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Clarity, Collegiality, and Culture on the Tenure Track

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the 32 institutions that the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education has named "campuses with highest levels of pre-tenure faculty job satisfaction." In examining several benchmarks for junior faculty satisfaction — including tenure practices, clarity of tenure expectations, and the climate, culture, and collegiality experienced there — the COACHE team identified exemplar institutions for each of the eight benchmarks. The Harvard analysis is the result of survey results from 15,000 pre-tenure faculty at 127 of COACHE's member institutions across the country. "This year, the University of Iowa was rated 'exceptional' in five categories. Brown and Duke Universities and the City University of New York's Herbert H. Lehman and Queens Colleges were each ranked exceptional in four categories," the Chronicle reports, adding that "rather than just listing the best places to work, the report is meant to highlight best practices and let struggling institutions know about other colleges they can turn to for advice."

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.