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Life Sciences - Career - 16.03.2020
Free coronavirus sequencing kits for researchers offered by U-M startup
As doctors, scientists and governments try to get a grip on COVID-19, the University of Michigan startup Arbor Biosciences is providing free kits to capture the genetic code of virus samples. Variations in that code reveal how the virus has morphed over time-for instance, enabling it to change from an animal disease to one that can be passed from one human to another.

Career - 03.03.2020
BAME millennials at greater risk of being in unstable employment
Millennials from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are 47% more likely to be on a zero-hours contract, compared to their White peers, according to a new report from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Carnegie UK Trust, and Operation Black Vote Millennials from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are 47% more likely to be on a zero-hours contract, and have 10% greater odds of working a second job, compared to their White peers, according to a new report from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Carnegie UK Trust, and Operation Black Vote.

Career - Business / Economics - 18.02.2020
German minimum wage drove workers to more productive firms
The introduction of the minimum wage for the first time in Germany in 2015 drove workers from smaller to larger and more productive businesses that pay higher wages, according to a UCL and Institute for Employment Research (IAB) Nuremberg study. The study, published as a CReAM discussion paper, is the most comprehensive analysis of the wider implications of Germany's minimum wage policy.

Environment - Career - 12.02.2020
Fighting climate change at the sink: A guide to greener dishwashing
If you're an environmentally conscious consumer, you've probably heard that today's highly efficient dishwashers use less energy and water than traditional hand-washing techniques. While that's true in most cases, there's one manual washing technique-the two-basin method, in which dishes are soaked and scrubbed in hot water and then rinsed in cold water-that is associated with fewer greenhouse gas emissions than machine dishwashing.

Career - 23.01.2020
Major Decisions
New research finds the time of day when a student takes a class can affect the major selected later in the academic career A major can have a significant impact on a student's future. One would think that this decision would warrant thoughtful deliberation, but for many students this decision may hinge on the time of day a class is taken.

Career - Academic Rankings - 26.11.2019
Early co-authorship with a senior academic boosts junior researchers’ future careers
Co-authoring a research paper with an established scientist early in an academic's career leads to significant future benefits for the junior researcher, finds a paper by UCL. This effect is much stronger for early-career researchers affiliated with less prestigious institutions, who are statistically less likely later in their careers to reach the same levels those at the most prestigious institutions will.

Career - 07.11.2019
Conscientiousness is top personality predictor of positive career and work-related outcomes, has broad benefits
A study from the University of Minnesota, recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), found that conscientiousness - a family of personality traits that combines being disciplined, focused, tenacious, organized and responsible - is the personality trait that best predicts work-related success across the board in life.

Career - Pedagogy - 22.10.2019
Women ‘less likely to progress at work’ than their male counterparts following childbirth
Women and men experience a 'large divergence' in their career paths in the years following childbirth, according to a study following more than 3,500 new parents. Only 27.8 per cent of women are in full-time work or self-employed three years after childbirth, compared to 90 per cent of new fathers.

Career - 18.10.2019
Promoting open science
Promoting open science
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, EPFL is highlighting his commitment for open and reproducible research through an exceptional Open Science Day, today. Interview of president of the Open Science Strategic Committee, Katrin Beyer. When the World Wide Web was invented at CERN 30 years ago, no one talked about open science.

Administration - Career - 03.10.2019
When big companies fund academic research, the truth often comes last
Industry funders can go to great lengths to suppress the findings of academic research when it's not favourable to the company, Professor Lisa Bero writes.   Over the last two decades, industry funding for medical research has increased globally, while government and non-profit funding has decreased.

Career - Social Sciences - 26.09.2019
Pay, flexibility, advancement: They all matter for workers' health and safety
Pay, flexibility, advancement: They all matter for workers’ health and safety
The terms and conditions of your employment - including your pay, hours, schedule flexibility and job security - influence your overall health as well as your risk of being injured on the job, according to new research from the University of Washington. The analysis takes a comprehensive approach to show that the overall pattern of employment conditions is important for health, beyond any single measure of employment, such as wages or contract type.

Computer Science / Telecom - Career - 11.09.2019
Chi Explores Essence of Big Data
Whether you noticed or not, you are receiving and creating countless data in your everyday life, sometimes merely by sending messages and browsing items on a shopping site. Many fields, such as medicine and entertainment are data-rich, which drives researchers to find new ways to capture and analyze this rapidly increasing information.

Career - 29.08.2019
New science blooms after star researchers die
New science blooms after star researchers die
Deaths of prominent life scientists tend to be followed by a surge in highly cited research by newcomers. Listen A study by Prof. Pierre Azoulay finds that the death of star scientists can benefit their fields of research by opening the door for an influx of new ideas and contributors, reports Colleen Flaherty for Inside Higher Ed .

Social Sciences - Career - 29.07.2019
The plus of ethnic enclaves and neighborhoods
A new study from the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab found that new refugees were more likely to find work within their first five years if officials assigned them to an area with a larger community of people who share their nationality, ethnicity or language. Ethnic enclaves are often viewed as a negative for the integration of immigrants with natives in their new country.

Health - Career - 17.07.2019
Four new professorships to drive forward diabetes research in Bern
Four new professorships to drive forward diabetes research in Bern
The University of Bern and the Diabetes Center Berne (DCB) are together creating four professorships in the field of diabetes technology research and development. This will boost the international profile of diabetes research in Bern and strengthen its role as a center of medicine in the long term. The four professorships are to be financed with 417,000 Swiss francs per annum each over a period of 12 years.

Career - Social Sciences - 12.06.2019
"Interdisciplinary research takes time"
It seems that new scientific institutions and research projects are all about "interdisciplinarity". Is it all hype? It is not all hype, not at all. We are increasingly encountering issues that cannot be resolved using the methods of any one discipline. As a matter of fact, interdisciplinarity was already enabling major leaps forward even before it was intentionally promoted: After the Second World War, several physicists transferred to biology in the wake of the atomic bomb shock.

Career - 06.06.2019
More needs to be done to address the gender gap in academia, researchers say
Being a woman has a negative association with academic rank, a study led by Cardiff University researchers has shown. A total of 2,270 academics from the 24 Russell Group universities, across all fields of knowledge, were surveyed for the research. They were asked a wide range of questions about their academic credentials, research productivity, working conditions and duties, socio-demographic characteristics and family circumstances - such as number of children and responsibility for their care.

Health - Career - 02.05.2019
Scientists win over £275,000 to develop new test for aggressive prostate cancer
Researchers from the University of Birmingham have received a grant worth over £275,000 from leading men's health charity, Prostate Cancer UK. Their aim is to help develop a new test to accurately show how aggressive someone's prostate cancer is, in order to help doctors identify the best treatment for each individual man.

Health - Career - 16.04.2019
Workplace wellness programs fail to improve health
Workplace wellness programs have been touted as a powerful tool that can make employees healthier and more productive while reducing health care spending, but the results of a new study suggest such interventions yield less-than-impressive results. The findings by University of Chicago and Harvard University scholars, published April 16 in the Journal of the American Medical Association , raise questions about the effectiveness of such programs offered by 80 percent of large U.S. employers in the $8 billion workplace wellness industry.

Astronomy / Space Science - Career - 10.04.2019
Astronomers capture historic first image of a black hole
The Event Horizon Telescope -a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration-was designed to capture images of a black hole.
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