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'Quantify and Convince'

In PLoS Computational Biology this week, editor-in-chief Philip Bourne proposes "10 simple rules for getting ahead as a computational biologist in academia." Bourne outlines how computational biologists can "maximize the appreciation of your research-related activities" in CVs, research statements, personal statements, cover letters, and related materials, so that an academic committee can appreciate applicants' ideas "on what is important in our field." Rule two — "quantify and convince" — speaks volumes to Bourne's overall message: "educate the committee members, who have a range of expertise, on what they should find important" when looking to promote computational biology faculty. In part, he adds, this involves using modern tools to quantify academic standing and publication impact — in place of emphasizing journal impacts — as well as one's data deposition, curation, and other related activities. Overall, as he emphasizes in rules three through five, computational biologists must make their expertise "count."

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.