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PostDocRevisitThe Postdoctoral Experience Revisited (December 2014)
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July 3, 2016
Higher-ed looking at new-rule upshot
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Paula Stephan, a professor of economics at Georgia State University, served on a committee that examined the postdoctoral training system for a report published by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. The committee in 2014 found that postdoctoral salaries were too low and called for the postdoctoral fellows' pay to "appropriately reflect their value and contribution to research."

May 19, 2016
US law could increase post-doc pay — and shake up research system
Nature
In December 2014, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine published a report arguing that postdoc salaries should be raised to $50,000 a year, and that many postdocs should be reclassified — and better paid — as staff scientists.

September 22, 2015
BU Postdocs: Who Are They and What Do They Want?
BU Today
Hokanson (CAS’05) says the data—gathered from offices across both campuses as well as through an anonymous postdoc survey—will help the University better serve its postdocs in a number of areas, such as minimum salary and professional development, that have been identified as key by the National Academy of Sciences.

July 21, 2015
Another report urging reform for biomedical workforce training
Science
“In hope of finding consensus, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) in Rockville, Maryland, combed through 267 recommendations in nine of these reports from a variety of groups that include the National Academy of Sciences and a group of postdocs.

July 16, 2015
Toward a sustainable biomedical research enterprise: Finding consensus and implementing recommendations
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

July 8, 2015
US postdocs hope for overtime pay
Nature
A committee convened by the US National Academies last year recommended raising the starting postdoc salary from $42,840 to $50,000.

June 3, 2015
A different kind of postdoc experience
Science
A small number of postdocs, however, “do not face the same problems as academic postdoctoral researchers,” states the U.S. National Academies' 2014 report, The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited.

April 24, 2015
Commentary: Let colleges, students decide if STEM is most important
Palm Beach Post (Opinion)
The situation is so bad that the National Academy of Sciences has recommended that the universities and other institutions reduce the number of postdoctoral positions that they are offering in sciences.

April 10, 2015
Wanted: staff-scientist positions for postdocs
Nature
A 2014 report from the United States National Academies in Washington DC recommended blending a number of strategies to reverse the surplus. The approach includes limiting the number of postdoc positions and the length of postdoc terms, increasing pay and creating more staff-scientist positions for those who cannot or do not wish to run their own lab.

February 27, 2015
A Glut Of Ph.Ds Means Long Odds Of Getting Jobs
NPR
A new report issued by the National Academy of Sciences and other groups recommend that universities and other institutions address it by reducing the number of postdocs they produce, raising starting salaries to a minimum of $50,000 and limiting postdoctoral service to a maximum of five years...

December 11, 2014
21st-Century Postdocs: (Still) Underpaid and Overworked
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Postdoctoral
researchers in the United States are often overworked, poorly paid, and stuck in jobs that don’t advance their careers. And efforts to improve the system have progressed slowly, in part because academics who supervise postdocs have little incentive to push for change. Those are some of the sobering conclusions of a new report published by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

December 11, 2014
Too Many Postdocs, Not Enough Research Jobs
Times Higher Education
“I don’t believe we’re training too many PhDs. A PhD in the sciences is fabulous preparation for a huge number of careers, most of which do not require postdoctoral training,” said Gregory Petsko, professor of neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College, who chaired a committee for the National Academy of Sciences whose report about the issue is due out soon. “The problem is with the postdoc [position]. The postdoc should only be something that you do if you need advanced training for research.”

December 11, 2014
Unsustainable Postdocs
Inside Higher Ed
That’s the upshot of a new report from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine, which is highly critical of the structural factors driving the growth of postdoctoral ranks, and which recommends a series of reforms – including a big raise for postdocs working on federally-funding biomedical research. The report focuses on postdocs working in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, but also cites the growth of postdocs in the social sciences and humanities.

December 10, 2014
Report Suggests Higher Pay, Better Mentoring for Postdocs
The Boston Globe
An exhaustive, 120-page national report on the state of scientific postdoctoral researchers released Wednesday urges a range of reforms to ensure that thousands of well-educated scientists do not spend their most creative years in low-paid training for jobs that are in scarce supply.The report, released by three of the most prestigious national organizations in science, engineering, and medicine, suggests postdoctoral researchers should receive higher salaries, better mentoring, and a time limit on how long they can work in those jobs.

December 10, 2014
New Postdoc Report Covers Familiar Ground
Science Careers Blog
“Concern about the postdoctoral training system has been gnawing at the research community for decades.” So starts the report, The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited, issued today by the U.S. National Academies. It’s the sequel to the seminal report from 2000, Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers. “The sources of uneasiness,” the report continues, “have changed only slightly over time.”
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