How much does a graduate student cost? Short answer: close to $60k per year. Long answer: Several times in the past few weeks, the topic of graduate student cost has come up. The “real” cost of a graduate student in the sciences, i.e. the money that a grant has to provide to support a graduate … Continue reading The $60,000 graduate student
I came across a short article at Science’s news site that notes that “Up to 1000 NIH Investigators Dropped Out Last Year” — i.e. the number of investigators funded by the NIH is presently dropping, a likely consequence of shrinking funding. The article includes this graph: What I find striking about the graph is the … Continue reading Culling the (science) herd?
I learned from a colleague today that recent astrophysical observations may provide another line of evidence for the existence of dark matter — the almost totally inert “stuff” that that, from indirect inferences, seems to make up most of the mass of the universe. Despite the fact that the nature of dark matter is considered … Continue reading Could dark matter be less boring than I thought?