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Scientists Rank Fox Chase Cancer Center as One of the Best Places to Work in Academia

The Scientist Magazine Releases Top 10 Best Places to Work in Academia in the U.S.

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 2, 2006)-In a survey conducted by The Scientist Magazine, researchers say Fox Chase Cancer Center is among the best places to work when it comes to conducting academic research. Fox Chase is the highest-ranking cancer center and ninth in a list that includes university giants such as California Institute of Technology, Purdue University and Stanford University.

The Scientist ranked 58 institutions in United States. The survey results appeared in the Oct. 1, 2006 issue of The Scientist (

Fox Chase received high marks for peer interaction, research infrastructure and work environment. Fox Chase's ranking reflects an overall philosophy of providing a stimulating work environment at every level of the institution. Fox Chase also ranked among the top 10 (number six) best places to work for postdoctoral researchers in a separate survey published by The Scientist in March 1, 2006.

"What makes Fox Chase unique, I believe, is the sense of common mission among all employees, said Fox Chase principal investigator Glenn F Rall, PhD , in The Scientist article that accompanied the new survey "As a cancer center that sees many patients each day, we are constantly reminded of our singular emphasis. We may do different things, but our work is all to reduce the burden of human cancer."

Authors of The Scientist article summed up what they found after reviewing more than 1,500 "Best Places" surveys: Around the world, scientists ranked personal fulfillment as the number one factor in determining workplace satisfaction. Good working relationships with peers, institutional management and tenure procedures also ranked among the most important factors.

"We're proud to be able to provide this information to our readers year after year," said Richard Gallagher, The Scientist publisher. "It's important for scientists to be able to tell their peers exactly how they feel about where they work."

Tenured or tenure-track life scientists working in academia or other non-commercial research were invited to take part in an online survey used for the rankings. The questionnaire asked respondents to assess their working conditions and environments by indicating their level of agreement with 39 positive statements in eight different areas. Respondents also indicated which factors were important to them.

To calculate the institutions' overall rankings, The Scientist first weighted each factor based on the percentage of respondents who considered it important. The overall rankings are based on the average score per institution from all respondents on all factors, weighted according to their regional importance.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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