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Pandemic burnout is rampant in academia

Remote working, research delays and childcare obligations are taking their toll on scientists, causing stress and anxiety. Virginia Gewin A year into the coronavirus pandemic, many in the academic scientific workforce are experiencing a state of chronic exhaustion known as burnout. Although it is not a medical condition and can occur in any workplace where there is stress, burnout is

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Hiring for these jobs is on the rise in 2021, according to LinkedIn

In a shift from recent years that have seen tech jobs as one of the most prominent fields for opportunity, the past year showed the rise of human-centric roles to cater to new and urgent needs brought on by the pandemic. LinkedIn’s latest Jobs on the Rise report, a special edition of the career site’s yearly emerging jobs report, saw spikes in hiring

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How the arts can help you to craft a successful research career

Engaging in a creative pursuit can stimulate creativity and foster boldness and tenacity in the lab and beyond. Amber Dance Jeanette McLeod hid her interest in handicrafts for a long time. As a mathematician, she was sometimes the only woman in the room, and she didn’t want to be seen doing something that could be interpreted as frivolous or frilly.

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Job losses and falling salaries batter US academia

Surveys reveal a disquieting picture of institutions under financial stress. Chris Woolston Average salaries for full-time US college and university faculty members fell by almost 0.5% in the 2020–21 academic year when adjusted for inflation, according to a survey by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in Washington DC. It is the first time in nearly a decade that faculty members’

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Uncertain prospects for postdoctoral researchers

Nature’s first-ever survey of this key segment of the scientific workforce uncovers anxiety and doubt about their professional pathway. Chris Woolston As she considers her future, Meihui Wu is committed to staying in science. “I don’t want my skills to go to waste,” says Wu, a postdoctoral researcher in cancer immunology at the Singapore Eye Research Institute. She’s equally sure

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Local news surging with burst of young talent from the School of Communication

Jessica Mardian, a 2020 multimedia journalism graduate, is a producer at WDBJ-7. She’s one of a number of recent School of Communication graduates working in the local news industry in Roanoke. Photo courtesy of Jessica Mardian. Reid Campbell was just beginning his job as a producer at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke when he was tasked with filling in for the 6

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Texas Ended Some Unemployment Benefits So People Would Look For Jobs. Workers Say It’s Not That Simple

Critics say the benefits are a disincentive for people to return to work, but there are likely other issues at play. FLORIAN MARTIN | POSTED ONJUNE 29, 2021, 7:32 AM (LAST UPDATED: JUNE 29, 2021, 5:21 PM) Unemployed workers in Texas are no longer eligible for an extra $300 per week from the federal government and other pandemic unemployment benefits, after Gov. Greg Abbott

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Impact factor abandoned by Dutch university in hiring and promotion decisions

Faculty and staff members at Utrecht University will be evaluated by their commitment to open science. Chris Woolston A Dutch university says it is formally abandoning the impact factor — a standard measure of scientific success — in all hiring and promotion decisions. By early 2022, every department at Utrecht University in the Netherlands will judge its scholars by other

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