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Right, Plan Ahead

Blue Lab Coats' DrdrA has some advice for those of you looking to get tenured. Be patient, but plan carefully. Even if it seems like an abstract goal far off in the future, start looking up requirements and figuring out the process you're going to have to go through, she says. "In looking at the requirements on paper, you are going to want to know what the expectation is for the three areas that pretty much everyone in an academic position has some responsibility for: Research, teaching and service," DrdrA adds. For research, you must have published papers and bring in external grant money. But as far as how many papers and what "level or quality" they need to be, that depends on your institution. And the same can be said of the grants, DrdrA says. Whether the grants required are NIH grants or if any federal or foundation grants will do also depends on the institution and its needs. The point is that, DrdrA suggests, while tenure may see a long way off, those four to five years pass quickly, and knowing the requirements of your department or college ahead of time can get you ready for tenure more quickly.

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.