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Two UW Postdocs Explain 'Postdoc Power'

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Springtime on the University of Washington campus. The Board of Regents announced this morning that University of Utah president Michael Young will take the top post at the U.W.

Post-doctoral researchers occupy sort of a gray area on many university campuses. They're no longer students, but they aren't ready to be professors either. You see postdocs a lot in the sciences, where that extra lab time is virtually required before having a university lab of one's own.

Their unique situation is one reason why some postdocs at the University of Washington are trying to form a union.

Brian Weitzner is a postdoc in the biochemistry department and Carolyn Brotherton works in microbiology. They explain why they think a union is the best way to address their concerns.

The conversation above is one of two exploring labor issues facing post-doctoral researchers. The first conversation is a broader look at how postdocs have changed.

A Seattle native and former knkx intern, Simone Alicea has returned to the Pacific Northwest from covering breaking news at the Chicago Sun-Times. She earned her Bachelor's of Journalism from Northwestern University. During her undergraduate career, she spent time in Cape Town, South Africa, covering metro news for the Cape Times.
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