Friday, 04 July 2014 00:00


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The Outreach Subcommittee of the Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) announces the Share Your Science Video Contest with prizes up to $500. This new initiative aims to increase basic science awareness because informed decision makers produce better outcomes for funding.

There are always times when we need some extra help in the classroom—in finding new ways to engage students or to encourage them to learn about a new topic, for example. iBioEducation from iBiology provides tools that can help enrich your students' learning experience. It doesn't matter if you are a teaching a graduate class, an undergraduate class, or a high school class; there is something for everyone.

Imagine a politician receiving hundreds of hand-written letters from his or her constituents all in support of a single goal—an increase in science funding. The impact of this could be remarkable.

When discussing the concerns of the modern biomedical workforce, the growing dissatisfaction of postdocs is invariably one of the first topics to come to mind. Many postdocs feel undervalued by the biological science community. I commonly hear postdocs lament that they are being taken for granted by their mentors and institutions. One oft-cited reason for this sentiment is the striking disparity in the salaries, benefits, and job protection of many postdocs when compared to graduate students and staff in similar academic environments. Now some postdocs are exploring the possibility that unions may help improve their situation.