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Request: the-scientist Topic: overview Document Updated: 15 Dec 92 Subject: Overview of THE SCIENTIST OVERVIEW OF "THE SCIENTIST" 15 December 1992 THE SCIENTIST is a biweekly tabloid newspaper, published in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) and distributed internationally to research scientists, managers, and administrators in industry, academia, and government. Although its news articles, features, departments and opinion pieces are targeted at science professionals in all disciplines, the majority of the publication's 30,000 subscribers are associated with the life sciences. And most of these life scientists are directly or indirectly connected to the burgeoning biotechnology marketplace. With its focus on the career concerns of professional researchers, THE SCIENTIST is unique among the host of publications available to scientists. Rather than presenting original research papers or hard-news coverage of breakthroughs in esoteric scientific pursuits, THE SCIENTIST delivers information on the workplace itself--the issues and events conditioning the professional environment in which researchers conduct their professional lives: funding legislation; salary surveys; new grants; blossoming areas of study that are likely to provide the greatest opportunities for career advancement; the controversial ethical debates that shape today's workplace; the interplay of industrial, academic, and governmental research. THE SCIENTIST's editorial package is presented to readers in five distinctive sections: News; Opinion; Research; Tools & Technology; and Profession. APPENDIX: * NEWS: Because The Scientist reaches its readers every two weeks, the editors presume that other publications are better positioned to provide sufficient coverage of "breaking news." The mission of The Scientist's News section, then, is to put the latest news in perspective for its career-minded readers, with incisive assessments of its impact on the working lives of professional researchers, managers, and administrators. In this regard, the publication's purview is unique in its breadth: the paper fosters reflection by its readers not only on their professional roles in relation to science-specific matters-- but also in relation to the nonscientific world at large and the major events, from national elections to natural disasters, that shape the world in which today's researchers ply their trade. The NEWS section also enlightens readers on such urgent matters as the anticipated shortage of scientists and the effort to recruit more women and minorities into the science profession. Most distinctive, perhaps, is THE SCIENTIST's persistence in tracking and reporting on the individual researchers, the front-running that are driving the scientific enterprise today and setting its standards for years to come. * OPINION: Probing exploration of critical issues-- matters of considerable import to the researcher's professional life--are at the heart of this part of the publication. The Opinion section also serves--in the form of a lively Letters department--as a forum for its highly vocal readership. * RESEARCH: What are the latest trends in biochemical investigation? Why is a particular team of scientists consistently coming up with breakthroughs in their field? What are the "hottest" scientific papers of the day as measured by "citation analysis"? What individuals, institutions, states, and nations are documentably emerging as the leaders in scientific investigation? The Research section of THE SCIENTIST answers these and other questions in issue after issue in order to illuminate readers about the scientific context in which they are pursuing their own careers--and about the scientific and professional options that may be available in disciplines other than their own. * TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY: While this section lets readers in on the latest developments in laboratory instruments and systems and in computer-based hardware and software that supports lab work, it also examines the relationships between these tools and the researchers who use them, as well as issues of impact on the scientific workplace. The publication's Tools & Technology sections have focused, for example, on new environmental regulations and the effect they are having on traditional methods for disposing of lab waste disposal; the need for vigilantly monitoring lab safety; how bargain-hunting scientists can beat the skyrocketing cost of laboratory equipment; and advances in computational software. * PROFESSION: The Profession section presents thought- provoking articles on the "bread-and-butter" aspects of the typical scientist's working world. Subjects have included: a "tutorial" on how an academic lab can best prepare for an on-site visit by National Institutes of Health examiners. The section offers practical advice on topics such as resume preparation and networking at scientific society meeting; tips on how an organization or an individual scientist should go about organizing a scientific meeting or seminar series; what a researcher who suddenly finds himself or herself in the public limelight must do to prepare for interviews by the press and television reporters. Also in the Profession section, readers are alerted to funding information with which they may not be familiar and rundowns on salaries in specific scientific disciplines. The People department of this section provides special coverage of the science community's highest achieving men and women plus passed away.

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