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    1. Neuroscience

    Science Forum: How failure to falsify in high-volume science contributes to the replication crisis

    Sarah M Rajtmajer, Timothy M Errington, Frank G Hillary
    An increased emphasis on falsification – the direct testing of strong hypotheses – will lead to faster progress in science by allowing well-specified hypotheses to be eliminated.
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    Reproductive Rights: Having an abortion during your PhD

    Amanda Smythers
    A graduate student reflects on her choice to end a pregnancy, and on what the overturning of Roe v. Wade means for trainees in the United States.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology
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    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The rhesus macaque as a success story of the Anthropocene

    Eve B Cooper, Lauren JN Brent ... James P Higham
    The rhesus macaque is a non-human primate that is widely used as a model organism in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavioural science.
  2. Research Culture: Surveying the experience of postdocs in the United States before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Andréanne Morin, Britney A Helling ... Nancy B Schwartz
    The pandemic adversely affected the mental health and research productivity of postdocs in the US, and institutional resources helped to alleviate some of these stresses.
    1. Ecology

    Research Culture: Highlighting the positive aspects of being a PhD student

    Camille Bernery, Léo Lusardi ... Franck Courchamp
    Articles about doing a PhD tend to focus on the difficulties faced by research students: here we argue that the scientific community should also highlight the positive elements of the PhD experience.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    Meta-Research: How parenthood contributes to gender gaps in academia

    Xiang Zheng, Haimiao Yuan, Chaoqun Ni
    Gender gaps in academic achievement are in fact "parenthood gender gaps", with mothers experiencing higher levels of work-family conflict, and receiving lower levels of partner support, than fathers.
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    Lab Life: When your PhD (almost) falls apart

    Dominik Refardt
    As a chance observation threatens to unravel several years of work, a PhD student must choose what to do next.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Science Forum: Adding a One Health approach to a research framework for minority health and health disparities

    Brittany L Morgan, Mariana C Stern ... Laura Fejerman
    Adding a One Health approach to a research framework for minority health and health disparities encourages the exploration of new avenues of inquiry, multidisciplinary collaboration, and the consideration of new determinants of health.
  4. Living Science: Maintaining the joy of discovery

    Eve Marder
    Changes in science over the past 50 years have reduced the chances of trainees experiencing the joy of discovery.
    1. Neuroscience

    Science Forum: What is next in African neuroscience?

    Kirsten A Donald, Mahmoud Maina ... Charles R Newton
    Working in Africa provides neuroscientists with opportunities that are not available in other continents, but obstacles must be overcome for the neuroscience community in Africa to reach its full potential.