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Time Lost

Researcher-parents, especially mothers of small children, have lost research time during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Time of Preprints

Inside Higher Ed reports that the preprint site medRxiv has taken off with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inside Higher Ed reports some university professors are pushing back against plans for increased numbers of in-person classes for next semester.

Academic science, technology, engineering, and medicine job openings are down by 70 percent, according to Science Careers.

UMich Strike Over

Inside Higher Ed reports the graduate student union at the University of Michigan has ended its strike over the school's pandemic response.

What Can Be Told

The Chronicle of Higher Education asks experts what student COVID-19 data may be released.

Inside Higher Ed writes that faculty members who are parents are trying to figure out how to balance the fall semester with childcare.

Reopening Concerns

Science reports that faculty members are concerned about the risks reopening universities during the coronavirus pandemic pose.

Inside Higher Ed reports faculty members want a say in re-opening discussions.

Inside Higher Ed reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for how universities could keep students safe if they return to campus.

The Zoom PhD Defense

At Nature Careers, a postdoc gives advice for graduate students who have to do their PhD defenses remotely.

Bitesize Bio gives some ideas for activities home-bound researchers could take on.

Simple and Clear

A recent study has found jargon in scientific writing can turn readers off, Nature Careers reports.

Gaps in Pay

Nature Careers reports that male researchers at US federal agencies are paid more than their female counterparts, despite mechanisms to prevent wage disparities.

Major Regrets

CNBC reports that many STEM majors, despite their generally higher pay, regret their choice of field.

But Mostly Satisfying

Nature survey reports that PhD students' experiences can be frustrating, but also satisfying.

A proposed rule would deem graduate students at private institutions to not be employees, which ScienceInsider reports might affect unionization efforts.

A Positive Lab

A new study finds that a positive lab environment can encourage undergraduates to continue to perform research.

A new analysis suggests non-US citizen STEM PhDs might pass up jobs at US-based startups due to visa concerns.

A UK survey of researchers who identified as LGBT+ and allies uncovered evidence of unwelcoming workplace climates in the physical sciences.

To Invest in Postdocs

At the Guardian, the University of Edinburgh's Nikolay Ogryzko argues that universities need to better invest in postdocs' careers.

Researchers who go persevere after an early funding setback end up with more highly cited papers later on, according to the Economist.

Starting With Less

Nature News reports that female scientists setting up their first labs tend to have lower salaries and smaller staffs than their male peers.

A new analysis by Northwestern University researchers finds that female and male first-time PIs receive differing amounts of funding.

Some 43 percent of new mothers and 23 percent of new fathers leave full-time employment in STEM in the years after having a child, Science Careers says.

Pages

According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.