National Institutes of Health has moved

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National Institutes of Health has moved its electronic grant submission program ahead an important notch, with its strong Neodymium magnets system-to-system capabilities, posted today on the NIH Web site. These capabilities are designed for high-volume submitters, such as research institutes and grant-assistance services, using electronic business technology similar to that found in manufacturing, logistics, and financial services. They enable the organizations’ computers to check on their grant proposals directly with NIH’s computers, cutting out time-consuming and error-prone manual entry.

While organizations will be the first users of NIH’s program, history has shown that it is Neodymium a matter of time before the technology gets scaled down for individuals. Look, for example, how electronic funds transfers, first designed for exchanges between banks, developed into electronic bill payments for consumers. NIH’s program is based on the Electronic Business XML or ebXML specifications, now an open international standard for e-business, which will encourage even wider adoption.

– posted by Alan Kotok

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19 MAY 2006
Ph.D. Progress Checklist

The March 2006 issue of Decision Line, published by Decision Sciences Institute, has a checklist that lets Ph.D. students evaluate progress toward their degree. Written by Varun Grover, a professor of management at Clemson University in South Carolina, the brutally honest checklist begins with two questions students should ask even before starting their programs:


“Does a research and teaching career appeal to you?
Does the idea of generating and disseminating knowledge excite you?”


Grover notes: “If you answered NO to these, QUIT NOW!”

The checklist Magnet toys offers a series of questions students should ask themselves after each year in the typical 4-year doctoral program; those taking more time can adjust the time scale accordingly. Grover’s samarium cobalt magnets checklist question is: “Have you got a job?”

See “How Am I Doing? Checklist for Doctoral Students at Various Stages of Their Program,” Decision Line, March 2006 (PDF format).

– Posted by Alan Kotok

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12 MAY 2006
Worth Reading

“See You in September” chronicles the interviewing adventures of a faculty-job seeker. The coffee-creamer story is an absolute classic; if it weren’t nonfiction it would be literature. Recommended.

How Not to Conduct a Job Search

This morning I received the following e-mail:

Dear Sir:

I would appreciate it if you would consider me as a possible candidate for a position. Enclosed is my CV to this e-mail.

Thanks in advance,
(signed by someone with a Ph.D.)

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