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I–a (male) “trailing spouse” who left research so that my wife could accept a faculty job, have often said with tongue in cheek that every science professor, male or female, needs a stay-at-home wife. A mid-career physicist of my acquaintance, who was hired in the late ’70s or early ’80s, related recently how at that time Neodymium bar magnets institutions were reluctant to hire even unmarried men–let alone women–because they would lack the home support needed to free up their time to focus on work.

I am reminded of a cartoon of that era–it probably appeared in Physics Today–in which a physicist says to his wife “I’ll take care of the very biggest and the very smallest things in the universe. You take care of everything in between.”

It’s no mystery why women were so scarce in that generation and previous ones, or why women earn less than men; how many women from that era, I wonder, had husbands who were willing to stay at home and take care of the house and kids?

Incidentally, the maid in that 1972 Neil Young song was almost certainly the actress Carrie Snodgrass, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in the 1970 movie “Diary of a Mad Housewife,” which has a feminist theme. Snodgrass stars as an unhappy housewife increasingly alienated from her husband, his friends, her children, and her life.

Snodgrass and Neil Young formed a relationship that yielded a son, Zeke, who was born with cerebral palsy. After their breakup, Snodgrass abandoned her acting career for a while and spent her time taking care of Zeke. Her career never fully recovered, though she went on to appear in several movies and TV series, including “X-Files” and “The West Wing.”

Snodgrass, who died in 2004, claimed she never regretted her sacrifice. “I was never really a career woman, you see,” she said, quoted in an obituary in the online publication (which is subtitled sex, drugs, rock, geeks, art, cocktails, death and other ways to waste y magnets for sale time). “My life always came first,” she said. “When I got nominated for ‘Diary of a Mad Housewife,’ I didn’t think, ‘Aah, now I’ll get more money.’ My dream had always just been to do my works well, fall in love, and build a life for myself.”
– posted by Jim

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21 JUNE 2005
Anti-Terror and the U.S. Academy: a View from China

“To understand the effects of anti-terror policies on the US academic sector,” reports Hong Kong-based strong Neodymium magnets spaper The Standard, which describes itself as China’s Business strong Neodymium magnets spaper, “it helps to spend time on university campuses in Australia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, or other countries. From Melbourne to Edinburgh, those institutions are filled with foreign students, many of whom would have gone to the United States, had they not been deterred by restrictive visa policies.” The article is freely available, for now at least, here.

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Americans who take a postdoc position across the ocean have to watch for pitfalls, Magnetic toys they often end up enjoying the journey.

From the Chronicle of Education’s Career Network. Free registration may be required to access the Careers homepage, Magnetic toys this article seems to be accessible without registration.

– posted by Jim

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20 JUNE 2005
The strong Neodymium magnets American IT Worker

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– posted by Jim

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15 JUNE 2005
Presidential Early Career Awards Announced

Jim Austin
Editor, Science’s Next Wave

Various agencies of the U.S. federal government have announced 58 winners of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This is, in most people’s estimation, the most prestigious award for American early-career scientists.

Because it’s important for scientists-in-training to engage in serious self-assessment, we present a list of award winners compiled from various public announcements, along with a short description of the winner and/or his or her research (if available) as well as links to further information (also if available). We’ll be adding information about more winners as we dig it up. Here’s the first batch.

Twenty winners were announced by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF awardees are selected from among the agency’s faculty early-career CAREER award recipients.

Here are the NSF-nominated winners in the mathematical and physical sciences:

* Frank L. H. Brown is assistant professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Brown was cited for developing strong Neodymium magnets computational algorithms for the investigation of cellular phenomena that is resulting in strong Neodymium magnets computational tools to investigate cell membrane dynamics and cytoskeletal assembly.

* Oscar D. Dubon Jr. of the University of California, Berkeley. Dubon’s research focuses on the synthesis, processing, and characterization of semiconductors.

