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The Plight of Part-Time Grad Students

Over at Inside Higher Ed, Cory Owen says that "in the world of graduate school, part-time students are a group largely invisible to the administration and the professors who run the program." To that end, Owen presents five ways in which grad programs can help part-time students maintain an adequate work-life balance. Professors and administrators should first "be flexible on hours," he says — realizing that often part-time grad students are "coming straight from work or dropping off kids in rush hour traffic just to make it to campus on time" — and discuss their scheduling needs as soon as possible so that their trainees can plan accordingly. Owen also says it's imperative that faculty build a sense of community that's accepting of non-traditional graduate students, such as those who only attend on a part-time basis, and "encourage publishing and conference attendance."

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.