What Makes Strong Science Teachers?

What Makes Strong Science Teachers? A new study shows that eighth-grade science teachers without an educational background in science are less likely to practice inquiry-oriented science instruction, a pedagogical approach …

Who Should Get Credit For the Discovery of Pulsars?

A much-discussed example of the difficulties associated with allocating credit between junior and senior researchers was the 1967 discovery by Jocelyn Bell, then a 24-year-old graduate student, of pulsars. Over the previous two years, Bell and several other students, under the supervision of Bell’s thesis advisor, Anthony Hewish, had built a 4.5-acre radiotelescope to investigate

Credit Where Credit is Due.

Many scientists get involved in the field primarily out of a genuine intellectual curiosity that needs to be sated. Often times we are working with limited budgets, possibly utilizing grants or other public/private means in order to further our understanding of a particular subject. With many of these pursuits the financial rewards might not be great, and possibly also due to a historical precedent this is very pronounced in the scientific community, being awarded credit and being provided with recognition for one’s findings is a very big deal. Frankly it is a big deal in every profession so here is a little life lesson we can all learn from.


Don is a first-year graduate student applying to the National Science Foundation for a predoctoral fellowship. His work in a lab where he did a rotation project was later carried …

The Publishing Code.

Paula, a young assistant professor, and two graduate students have been working on a series of related experiments for the past several years. During that time, the experiments have been …