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Academic Year in Review

At the end of her first year as a faculty member, ScienceWoman looks back at how it all went. On some fronts she was successful: keeping her research pipeline going, piping up on important issues, and being collegial. She lists, though, 15 aspects of life in academia that she would like to work on, including being better prepared for her courses, scheduling ("How do you get in the field if you teach (or have meetings) five days a week?"), and establishing collaborations.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.