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Study: Some Professors Can't Be Bothered

Times Higher Education's Jack Grove this week reports on a study that suggests "some professors are perceived to shirk their role as advisers and are viewed as 'personal glory seekers,'" he says. Of the 1,200 academic staff respondents to a Leadership Foundation for Higher Education-commissioned survey, 53 percent said "they did not receive sufficient help or advice from professorial staff," Grove says, while 14 percent said they did receive sufficient support. Study lead Linda Evans at University of Leeds tells Times Higher Ed that one respondent described professors as "prima donnas, bullies and not team players." Another, she adds, expressed that professors seem to be "only looking after their own interests." While Evans says the survey comments were predominantly negative, there were some positive notes. "It's certainly not a case of 'professor bashing,'" Evans tells Times Higher Ed. Evans says the survey results may point to a larger issue — that professors are typically hired for their research and teaching records, not for their abilities as advisors. "If we are not careful we will be pulling professors in too many directions. They are not Superman — we can't push them into roles they do not want or cannot do," she says.

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.