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AAAS and partners debut new online networks for clinical and minority scientists
Date:10/21/2009

To help scientists and science trainees who hope to translate laboratory research into clinical medicine and to help minority scientists navigate their career paths, AAAS, Science Careers, and Science are launching a pair of online social-networking sites.

The networks have been designed to serve two distinct groups: CTSciNet is a community for people pursuing careers in clinical and translational research, and MySciNet is a network focused on nurturing diversity in the scientific workforce. They were launched 20 October by Science Careers, AAAS's career development initiative.

Both sites were developed by AAAS along with contributions from several scientific societies and with corporate and foundation funding. CTSciNet was funded by a generous grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. MySciNet is sponsored by Genentech and Pfizer.

"These networks seek to promote the professional development of the scientists while helping to meet key science policy objectives," said Jim Austin, editor of Science Careers and MySciNet and principal investigator for the CTSciNet project. "With MySciNet we are addressing the critical issue of science workforce diversity," Austin continued. And with CTSciNet, "we want to show early career scientists how they can help solve one of the most important scientific challenges of our lifetimes: figuring out how to efficiently translate scientific breakthroughs into practical therapies."

The new social networks offer free, secure virtual communities for scientists at all career stages. After registering, users can post and respond to questions on career-related, academic, scientific, or social subjects; join virtual groups on specific topics or for specific organizations; read articles on navigating a career path; and pass along articles and hyperlinks from outs
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Contact: Benjamin Somers
bsomers@aaas.org
202-326-6414
American Association for the Advancement of Science
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