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'Finding a Better Fit'

Grant Jacobs at Code for Life says that a recent career talk he attended only presented students with information about careers in academia. While Jacobs says it's unreasonable to expect professors to speak beyond their realms of expertise, "those presenting academic career path talks should do their student audience a huge favor and at least mention that the academic path is the exception, not the rule." That many students still aspire to become academic faculty is rooted in an institutionalized "echo chamber," he adds. "For a decent number of years, almost the only thing that students see as 'success' is senior academics." But for graduate students and postdocs who've already devoted years to their training, Jacobs suggests the issue is more "finding a better fit" than academia, rather than "letting go" of it altogether. Institutions ought to "bear some responsibility to show the full range of [PhD career] possibilities," or, at the very least, share with students that as it stands, "less than half of them will remain in academic work," he says.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.