At our first lab meeting since the COVID-19 lockdowns were lifted, I sensed unease. After taking a seat at a large table, I noticed that no one seemed to want to sit next to me. As more people shuffled in, most of my labmates huddled on the opposite side of the table. Someone mentioned the “kung flu.” Another labmate “joked” that Asians really ought to be wearing masks, especially in small gatherings such as lab meetings. It took me a few moments to realize that—as the only Asian person in the room—they were likely talking about me. I know I should have been wearing a mask, but I wasn’t the only person in the room without one. Read More.
On a typical workday, Katy Hosbein—a postdoc in chemistry education at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina—attends lab meetings on Zoom and logs into Slack to connect with lab members. That work arrangement will sound familiar to many scientists now, in the age of COVID-19. But it isn’t new for Hosbein; she’s worked remotely from Portland, Oregon, since July 2019. Read More.
The 17th annual Top Employers Survey features a surprise: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, an RNA-interference therapeutics company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, earned the No. 1 spot in its first appearance in the survey rankings. Some responses from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry are similar to those in previous surveys, however. Respondents valued innovation above all, while noting industry changes around drug pricing, regulations, and policies as well as an increasing emphasis on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Read the full survey results.
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