Most academics loathe metrics. I’ve seldom attracted so much criticism as for my suggestion that a citation-based metric might be used to allocate funding to university departments. This suggestion was recycled this week in the Times Higher Education, after a group of researchers published predictions of REF2014 results based on departmental H-indices for four subjects.
Twitter was appalled. Philip Moriarty, in a much-retweeted plea said: “Ugh. *Please* stop giving credence to
You wait in a cubicle, electrodes strapped to your body. In a room nearby, a stranger is confronted with a series of decisions. They can choose a smaller cash reward and avoid an electric shock, or a larger sum that comes together with an unpleasant zap. The twist is that in half of the trials, the stranger knows the associated shock punishment is for them, but in the others they know it’s you who will suffer. You glance nervously at the electrodes.It's a tough spot. Surely you will
Die Entscheidung, der OPEC, die maximale Fördermenge von 30 Millionen Barrels pro Tag vorerst unverändert zu lassen, ist kein Zeichen der Schwäche des Ölkartells. Es ist ein Test des längeren Atems und ein Versuch, konkurrierende Ölproduzenten trocken zu legen. Der Marktpreis pro Barrel liegt aktuell bei etwa 70 Dollar, die Kosten um rentabel zu fördern…
NSB was hugely chuffed to have the opportunity recently to interview Dr Sara Goodacre about Spiders and the UoN Spider lab. Below is a summary of the best bits of the talk, together with some added linkage. Enjoy!....Q: How did you get interested in Biology.Sara commented that she had looked back at her University application forms and found that she had simply stated "I've always been interested in Biology", adding that "it was just this underlying fascination with the world around me and I