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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

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.