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Which Way to Lean?

If a woman wants a career in science, technology, engineering, and math, the California Institute of Technology's Frances Arnold says she has to seize it herself.

"Bemoaning your fate is not going to solve the problem," Arnold, an award-winning biochemical engineer, tells NPR. "One has to move forward." While she notes that there may be people who say that women don't perform as well in STEM fields, those naysayers should be ignored as you strive for what you want.

But as NPR's Kelly McEvers reports, some women say that such a 'lean in' approach isn't their style. "I consider myself an introvert," says Nikki Peck, a bioengineering graduate student. "I have a hard time just like talking to people. You know, it's hard for me to get up sort of the initiative to, you know, lean in or just do it."

Peck is taking a year off to work at Calico, a company founded by Google to study longevity, and McEvers says that Peck is worried about working in a field where women get good jobs, but for some reason don't seem to stay in them — possibly because the demands of juggling such high-powered careers and a family are problem still waiting to be solved.

The Scan

Steps for Quick Review

The US Food and Drug Administration is preparing for the quick review of drugs and vaccines for the Omicron variant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Moving Away From Using Term 'Race'

A new analysis finds that geneticists are using the term "race" in their papers less than in years past, as Science reports.

Point of the Program

The Guardian writes that some scientists have called the design of a UK newborn sequencing program into question.

Science Papers Present Multi-Omic Analysis of Lung Cells, Regulation of Cardiomyocyte Proliferation

In Science this week: a multi-omic analysis of lung cells focuses on RIT1-regulated pathways, and more.