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Robert Drago, "one of the most prominent scholars of policies promoting work-life balance in academe has just given up tenure for love," reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. The former full professor at Penn State has elected to take another job, outside of academia, in Washington, DC, to be closer to his girlfriend while she works toward a doctoral degree in Virginia.

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

The New York Times reports that researchers are combining tools to more quickly develop crops to feed a growing population and cope with shifting climates.

Scientists in Canada are looking to the UK's plan to sequence children with rare conditions for inspiration, the National Post reports.

In PNAS this week: copy number changes arose during polar bear evolution, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the Siberian hamster, and more.