Science Careers 2012: The Year’s Best Stories


Sharon Ann Holgate, 6 JanuaryAstrophysicist Aude Alapini-Odunlade’s passion is earthbound: helping teachers give students a solid science education.

Susan Gaidos, 13 JanuaryNeuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis has turned his lab in Natal, Brazil, into an epicenter of brain-machine interface research.

Adam Ruben, 27 JanuaryLab work left you feeling dissatisfied? Our Experimental Error columnist feels your pain.

Beryl Lieff Benderly, 10 FebruaryAs the Sheri Sangji case moves toward a legal judgment, will the academy learn its lessons

David G. Jensen, 17 FebruaryIn today’s pharmaceutical and biotech job market, pinpoint hiring is the rule.

The Year’s Most Popular ArticlesFor the second straight year, three of the year’s most popular articles were in Adam Ruben’s Experimental Error series:Adam Ruben, 23 MarchWhy do we require scientists to write badly?Adam Ruben, 27 JanuaryLab work left you feeling dissatisfied? Our Experimental Error columnist feels your pain.Beryl Lieff Benderly, 6 JulyTwo reports propose significant reforms for graduate students and postdocs.Adam Ruben, 24 FebruaryThe Journal of Negative Results in BioMedicine is only the beginning.

Rachel Narehood Austin, 2 MarchA chemistry professor at a top liberal arts college offers advice on preparing for jobs at colleges like hers.

Elisabeth Pain, 9 MarchResearchers have much to gain from involving citizens as research partners.

Elisabeth Pain, 30 MarchWith many species still undiscovered, plant collecting can offer exciting opportunities for adventurous scientists—at some cost in comfort and job security.

Siri Carpenter, 30 MarchHard data on Professional Science Master’s degree graduates are scanty, but anecdotal evidence of their success abounds.

Beryl Lieff Benderly, 6 AprilMedical practice has changed to meet the needs of female physicians. How likely is it that academic science will make a similar adjustment?

Stephanie Pfirman and Melissa Begg, 6 AprilIf you choose an interdisciplinary research career, it’s up to you to create a context in which you can succeed.

Michael Price, 13 AprilDrug development companies are now hiring more computational biologists, creating an abundance of high-paying jobs.

David G. Jensen, 20 AprilScientists and other professionals can increase their job satisfaction by kicking their addiction to praise.

Beryl Lieff Benderly, 4 MayWhy do clinical medicine and academic science—both expert labor markets—offer such different career outlooks?

Adam Ruben, 25 MayThe key to understanding the way the media covers science is to know the rules that science journalists adhere to.

Vijaysree Venkatraman, 1 JuneIn her life and her search for gravitational waves, the MacArthur Fellowship–winning Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Nergis Mavalvala is comfortable in her own skin.

Person of the Year: Paula Stephan

Science on the Fast Track