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That Vague "Collegiality" Score

At Blue Lab Coats, DrdrA discusses her answers to YoungFemaleScientist's poll on what is the "single most important criterion" for hiring decisions. DrdrA says that, for her, it's not so simple as just the postdoc PI or number of papers. Rather, she creates a ranking system from the cover letter, CV, and research plan and is on the lookout for first-author papers, high-quality journals, prior or pending grants, and if the research area is competitive and fundable. She also tries to keep in mind that the applicant will be a colleague and that collegiality is important as well.


The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.