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Gary McDowell

Future of Research
San Francisco Bay Area
I am the Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, Future of Research, which is advocating for and with junior researchers to fix problems they perceive with academia. I am studying U.S. biomedical postdocs as a model of how the training and incentive structure in academia needs improvement. I've recently published openly an analysis of U.S. Census data about the the biomedical workforce, and have developed open resources on changes to labor law and the subsequent effect on postdoc salaries. I assist local groups of junior researchers in organizing workshops and meetings to educate themselves on issues in science, and brainstorm ways of fixing problems they identify.