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Scientists Say Fox Chase Cancer Center Ranks as One of the Best Places to Work in Academia in the U.S.

The Scientist Magazine Releases Top 10 Best Places to Work

PHILADELPHIA (November 29, 2004) -- In a recent 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 ranks 8th in a list that includes university giants such as California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, Purdue University and the University of Michigan.

The Scientist ranked 66 institutions from the United States. The survey results appeared in the November 8, 2004 issue of The Scientist (

Fox Chase received high marks for its facilities and sense of community. "The work environment is very conducive to research at Fox Chase," said Dorothy Beacham, a visiting scientist in the tumor cell biology program. "The core facilities are superb." Core facilities are fully funded facilities that provide all Fox Chase researchers with the latest in technology needed for a vast array of scientific projects.

Authors of The Scientist article sum up what they found after reviewing more than 1,400 "Best Places" surveys: Across the world, scientists are surprisingly uniform in their needs. Adequate laboratory and research facilities for themselves and their co-workers topped the list in just about every country in the world. Also high in the ranking was a desire to have good working relationships with peers.

"The benefits of working at Fox Chase Cancer Center attracts people with families, single and married individuals, or those just out of college," said Helen Chang, a researcher in the basic science division.

Non-commercial researchers from around the world 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's ranking reflects an overall philosophy of providing a stimulating work environment at every level of the institute. Earlier this year, a separate survey by The Scientist ranked Fox Chase as the number one place to work for postdoctoral researchers. In 2002, Philadelphia Magazine named Fox Chase as one of the best places to work in the region. The American Nurses Association recognized Fox Chase as an excellent workplace for nursing by honoring it in 2004 with its second Magnet award for nursing excellence. The subsidized daycare program for the children of employees is one of only 5 percent of daycare programs in the United States to receive national accreditation for its outstanding child development credentials.

Fox Chase Cancer Center was founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as the nation's first cancer hospital. In 1974, Fox Chase became one of the first institutions designated as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. Fox Chase conducts basic, clinical, population and translational research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at

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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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