Monday, April 12, 2010

"Senior scientists get most of the resources"

Within an editorial titled "Empowering Young Scientists," in the 2 April 2010 issue of Science, one has the text:

(...) the selection and promotion processes in science involve considerations other than merit. Senior scientists receive most of the resources available for scientific research, and young scientists rarely receive societal recognition for their work. This situation is growing worse as life expectancies and retirement ages increase, along with the average age for achieving scientific independence.

The editorial made no mention of the Sticklen affair, in which a senior scientist expropriated text from a manuscript under her review which manuscript had as first author a student. See Plagiarism by Michigan State professor

Reference Tilman Bruck, et al., 328 Science 17.

**Other news in Science

Shinya Yamanaka received the March of Dimes prize for his work on iPS (328 Science 21)
"NOAA's Tom Karl Takes on Task of Serving up Climate to the Public", 328 Science 29: Karl stated "There are some principles and guidelines we're going to use. One is transparency."


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