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    Science misinformation alarms Francis Collins as he leaves top NIH job

    Francis Collins has been head of the US National Institutes of Health for longer than any other presidential appointee.Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo/Bloomberg/Getty This month, Francis Collins will step down as director of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) after more than 12 years leading the agency, the world’s biggest public funder of biomedical research. A former head of the Human Genome Project, he championed similar bold, big-budget science efforts, such as the All of Us Project, which aims to study health data from one million people. He led the NIH under three US presidents, steered it through a roiling pandemic, and faced myriad clashes over politics and biomedical science.…

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    Software Engineer Gets Job After 357 Rejections, 6-Month Hunt

    After working in the restaurant industry for six years, Sophia Cheong decided to learn how to code.  She applied to entry-level software engineering jobs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for six months straight.  357 rejections, 40 interviews, and 2 offers later, she’s making more than double her old salary.  Loading Something is loading. Sophia Cheong’s career started at a Korean barbecue restaurant in California, where she worked as a host while completing her bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduating from Fullerton College, she was promoted to assistant general manager and, later, the director of operations. Then a coworker started teaching her how to code.  “I fell in love,”…

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    Opinion | Even With a Dream Job, You Can Be Antiwork

    Evidence for such a reappraisal is, admittedly, more anecdotal than rigorous. It might well be that as soon as labor markets loosen up, workers will again answer to their bosses’ every beck and call. But David Frayne, a sociologist who is the author of “The Refusal of Work,” noted that traumatic events often cause people to reassess their lives and goals. “The pandemic has had the potential to create that kind of disruption on a mass scale,” Frayne told me, and the disruption has created new political opportunities for regulating labor markets in a way that favors workers. He pointed out that in Britain, where he lives, politicians have begun…

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    Why does quitting your job still feel so hard?

    As soon as gyms in the UK went into lockdown in 2020, personal trainer James Jackson quit his job. “I just knew that I had to transition to an online way of working,” says Jackson, 33, from Manchester. “The gym is a busy place, and I couldn’t imagine it being as popular again. I felt that If I hung around too long, I’d miss out on a good opportunity.”  But making the decision to leave was difficult. Jackson had spent eight years building a thriving career and a loyal client base. “It was terrifying to quit,” he says. “Being a personal trainer was all I knew.” He also found other…

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    Job Boards Pop up for Workplaces Without COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

    More companies are implementing vaccine mandates for employees after Pfizer’s FDA approval. Now, job boards are popping up to connect anti-vax workers with employers that don’t require the shot. One site listed multiple openings for nurses at rural nursing homes that said: “No Jab required.” Loading Something is loading. Job boards for sharing open roles at companies that do not require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 have been popping up online as vaccine mandates are becoming more common. One board is hosted on Gab, the social media platform that has been embraced by some conservatives and members of the far-right. In an email sent to users on Wednesday, Gab…

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    37% of the K-12 workforce is considering a job change: Survey

    A new survey from MissionSquare Research Institute reveals the amount of strain COVID-19 has put on the education system — 37% of the K-12 workforce says that the pandemic has them considering changing jobs. “The teachers are not okay, that’s for sure,” Rivka Liss-Levinson, senior research manager at MissionSquare, told Yahoo Finance. She says that many U.S. teachers are at their breaking point.  Key findings from the survey show how much impact working through the COVID-19 pandemic has on teachers compared to their non-teaching counterparts in government jobs. The K-12 workforce is more likely than other government workers to feel stressed (52% vs. 35%), burnt out (52% vs. 34%), and…

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    Here’s what to think about before you quit your job

    MoMo Productions | Getty Images More than a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, many American employees who have been working from home are itching to get moving again. But that doesn’t necessarily mean returning to the office. For many, it means finding new jobs. A survey released by Bankrate.com this week found that 55% of Americans plan to look for a new position in the next year. Their top motivations: greater flexibility and higher pay. More from Personal Finance:Pandemic pushes search for remote jobs up 460%55% of Americans anticipate looking for a new jobJobs are still down 22% for low-wage workers Dubbed the Great Resignation, the expected influx of career…

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