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Step Up, Take Charge

Over at Inside Higher Ed, Yale University's Stephen Stearns says graduate students would be best to prepare for every possible worst-case scenario. "Assume that your proposed research might not work, and that one of your faculty advisers might become unsupportive — or even hostile," Stearns says. "Plan for alternatives." Stearns even says "nobody cares about" grad students, and because of that, they ought to take their training into their own hands. It's important, too, that grad students propose and possess their own research projects, because "if someone hands you a problem, you won't feel that it is yours" and, as a result, "you won't have that possessiveness that makes you want to work on it, defend it, fight for it, and make it come out beautifully," he says. When it comes to advisor-advisee relationships, Stearns says grad students should step up early and on their own accord. "Nothing elicits dominant behavior like subservient behavior," he says. "Expect and demand to be treated like a colleague." He suggests the "implicit hurdle" that students face throughout their graduate training is "attaining the status of a colleague." To that, he says, "act like one and you'll be treated like one."

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.