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Be Engaged

Not only can public engagement add important lines to a CV, it can also help researchers polish certain needed skills, writes Heather Doran, a project officer in public engagement with research at the University of Aberdeen, at the Nature Jobs Blog.

For example, she says that presenting work to different audiences, such as at a secondary school, another public forum, or to researchers outside their main field, can boost researchers' confidence and help them learn to discuss their work in a way that is generally understandable. "Learning to communicate with those outside your research field clearly about your work can also help create two-way conversations and may shape and lead to new research projects," Doran adds.

Additionally, such skills will come in handy when hunting for a job. "After all, the best way to demonstrate to potential employers, both academic and non-academic that you have gained these translational skills is by providing specific examples of how you have used them," she adds.

The Scan

Steps for Quick Review

The US Food and Drug Administration is preparing for the quick review of drugs and vaccines for the Omicron variant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Moving Away From Using Term 'Race'

A new analysis finds that geneticists are using the term "race" in their papers less than in years past, as Science reports.

Point of the Program

The Guardian writes that some scientists have called the design of a UK newborn sequencing program into question.

Science Papers Present Multi-Omic Analysis of Lung Cells, Regulation of Cardiomyocyte Proliferation

In Science this week: a multi-omic analysis of lung cells focuses on RIT1-regulated pathways, and more.