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Nature's Paul Smaglik: Green Card Vs Blue Card for Graduates & PostDocs?

Paul Smaglik's writes at the Nature's News and Comment about the future of Visa's for students in US/UK. Interesting to note the appointment of Janet Napolitano, gov of Arizona for the homeland security which overseas visa granting to students, researchers and other categories. It seems Napolitano is an advocate for changing the current H1-B requirement to the Foriegn graduate students who are studying in US Universities. If the graduate student's pass through all the security checks by the immigration or home land security during their studies, then there was no need to have an H1-B. Students need not go through a H1-B period inorder to apply for a green card, rather a green card be granted to them? sounds pretty good. 
But, will it be feasible or go through the scrutiny and approval of both parties in the senate? which is already struggling to come to a realization in this battered economic conditions with huge job loss, unemployment and outsourcing. The arguments is …

Obama's Chief of Science Advisor?

Obama Expected To Appoint Harvard Prof. as Chief Science Adviser
CRIMSON/ ASSOCIATED PRESS Buy this photo Harvard professor John P. Holdren speaks at the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy presentations in Pittsburgh last year.
Published On Friday, December 19, 2008  6:18 PM 
Crimson Staff Writer
President-elect Obama is expected to name Harvard professor John P. Holdren as his chief science adviser, the Kennedy School announced Friday, marking the latest in a string of Harvard faculty appointments to Obama's transition team or top advisory positions. An expert on energy and climate, Holdren has been vocal on the issue of global warming, and his appointment has been seen as indication the Obama administration plans to be far more active on climate change than its predecessor. 

Ph.D.s Ditch the Lab??

Last December, an article was published in "", the author of this article made a provactive but truthful topic to his news piece, "PhDs Ditch the Lab?". Almost a year passed since the following figures published, are there any changes in PostDocs plight or PhDs plight in terms of their jobs. Are there more PhDs graduating?.One of the worst funding for science/research/medical or clinical research was spent by the outgoing anti-science Bush govt, will the new Obama's govt take note of this American Science Tragedy and do the neccessary resucitation efforts to fund the research work?. How and why PhDs Ditched the labs? (read it-Link?) Science grad students face grim job market—‘It’s a pyramid scheme’Published On Thursday, December 13, 2007  2:29 AM 
Crimson Staff Writer As Harvard expands its Ph.D. programs in the sciences, graduates seeking jobs in academia face the bleakest employment prospects in decades. Alumni like Donald M. Prather, who left …

ITALIAN POSTDOCS Fight for their Rights & a Place in the Academic Structure?

PostDocs around the globe are stirred into a new type of consciousness about their plight, reacting to their slavery conditions in university and academic institutions they are up and ready to fight for recognition and better treatment. The first evidence for this growing level of new found consciouness started at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) , Farmington, CT USA  through their unionization few years ago. It took a while for the impact of their unionization to make an impact and to be visible elsewhere, especially when it happens at the UC-California campus...,... it was not so hard to feel the impact. Then came the news from one of the Canadian university where postdocs are increasingly agitated by the poor status of the postdocs and they are one step close to unionization. But, this time, the news is from Italy. The Italian Postdocs are in the street protesting and fighting to change the "death" of postdocs role in the universities?.Reform plan enrage…

PostDocs in some labs can be so horrible?

PostDocs in research labs face pierce competition because a colleague or a graduate student is working along the same problem or area in which the laboratory chief wants to get pappers published as soon as possible, if he can't publish a paper, he is not going to get a funding or a renewal fo NIH funding. Competition is via two routes, the boss creates an atmosphere so that someone can get him/her the best results or a data that can quickly generate a paper for him and the postdoc, sometime to all the members of the lab.Though ethically wrong to put names of the member of lab or outside who did not adequately contributed to a publication, it does happen and it is quite widespread, just to please a colleague, a friend or a possible grant reviewing senior member of scientific community, scientists do put their name. It all happens in a smooth and sweet manner, not a big deal ah?. No, things go wrong and such publication conspiracy's come out in the limelight, we have seen them t…

Job Posting: PhD Cell or Molecular Biologist

Ben Garvey from Candidate Seeker, Inc. is looking for a PhD level Cell or Molecular Biologist. Hope someone in this field will make use of this Opportunity available in New York area. Seems to be lucrative offer with good salary.

Here is the e-mail I recieved:
Your professional profile, which has on file, indicates you may have experience or know someone with experience relevant to the following position. I was hoping you might be interested or be willing to forward this email to an associate who could benefit from this opportunity.
I am looking for a PhD Cell or Molecular Biologist to join research group that is developing mammalian cell lines for the expression of recombinant antibodies. The ideal candidate should have at least 2 years of post doctoral experience along with a strong publication record. The qualified scientist should also be proficient in general molecular biology, cell culture, DNA cloning and flow cytometry. Practical knowledge of various …

S.T.E.M. Talent 2008: A Symposium and Career Fair for Postdocs in the Capital Region

About S.T.E.M. Talent 2008: A Symposium and Career Fair for Postdocs in the Capital RegionS.T.E.M. Talent 2008: A Symposium and Career Fair for Postdocs in the Capital RegionOctober 16, 2008 
08:00 am – 04:00 pm 
Natcher Center at NIH, 45 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892A conference and career fair for current postdoctoral fellows working in Washington, D.C.-area federal labs and universities, and for companies recruiting high-level STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals.This event exposes area postdoctoral fellows in the STEM fields to the many career options (e.g., government, private sector, entrepreneurship) that are available to them.The career fair portion connects local job-seeking postdocs with companies that are looking for that level of talent.Cost: Free for postdocs; fee for recruiting companies. Registration is required.Event hosted by Rockville Economic Development, Inc.Event logistics provided by Tech Council of MarylandSponsorships and Exhib…

PostDoc CEOs?? What?

Susan writes about an upcoming career fair and a PostDoc recruitment initiative in the Washington DC area. It is interesting to note that the organizers would like to train the PostDocs and scientists to be CEOs?. 
Postdoc Project Aims to Turn Scientists into CEOsThe Washington region is chock full of brainy researchers who come into town for a handful of years to put their knowledge to use during a fellowship at a federal lab, developing innovative intellectual property or possible cures for wicked diseases. But then they leave, taking their brainy ideas and their economy-boosting talent with them.
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POSTDOC UNION: University of Western Ontario Postdocs Unionize

The Uconn Postdoc Unionization is reaching far beyond the US soil, last month the biggest PostDoc campus, University of California system faced the challenges of postdocs unionizing, the local labor board recognized postdocs can unionize, what a great success to PostDocs at the UC campuses. Here is another news from far away land, Canada, the western Ontario University postdocs unionized this week.
News: Post-doc fellows at UWO unionize
Sat, October 4, 2008
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PostDoc Union in Canada? News!

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National union to represent Western postdoctoral associates
By Communications Staff
Friday, October 3, 2008 One of Canada's largest unions, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), will soon be certified by the Ontario Labour Relations Board to represent the group of postdoctoral fellows employed as postdoctoral associates at The University of Western Ontario .