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The Sweet Circular Logic of Tenure

When Rob Knop was a junior faculty member he says he went to a meeting where an associate provost said that grant support wasn't necessary to receive tenure, and that the applicant only needed to be an excellent researcher. The provost continued to say that to be a good researcher in the sciences means continual funding — and that means having more than one grant.

We're a bit confused, too. Anybody else have fun tenure stories? Share them on our comments page.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.