Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here
The University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom is facing criticism after it used information about scientists’ research income and publication records to identify redundancies. In a statement to Nature’s news team, the university says that a five-year average of research income was used to identify researchers whose jobs could be at risk, and that “a range of factors that might remove colleagues from the pool of those potentially at risk were then considered, including the contribution of positive citation metrics where appropriate”. Critics say these quantitative measures of performance concentrate too much on publication records while failing to acknowledge other types of work, including teaching, committee work and peer review.
Paediatrician Rachel Levine has been sworn in as the assistant secretary for health, one of the top health roles in the United States. The former Pennsylvania health secretary is the highest-ranking openly transgender official in the country. Researchers familiar with her work laud her drive to improve the health of marginalized people through conventional public-health measures and by trying to remedy inequities arising from social and political factors. “COVID-19 has shown us the tip of the iceberg of the lack of health equity,” Levine told Nature last September.
Website of source
- A coronavirus epidemic may have hit East Asia about 25,000 years ago – Science News Magazine
- University of Minnesota Duluth guts old science building before renovation – Duluth News Tribune
- Guide for science outreach – EurekAlert
- New York Academy of Sciences opens nominations for 2022 Innovators in Science Award in Gastroenterology – PRNewswire
- National academy may eject two famous scientists for sexual harassment – Science Magazine
- Nation’s biggest science communications conference back on at CU – CU Boulder Today
- Middle Eastern countries ramp up their scientific publications – Science Magazine
- Two research projects to be receive funds from Samsung Science & Technology Foundation – EurekAlert
- Climate Media vs. Climate Science – The Wall Street Journal