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The Challenge of Shaping a Programmer

Thomas Mailund has to teach a programming class, and he's not happy about it -- he finds teaching the subject difficult. One reason is having to give lectures, even though he thinks that small groups are best for learning to code. Also, students have to want to be problem-solvers. "Programming is all about solving a larger problem by working around a big pile of smaller problems," he writes. "You get stuck all the time, and need to get yourself 'unstuck.' With experience you will do this faster and faster, and often manage to avoid a lot of the small problems in the first place, but you need to get this experience by actually solving the small problems."

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.