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Systems Biology is changing the way biology is done. Is it a fad or is it effective? This blog tracks current happenings and helps you stay on top of the field. You can find a list of relevant papers at systems biology paper watch Have you heard a talk or read a paper in bioinformatics / systems biology you would like to tell other people about? Email: and get the word out!

Thursday, September 04, 2008 released its 2008 salary survey today. There are some interesting tools in there to find out the average pay for professors of different rank in different states (Avg pay for tenured faculty in California is 150K). Somewhat disturbing is the observation that women at the same rank make significantly less than men (23% less pay for women full professors vs men).

Check it out:

As most reports of this type tend to show that salaries are rising over time in the life sciences fields, how does this jive with reports that there are a glut of postdocs with fewer than 20% finding faculty positions? Isn't this breaking some supply-demand curves? Or does this just mean that theres a glut of inadequately trained PhDs? Maybe this is a job for freakonomics!