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'Just Ask'

Blogger Prof-like Substance says that serving on a National Science Foundation panel can be as simple as just asking to do so. Prof-like says that when he began his tenure-track position, he phoned a PO at NSF to express interest in serving on a review panel. "In the next round I was asked," he says. "POs spend a lot of time and energy trying to fill out [their] panels, finding the right mix of career stages, gender, academic background … et cetera." Prof-like warns that panel service "is a huge amount of work, so it's not exactly something you just jump on." However, panel service is a great forum for young investigators to gain an insider's view of NSF reviews. "For all of you out there wondering about the process and what the life and times of a panelist are, take advantage of this. It was extremely helpful for me and I have received similar feedback from others who have been early-career people on panels," Prof-like says.

The Scan

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.

DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.