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Not as Hoped

Faculty at Rutgers University are disappointed with a process aimed at addressing pay equity, saying that it instead reinforces those inequities, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

It adds that faculty there who think they are underpaid are encouraged to identify higher-paid peers at the university or at other universities to make their case for a pay increase. But a number of faculty members, particularly at Rutgers' Camden campus, tell the Chronicle that though they uncovered differences in pay in the range of tens of thousands of dollars, they were offered pay increases of a few thousand dollars.

The university union, Rutgers AAUP-AFT, tells it that the university sometimes changed the comparators to include faculty members of lower ranks or included Camden faculty members whose salaries were generally lower.

"It's very sad that a program that was so promising was instead used to further entrench inequities," Rebecca Kolins Givan, an associate professor at the New Brunswick campus, tells the Chronicle.

The Chronicle notes that Jonathan Holloway, the Rutgers president, referenced the pay equity dispute in an address to the university senate last month, but declined to comment as negotiations are ongoing.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.