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Scientists are more likely to build successful careers when they find a workplace that suits their personality, according to a new guide from Science Careers.

Researchers tend to focus on their technical skills and the “nuts and bolts of finding a job,” said Allison Pritchard, the guide’s editor, but the new booklet urges them to consider the personal elements that make a workplace a good fit.

Patricia Wallace, one of the people behind a Web site that connects, informs, and helps mentor gifted math and science students, sees the online resource as a way to nurture this country’s next generation of innovators.

Amid concerns about U.S. innovation and jobs, a new prize—being launched by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in concert with AAAS—will recognize successful university-based commercialization activities.

Whether through the application of forensic science to human rights abuses or the use of statistics to assist a human rights tribunal in understanding the dynamics of a mass human rights violation, scientists and human rights organizations often find their work intertwined. Sometimes, though, they do not feel completely comfortable in each others’ worlds.

Thousands of scientists from around the world will travel to San Diego, California, this week to hear from top researchers as they describe ground-breaking work in science, technology, engineering, and education.

But beyond learning about new findings on the frontiers of neuroscience, medicine, the environment, and others, many attendees of the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting—which runs 18-22 February—will also be looking to advance their careers.