What are you reading, watching, thinking about this week? As usual, here’s a few which have been on our mind. Let us know your thoughts on any/all of them. If you have items youâ€™d like us to consider for the top five, add them in the comments or send them to Tom or Mike.
“Where are the jobs” is a hot topic on campus and has a lot of relationship to politics.Â Here’s a sampler from Tom:
1.Â From Where the Jobs Are (and Aren’t) [in Poli-Sci] (Scott Jaschik. Inside Higher Education. 9/3/2010):
During the question-and-answer period, several exchanges pointed to lingering cultural gaps between academic departments training political scientists and those entities that might hire them. One woman from a government agency said that she loves to hire political science Ph.D.s, but is frustrated when so many discussions lead to statements like: “My adviser really wants me to become a professor. Am I selling out?”
2.Â Tom knows that this is from last year, but as the fall term begins at PSU-Hershey Medical Center, he finds it just as relevant as last year.Â Medical Students Face Uncertain Futures Video: Medical students are facing a decision that’s not only crucial to their own future, but also to the entire health care system: whether to choose a specialty or practice general medicine. Note: related article Summer of Work Exposes Medical Students to Systemâ€™s Ills (Kevin Sack. NY Times. 9/8/2009).Â In a future post Tom will share thoughts about the rigorous nature of education in the health care professions.
Financial incentives are only one piece of their decision.Â “Some of the students get out there and see the doctors that they’re working with almost killing themselves.Â Working eighty hours a week.” (Dr. Roger A. Rosenblatt, Director, Rural/Undeserved Opportunities Program).
“You hear about the stories of physician burnout and going into primary care.Â It was kind of just reiterated over the summer … One pediatrician that I worked most closely with would see between 9 – 5 would see approximately 40 -45 patients (Jacob R. Opfer, Student) — Medical Students Face Uncertain Futures Video
3. What does undergraduate student engagement in politics look like?Â College Students on the Fence Video: The students at Colorado State University are not likely to be predictable on election day brings to one’s attention the draw of one-off young voter enticement through entertainment, but underscores the lack of long term sustainability of such approach.Â Maybe we should ask the Poli-Sci PhDs for input.Â Will they be hired for such campaigns?Â Are they analyzing them?Â Are they already involved in running them?
“A bunch of friends are graduating and they’re working at fast food restaurants with a bachelor’s degree. I think that it’s affecting this young generation more than any” (Undergraduate student at Colorado State University).Â Note:Â related article Fewer Young Voters See Themselves as Democrats (Kirk Johnson. NY Times. 9/2/2010).
Some links from Mike on a new church-and-state-education court ruling and scientific misconduct after the jump. [Read more…] about Week in Review: Where the Jobs Are Edition