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Best and Worst Jobs in the US

That’s reassuring. Biologist is the 4th best.

PhD Complete Rates

Inside Higher Ed describes a study of complete rates for PhD students broken down by race/ethnicity, gender, whether the student is international or domestic, and by discipline. Here is the key chart: Cumulative Completion Rates for Students Starting Ph.D. Programs, 1992-3 Through 1994-5 Group By Year 5   By Year 6   By Year 7   By Year…

Relevant Graphic of the Day

Don’t tell my boss… Prospects for work this summer are not improving…and fast.

A post over at the Scientist blog laments the difficulty in getting people to acknowledge the English-language bias in science: Many, perhaps most, scientists are grateful that English has become the international language, but an informative protest comes from Prof. Tsuda Yukio of Japan, who has taught in the U.S. “Today one speaks of globalization.…

Anne Casselman at Inkling has this hysterical article on scientists/physicians with beards. Here’s a bit on why some public health experts want doctors to lose the beard: Fast forward to 1967, when three scientists from the Industrial Health and Safety Office in Maryland tested their hypothesis that “a bearded man subjects his family and friends…

Genomes Sock

Bring more science into your life with scientific knitting… This comes via Virginia Postrel where she examines the new glamorous scientist. That makes the extraordinary success of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which begins its eighth season this month, all the more remarkable. Unlike its direct spin-offs and numerous imitators, which are more-conventional cop melodramas, the…

Cross-ideological Dating

James Kirchick at Independent Gay Forum mentions the trouble he has had dating outside his politics: “I can’t date someone with a different belief system” is what he told me. I expected this answer from the guy I had been casually seeing. From early on, I suspected that our differing political bents — his liberal,…

Anatomical Tattoos

I sometimes gave my anatomy professors hell for wearing anatomy-themed t-shirts, but this is a whole new level. Check out these anatomy-themed tattoos. There are many more here. Hat-tip: Andrew Sullivan

This is pretty funny, but also quite true. It is from a comment on a post at Chicago Boyz: One of the arguments in Jonathan Rauch’s “In Defense of Prejudice,” is another dirty secret is that, no less than the rest of us, scientists can be dogmatic and pigheaded. “Although this pigheadedness often damages the…

Molecular Biology Metaphors

James Gorman, writing in the NYTimes, laments the relative dearth of molecular biology colloquialisms: Geology and ophthalmology may provide most of our overused metaphors (maybe that’s what geopolitics is), but other sciences do their part. Anatomy has contributed the jaws of defeat, into which one could presumably fall after stepping off a brink and sliding…