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Feb 15, 2013 (Vol. 33, No. 4)


  • Comprehensive career resource, from surveys to career-related materials
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When applying to science graduate programs, applicants are inevitably asked, “So, what are your career plans?” Of course, we all know the most common answer: “Why, I want to go on to become a professor!” The truth is, however, that there exist many career options for people holding Ph.D.s in science. The My IDP (for “Individual Development Plan”) tool available through Science Careers is an excellent way to explore one’s own interests and abilities in order to find the most suitable career options. The tool is easy to use and requires only a short registration step. Once one logs in, there are tabs labeled Assessment (surveys to assess one’s skills, interests, and values) and Career Exploration (resources to learn about various careers), as well as sections focused on setting goals and implementing a plan. This is a great site to visit, regardless of if you think you know what you want from your career or not.

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*The opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as reflecting the viewpoints of the publisher, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., the publishing house, or employees and affiliates thereof.

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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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