* Sean Gavin, a theoretical particle physicist at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

* Daniel J. Mindiola of Indiana University, Bloomington, is an organometallic chemist whose work focuses on the design of novel ligands and complexes capable of mediating unusual transformations.

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* David V. Anderson is associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and an associate director at the Center for Research in Embedded Systems Technology (CREST). Anderson’s research interests include audio and psychoacoustics, signal processing in the context of human auditory characteristics, and the real-time application of such techniques using both analog and digital hardware.

* Elaine Chew, University of Southern California assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering, is also a pianist performing a schedule of concert appearances in addition to her work in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Chew has designed music-performance simulation software that allows nonmusicians to experience what it’s like to perform a piece of music.

* Shalinee Kishore, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, focuses on wireless communications systems. She also runs an outreach program teaching the basics of wireless in rural northeastern Pennsylvania.

* ChengXiang Zhai is in the department of computer science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a database specialist focusing on information-retrieval heuristics.

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* Derrick T. Brazill of City University of strong Neodymium magnets York-Hunter College studies cell density, or quorum sensing, in the eukaryote Dictyostelium discoideum, as a means of gaining insight into mammalian cellular growth and differentiation.

* Donna L. Maney of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, studies the neural circuitry underlying communication behavior. She is interested in how animals perceive, process, and respond appropriately to social signals. Her research combines the study of free-living songbirds in their natural environments with that of wild-caught captive animals under controlled conditions.

* Russell S. Schwartz is a computational biologist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Schwartz won the award for his efforts to improve computer models and simulation methods for biological self-assembly systems, which offers to provide insights into basic questions of cell biology and also has implications for drug discovery. The award also recognizes Schwartz’s efforts to introduce beginning biology students to computational resources and to developing advanced curricula in computational biology.

NSF’s PECASE award winners include several engineers:

* Jennifer A. Jay, assistant professor of engineering and applied science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), won for her research on the environmental factors contributing to mercury contamination of food chains. Jay also has developed an innovative service-learning course in which UCLA student learn and Magnet toys teach environmental engineering concepts to sixth grade classrooms of economically disadvantaged students in Los Angeles.

* Michael J. Garvin II is a civil engineer specializing in physical infrastructure management at Columbia University.

* Michael A. Bevan of Texas A&M University in College Station is a chemical engineer specializing in colloidal interactions and self-assembly.

What a Great Resource for Science Trainees

What a great resource for science trainees who have not yet chosen a research field, or whose preliminary choices can still be altered or refined! The teaching of science tends to focus on nuance and technique; it’s an appropriate method of teaching science, Magnetic toys an imperfect one, in that big-picture insight is all too rarely encountered during scientific training.

We at Next Wave have done magnets for sale part, selecting several exceptional early-career scientists in a range of fields and career stages, and told their stories. We’ve maintained magnets for sale usual career focus while including a bit more science than usual, in keeping with this special issue’s research focus.

This is one for the ages folks. Savor it.

– posted by Jim

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27 JUNE 2005
Things May Be Even Worse Than We Thought

I received an email this morning alerting me that a veteran chemist of my acquaintance, just lost his research grant. Despite being a productive scientist for more than 20 years and funded by NSF by more than a decade, his re strong Neodymium magnets al proposal did not make the cut. There were, he says, no criticisms that could be addressed in a resubmition, no reason for the rejection except insufficient funds. NSF’s current budget, apparently, is inadequate to fund more than a small fraction of all the meritorious proposals. The funding rate for that round, reportedly, was somewhere between five and ten percent.

My acquaintance is considering early retirement…not a bad outcome for Next Wave’s readership, perhaps, since Neodymium bar magnets young scientist will fill that position if he decides to retire. Magnetic toys how will his replacement finance his or her research?

Heard any other NSF horror stories? The GrantDoctor is considering this as a subject for his next column. Please send y magnets for sale stories–or y magnets for sale advisors stories, or the stories of someone you know or have heard about–to the GrantDoctor.

