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Ready? Administrate!

There is no training or "scholarly approach" to developing expertise in academic administration, says Comrade PhysioProf. While management and administration is viewed as central and important to business in the corporate world, in academia, it's viewed as a "necessary evil," and most academic administrators end up at their posts "by sheer dumb [luck]," and not because they're any good at the job, he adds. However, if academics don't start actively approaching management theory and practice like they do in the business world, then there may be a growing trend of "corporate d00ds" being hired to manage academic institutions, which academics don't like, PhysioProf says. So it's time for academics to "sacke ... uppe [sic]" and "adopt a scholarly and practical approach to academic management."

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.