.org).
- FoR submitted a response to the NIGMS Request for Information (RFI): Strategies for Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education (NOT-GM-16-109). You can read the RFI and response in full here.
- “Junior biomedical scientists and preprints” is on the FoR F1000Research Channel – there is still time to submit comments on the piece before it is revised.
- Jessica Polka and I wrote a letter to the editor of Nature, “Junior researchers: Fewer papers would scotch early careers“, in response to an article about Daniel Sarewitz about the number of publications in science.
- A piece for Science, “The fool’s gold of Ph.D. employment data“, talks about what unemployment numbers for PhDs tell us or, more importantly, do not.
- Viviane Callier (HHMI) and I wrote a piece in The Scientist, “Opinion: Retool Biomedical PhD Admissions” on how the arguments used to justify the number of PhDs do not address the issues in admissions practices, and in creating a supportive culture for students.
- “NIH sets new postdoc stipend levels” By Maggie Kuo, Science – quotes from myself and Chris Pickett from Rescuing Biomedical Research (RBR) on the new NIH NRSA stipends to comply with the FLSA changes.
- “Speaking up for Science” By Connie Lee (University of Chicago) in Trends in Immunology – discusses FoR in the context of researchers advocating for science.
- “Young European researchers set groundwork for policy changes” By Elizabeth Pain, Science – quotes from myself and Chris Pickett from Rescuing Biomedical Research on the “Bratislava Declaration” of junior researchers in the EU.
- “Science’s 1%: How income inequality is getting worse in research” By Corie Lok, Nature – quotes on salaries in science.
- “So many research scientists, so few openings as professors” By Gina Kolata, The New York Times – quotes on pressures on junior scientists.
- “Steering the biomedical workforce away from the iceberg” By Sarah Bay, Genes to Genomes – quotes from FoR and RBR on our efforts.