A challenge to improving postdoc benefits at the University of Maryland

An article in a student newspaper at the University of Maryland, describing changes to postdoc benefits at UMD College Park, and a faculty letter in opposition to changes, led to a blog post in Science Careers that caused something of a sensation on social media – particularly when it was taken down and revised (you can read both versions at this link). Numerous comments highlighted the timing of the faculty letter’s release when the article The future of the postdoc had just appeared in Nature.

Gary McDowell has written an opinion and analysis at The Winnower, “Faculty Resistance to Reform: Challenges to changing postdoc benefits at University of Maryland“, where you can find the letter, a description of the situation, and some analysis of the letter’s content.

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