Steve Higgins is teaching a Psychology 100 class this semester for the first time and has learned some valuable lessons from his mid-term student evaluations. One, be specific with your language, two, the evaluations from students don't matter that much ("It would be really helpful if students could be prompted to be much more critical of me and my teaching style/skills," he writes), and three, evals from experienced teachers are the most useful.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

In PLOS this week: mechanisms for genes implicated in coronary artery disease, rumen microbes and host genetics influence cow methane production, and more.