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+ - Most Common Job for New UK Biology Grads? Retail and Food Service->

Submitted by Jim_Austin
Jim_Austin (1073454) writes "For recent UK first-degree (bachelor's) recipients, the most common job varies widely depending on the field of your degree, a new study shows. Chemists most often take jobs as "science professionals." For CS/IT grads--and also physics majors--"IT professional" is the most common career outcome. But for biology graduates--and also for majors in "physical and geographical sciences"--the most common employment sector is “retail, catering, waiting and bar staff.""
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+ - Statistician Creates Mathematical Model to Predict The Future of Game of Thrones

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "One way of predicting the future is to study data about events in the past and build a statistical model that generates the same pattern of data. Statisticians can then use the model to generate data about the future. Now one statistician has taken this art to new heights by predicting the content of the soon-to-be published novels in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin. The existing five novels are the basis of the hit TV series Game of Thrones. Each chapter in the existing books is told from the point of view of one of the characters. So far, 24 characters have starred in this way. The statistical approach uses the distribution of characters in chapters in the first five books to predict the distribution in the forthcoming novels. The results suggest that several characters will not appear at all and also throw light on whether one important character is dead or not, following an ambiguous story line in the existing novels. However, the model also serves to highlight the shortcomings of purely statistical approaches. For example, it does not 'know' that characters who have already been killed off are unlikely to appear in future chapters. Neither does it allow for new characters that might appear. Nevertheless, this statistical approach to literature could introduce the process of mathematical modelling to more people than any textbook."

+ - College Majors and the Jobs They Lead To->

Submitted by Jim_Austin
Jim_Austin (1073454) writes "Late last week, the U.S. Census Bureau posted an excellent interactive infographic that connects college majors with the occupations people with those majors end up in--and vice versa. For example, it shows--to no one's surprise--that people with majors in computers, mathematics, and statistics end up working as computer workers about half the time, with significant numbers going on to work in math and statistics (and a few in other science fields). More surprising is that nearly half end up doing work unrelated to science, tech, engineering, etc. It works the other way, too; by mousing over the "computer worker" category you see that the largest chunk of computer workers come from computer, math, and statistics majors, with another large chunk coming from engineering. But significant numbers also come from several other majors.

Some of the insights are startling. Only about a fifth (to perhaps a fourth) of physical science majors end up working in any scientific or technical field, and fewer than 10% of physical science majors work in the physical sciences. And only about an eighth of all graduates in the broad category of biological, agricultural, and environmental scientists end up working in fields related to science, engineering, and technology."

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+ - What's Your College Degree Worth?->

Submitted by Jim_Austin
Jim_Austin (1073454) writes "A recent study by economist Douglas Webber calculates the lifetime earnings premium of college degrees in various broad areas, accounting for selection bias--that is, for the fact that people who already are likely to do well are also more likely to go to college. These premiums are not small. Science Careers got exclusive access to major-specific data, and published an article that tells how much more you can expect to earn because you got that college degree--for engineering, physics, computer science, chemistry, and biology majors."
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+ - Best Alternative Client for Outlook/M$ Cloud Mail 2

Submitted by James-NSC
James-NSC (1414763) writes "My company is switching from onprem mail to a hosted "Exchange Online". This requires Outlook 2013, however, O13 is a *really bad* mail client — particularly in it's search function. Worst case I'll use two clients, one for actually interacting with my email and Outlook to interact with it's services, but it would be super handy if there was a good client that also supports all of the various added "functionality" bundled with Outlook. As I'm sure I'm not the first to be subjected to the "everything is better, because Cloud!" line of IT executive reasoning, what have my fellow /.'rs used as a mailer in this setup?"

+ - A New Book Debunks the STEM-Shortage Myth->

Submitted by Jim_Austin
Jim_Austin (1073454) writes "In an authoritative new book, Michael Teitelbaum takes on the current and recurrent myths of science/tech worker shortages, concluding that "the alarms about widespread shortages or shortfalls in the number of U.S. scientists and engineers are quite inconsistent with nearly all available evidence;" that "similar claims of the past were politically successful but resulted in a series of booms and busts that did harm to the U.S. science and engineering enterprise and made careers in these fields increasingly unattractive;" and that "the clear signs of malaise in the U.S. science and engineering workforce are structural in origin and cannot be cured simply by providing additional funding.""
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+ - More on the Disposable Tech Worker-> 1

Submitted by Jim_Austin
Jim_Austin (1073454) writes "At a press conference this week, in response to a question by a Science Careers reporter, Scott Corley, the Executive Director of immigration-reform group Compete America, argued that retraining workers doesn't make sense for IT companies. For the company, he argued, H-1B guest workers are a much better choice. "It's not easy to retrain people," Corley said. "The further you get away from your education the less knowledge you have of the new technologies, and technology is always moving forward.""
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+ - "STEM Shortage" Debate Reveals Fundamental Disagreements, Some Common Ground->

Submitted by Jim_Austin
Jim_Austin (1073454) writes "Among the usual arguments over whether a shortage (or a glut) exists of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers, some illuminating statements were made. Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Information Foundation (ITIF), seemed to imply that STEM-shortage claim is at least in part a rhetorical device aimed at encouraging U.S. educational reform. That's an angle I hadn't seen before. There is also a clear tendency on the part of the pro-shortage crowd to lump all fields together, whereas those who don't see a generalized shortage insist on distinguishing among fields."
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Comment: Not factual (Score 1) 153

Safety is about learning to do things with good technique. Surgeons learn good sterile technique--and many operations are improvisational. Precisely the same thing: If you know what you're doing, you can skillfully and safely handle the unexpected. The idea that safety in industry is about filling out forms is also false. Unfortunately it's a tale that many academic scientists repeatedly tell themselves, and it helps reinforce the (lazy) status quot. (I do not mean that people working in academic labs are lazy; as others have pointed out, they work too much. I'm saying that as a culture, academia is lazy about safety and messages like this reinforce that.) In industry, people learn good technique--just like the surgeon. They view safety considerations as a routine part of what they do. If you're a coder, I assume, you annotate your code, or structure it well. (Sorry, it's been decades since I did any significant coding, or had anything to do with it really.) In the lab you use good technique: sterility, controls, safety. It all fits together into the skill set that defines you as a professional and not some brilliant hack.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky

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