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What Work/Life Balance?

Pat at the Fairer Science blog says that Justine Cassell, incoming director of Carnegie Mellon University's Human Computer Interaction Institute, has given "one of the best responses ever" to the question of how she deals with "with work/life balance." In a Q&A-style profile for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Cassell says:

I don't believe in the concept of a 'work/life balance.' This phrasing seems to indicate that work and life are on opposite sides of the scale, competing with one another for my attention and my love. They seem to indicate that time spent on one takes away from time spent on the other. I, on the other hand, (try to) live a synergy model I have spent my whole life trying to integrate my work and my life, so that the whole is more than the sum of the parts.
The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.