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At Least You’ve Got Three More Letters After Your Name

Over at the blog, On Being a Scientist and Being a Woman, the blogger reposts advice compiled by Yale's Stephen Stearns to help science grad students make it through their PhD programs. From preparing for the worst, making sure you know that no one cares about you, and learning how to demand respect; to carefully planning your thesis research, Stearns offers a lot of hard-won wisdom. ScienceWoman adds her own, including making friends with your fellow grad students and expecting everything to take longer – 60-hour weeks are normal – than you think it will.

(So, is paying back your loans after you've gotten that doctorate the fun part?)


The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.