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Scientist Dads Step Up

Scientist Dads Step Up

The Human Genome Project officially came to a close in June 2003. For Chad Nusbaum, co-director of the Genome Sequencing and Analysis program at the Broad Institute of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, the event was a professional milestone. It was also a personal milestone: It meant he could devote more time to — his words — his own “little genome project.” Later that year, the senior scientist took off almost 2 months to bond with his newborn son. […]



Time to Hire A Housekeeper?

Time to Hire A Housekeeper?

This article made the Best of Science Careers 2010. It stirred up a lot of debate and readers pretty much demanded the follow-up piece  which was fun to write. Sangeeta Bhatia is a scientist working in academia. She is married to another one. Bhatia is on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and her husband is a professor at Harvard University, both of which are in Cambridge. Their little girls have a Barbie but also a Marie Curie doll with a periodic […]



Conventions of Scientific Authorship

Conventions of Scientific Authorship

Pardis Sabeti published her first scientific paper when she was an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her name had appeared in acknowledgment sections before, but that was the first time she was listed as an author — and she was first on the author list. It was an important milestone in the development of her scientific career. Sabeti has moved on. These days, as assistant professor in genomics and systems biology at Harvard University, she usually is listed last on papers that come […]



Vocalizing Science

Vocalizing Science

This past summer, Ari Daniel Shapiro, 30, was part of a research team that tracked killer whales off the coast of northwestern Canada. Every morning, the crew set out to affix sensors to the elusive mammals to capture their vocalizations and movement. Shapiro, whose training is in biological oceanography, would download the day’s data and prep the recovered sensors for the next deployment. Since is assisting with the data analysis and will be a co-author on any scientific articles that result. Yet, technically, Shapiro isn’t an […]