Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

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Postdocs speak up - Science, 5 November 2014
By: Beryl Lieff Benderly

Scientific superstars Bruce Alberts (a former National Academy of Sciences president and former Science editor-in-chief), Marc W. Kirschner (founding chair of the Harvard Medical School’s Department of Systems Biology), Shirley Tilghman (former president of Princeton University), and Harold Varmus (Nobel laureate and current director of the National Cancer Institute) can claim scores of journal articles among them. But none, Varmus says, has received as much attention as a paper the four collaborated on earlier this year.
That paper, “Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was the focus of a session at the National Academy of Sciences’ annual meeting on 29 April, less than 2 weeks after it appeared. On the meeting’s last day, in a time slot when, most years, “things are over and people have gone home,” Varmus told the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), “well over 100 people” turned up at 7:30 in the morning not for the bagels but to discuss the four authors’ contention that today’s “hypercompetitive” and “unsustainable” biomedical enterprise requires “fundamental” reform.

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