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Navigating the First Year

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. Sciencewoman ends with suggesting that the mentor encourage work-life balance and that perhaps inviting colleagues out to an event would do the trick.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.