What a strange business this is: We stay in school forever. We have to battle the system with only a one in eight or one in ten chance of getting funded. We give up making a living until our forties. And we do it because we want to help the world. What kind of crazy person would go for that?Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, Duke University Medical School
Via Orac, I learned of this new lobbying effort to increase NIH funding. Brokenpipeline.org argues that a generation of researchers will be lost if we don't fix the NIH. They're right.
Currently, universities aren't hiring new researchers. They're poaching researchers from other universities. So folks in a position like me, where they're finishing a post-doc, and starting to look for work, are in the position that there are no new jobs available. It's a crazy time. Read more here.