At Sciencewomen, a reader writes in asking about the mentoring needs of first-year faculty members. The blogger Sciencewoman writes that "mentoring has to be a two-way street" -- that the faculty member should be comfortable going to the mentor but that the mentor should also initiate meetings. She adds that "one of the biggest sources of stress for first year faculty is time management and prioritization" and that advice on how to balance time demands would likely be helpful.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

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