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Like a Boss

Female Science Professor says "there is no doubt that we professors are managers in many ways," not least because of the paperwork involved. But, she says despite the many similarities, the title PI is not necessarily synonymous with boss. "We are advisors, not employers," she says. "The employer is the university." For example, FSP says she can't simply "fire" an advisee. "Perhaps the argument that professors aren't really employers or managers in a business or industry sense is analogous to the argument that students who are research and teaching assistants may — or may not, depending on your opinion — be 'workers' in the same sense as employees who are not also students," she adds. In a comment to this post, moom suggests that, as a PI, "your position relative to the student is similar to the chairman relative to you — or an immediate manager — rather than the CEO in a company."

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.