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Online Mentorship for STEM Women

With online mentorship, a six-week-long program sponsored by Maria Klawe, the president of Harvey Mudd College, aims to support young women who are interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math by connecting them to women working in those fields, reports The New York Times. Universities like Harvard, MIT, and Stanford are part of the program, called Women in Technology Sharing Online or WitsOn, providing mentors and students alike, and the Times notes that Klawe has also lined up astronaut Mae Jemison and Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior to participate.

"Young women in STEM, more than young men, have a lot of questions about what kind of career they'll have," Dennis Berkey, president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, tells the Times, "whether the rewards are based on performance or the old boys' network, whether it'll let them make a positive impact on the world, and how it will relate to their aspirations for family."

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.