• A new report from the National Academy of Sciences documents the career trajectories of postdoctoral researchers. Not only are the percentage of Ph.D.’s who pursue a postdoc growing, but the duration of postdoctoral training is also increasing. Read “The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited” at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/18982/the-postdoctoral-experience-revisited.
  • The National Science Foundation has released a video interview with Dr. James L. Olds, the new Assistant Director for the Directorate for Biological Sciences. View the video at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/discvideos.jsp?org=NSF&cntnid=133539&media_id=77580.
  • The National Park Service has named Raymond Sauvajot as the new leader of the National Resources Stewardship and Science Directorate, which conducts ecosystem monitoring and provides science advice to the agency. Sauvajot is an ecologist by training and has worked at the National Park Service for 21 years.
  • The federal government has launched a challenge to citizen scientists to generate ideas for data-driven apps that support the resilience of communities and natural systems. More than $35,000 in prizes will be awarded as part of the Climate Resilience Data Challenge. Learn more at http://www.topcoder.com/earthscience/crdc/.
  • New troves of data relating to water and ecosystems have been released on climate.data.gov. The datasets including information about streamflow, soil, landcover, and biodiversity.


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