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November 21, 2014

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10:52 PM | Dogtober = Canine science in October
What a BOOMING month for dogs and science October was! We've captured the links to all the latest blogs, research and news that caught out attention throughout Dog-tober.Thanks to Storify (click here if the you can't see the collection of links below) you can make sure you didn't miss out too.[View the story "Do You Believe in Dog? [01-31 October 2014]" on Storify] Further reading:Bradshaw J.W.S. & Nicola J. Rooney (2014). Why do adult dogs ‘play’?, Behavioural Processes, […]

Bozkurt A., Barbara Sherman, Rita Brugarolas, Sean Mealin, John Majikes, Pu Yang & Robert Loftin (2014). Towards Cyber-Enhanced Working Dogs for Search and Rescue, IEEE Intelligent Systems, 1-1. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/mis.2014.77

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November 19, 2014

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2:21 PM | Mendeley and writeLaTeX integration is here!
By Joyce Stack, API Developer Outreach Back in July I stumbled across writeLaTeX after a ‘tweet archaeology’ exercise where I found this old tweet, which mentioned integrating with Mendeley. So I promptly got in touch with the folks at writeLaTeX and we collaborated together to make it possible to import Mendeley bibliography into their writeLaTeX projects. WriteLaTeX “is an […]
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2:00 PM | