FoR March Newsletter

FoR March Newsletter

It’s been a quiet few weeks from us as we continue to wrap up a number of things. The report from the National Academies on the future of the next generation of the biomedical workforce, which BoD President Jessica Polka, Advisory Board member Paula Stephan and myself were all on, is about to head to the printers and finally be sent to NIH this month. We also have a number of papers in press/submitted/in preparation; and we have some exciting projects being developed on the basis of meetings held in the last few months which some of you may have attended that we are excited to get under way! Stay tuned!   One project will be based on discussions from the recent ASAPbio peer review meeting (you can see a summary here) which was organized by Jessica Polka, and attended by BoD former and current members Becki Lijek and Teon Brooks, myself, and advisory board members Chris Pickett and Vitek Tracz. It transpired that there was a massive disconnect between the experience of junior researchers, who may write peer reviews, and have those peer reviews signed and submitted in someone else’s name, versus the insistence by members of the senior community that this couldn’t possibly be happening. This is not an unusual disconnect – I notice this lack of awareness of what actually happens in academia frequently in my work – but everyone agreed that “ghostwriting” of peer review reports should not be happening, and I’m excited to be welcoming Becki back to help us lead a project on tackling this issue. This also ties neatly into our efforts to...
FoR October Newsletter

FoR October Newsletter

Keep up to date by joining our mailing list or signing up to receive our blog posts, to the right of this post!   *****   Dear Followers of FoR, Welcome to the first newsletter about the activities of Future of Research. We have had an exciting and busy few months; and the remainder of 2016 will also be keeping us busy!   Current Action – the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Postdocs First and foremost, what is keeping us on our toes is collecting information on how institutions are responding to the changes to the FLSA. Briefly, the salary for exemption from overtime has been raised from $23,660 to $47,476, taking effect Dec 1st 2016. This is above the minimum stipend at most institutions for postdocs, and so institutions must decide to raise salaries for all postdocs, or track their hours and pay them for overtime. This affects all postdocs regardless of visa status and funding source unless they are in a primarily teaching role. We currently take the opinion that hours tracking is near impossible for institutions, but some institutions are planning to do so. To find out why we think this and to see what institutions are doing, take a look at our new FLSA and postdocs resource. Want to help? Please spread the word about this resource; and send info about your institution (and encourage others to send their info too) to info@futureofresearch.org and tweet it out using #FLSA.   Meetings Recent meetings held/attended Advocating for Science meeting and Symposium, Boston, September 2016: With keynote speaker Rush Holt, CEO of AAAS, this meeting focused on discussing advocacy for science and a series of...