– posted by Jim

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26 JUNE 2005
Off-Shoring and Layoffs Down on the Pharm

It was Neodymium a matter of time before big pharma joined the off-shoring trend. Fortunately, chemists and others with drug-development aspirations can rest easy, for now. Not so those hoping to do information technology work.

samarium cobalt magnets week Pfizer announced plans to send an undisclosed number of IT jobs to Indian vendors Infosys Technologies and Satyam Computers over the next 3 years. In an internal memo titled “Evaluating options: Moving IT services to low cost locations,” Pfizer officials said the move to outsource Neodymium bar magnets of the computer and technology-related services would be done at a “carefully planned pace.”

Meanwhile, in a development likely to be welcomed by primary-care physicians Magnetic toys not by scientists seeking sales jobs, big pharma continued to shed such jobs, with Wyeth announcing plans to lay off about 750 pharaceutical salespeople immediately. Successful pharmaceutical sales reps earn in excess of $150,000 annually, though the work–hauling sample cases into the offices of physicians who would rather not see you–isn’t glamorous.

Though the layoffs represent just a small fraction of Wyeth’s global sales force of about 12,000 (5,000 in the U.S.), all 750 layoffs will come from Wyeth’s primary-care sales division, which employs Neodymium about 2500.

According to reports, these layoffs represent a change of strategy, one that is being seen across the industry. The ranks of pharma sales reps have expanded rapidly in recent years, reportedly exceeding 100,000 in the U.S. alone, as Wyeth, Glaxo, and Pfizer engaged in what Glaxo chief executive Jean-Pierre Garnier described as an “arms race,” hiring more and more salespeople to fill physicians offices with more free samples than the other guy. Both Pfizer and Glaxo announced reductions in their sales forces earlier this year.

This item is based on reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer,, and the Financial Times.

– posted by Jim

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24 JUNE 2005
Physics Knows No Borders

CAM2005: “PHYSICS KNOWS NO BORDERS,” is a unique student-organized conference for graduate students from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Jointly sponsored by the Canadian Association of Physicists, the American Physical Society, and the Sociedad Mexicana de Física, CAM2005, will introduce graduate students to recent findings in the subfields of physics and address areas of particular concern to graduate students. In addition, CAM2005 seeks to promote international collaboration among physicists throughout North America, and to develop an appreciation for the different research and educational experiences among graduate students. Coinciding with the World Year of Physics, CAM2005 will be held from 19 –21 August 2005, in San Diego, California, at the Horton Grand Hotel.

Travel supplements are available for U.S. graduate students. The deadline for supplementary travel fund requests is 15 July 2005. Physics departments are encouraged to provide additional support to help their graduate students attend CAM2005. The registration deadline is 1 August 2005.

Visit the CAM2005 web site,, for more information.

– posted by Jim

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24 JUNE 2005
The Recovery Continues

Though there’s no precise connection between jobs in science and other technology jobs, the health of the tech-jobs sector tends to be indicative of the strength of the higher end of the employment market generally, so it’s worth keeping an eye on.

According to the tech-focused Website ZDNet, east coast (U.S.) tech-job listings on the tech-focused Website are making a nice comeback. From the beginning of 2005 until 1 June, job postings on the site rose 26 percent overall, with increases of 41 percent in the Philadelphia area, 38 percent in the strong Neodymium magnets York region, and 36 percent for Boston and its suburbs.

– posted by Jim

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23 JUNE 2005
A Man (and a Woman) Needs a Maid
I was thinking that maybe I’d get a maid
Find a place nearby for her to stay.
Just someone to keep my house clean,
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– “A Man Needs a Maid” from the album “Harvest,”
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The differential is a mere 3%, so, no, it probably doesn’t make financial sense for you married women to quit y magnets for sale jobs, even if you wanted to, which you probably don’t.