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Make Mistakes, Find that Good Fit

Over at her blog, Science Professor considers whether taking a short-term, non-tenure-track teaching position might be of benefit to a person seeking a tenure-track appointment. "I think the experience can be useful," she says. "You can make all sorts of newbie mistakes ... and then, if you do get a TT [tenure-track] job, you will be awesomely prepared and ready to roll — at least in terms of teaching." Additionally, by taking a short-term position, people can get a sense of whether that particular type of institution "is a good fit," or whether they "want to run screaming away from that place as soon as you are able." While it's not a permanent solution, short-term positions can be valuable, Science Professor says. "Check the place out, check the people out, get some teaching experience, and get some visibility," she adds.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.