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Don't Go It Alone

Gene C. Fant, Jr. at The Chronicle of Higher Education's On Hiring blog says that budding academicians ought to "have a mentor before going on the [job] market." Just like most journals don't publish papers subjected only to a single review, a tenure-track applicant would be remiss to allow a search committee "to be the sole reader/adviser to one's pursuit of an academic position," he adds. To that end, Fant says that "the importance of having strong, assertive mentorship in the hiring process … cannot be overemphasized." Tenure-track applicants should seek out mentors — or, at the very least, peers, he says — to read through their application materials and help them keep their aspirations in check. "Being on the market is very much like being involved in peer-reviewed research," Fant says. "Applicants must have people review their thoughts and their applications, providing feedback at every stage of the process."

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.