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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 
By ALEXANDRA PERLOFF-GILES
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 
By CLIFFORD M MARKS
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…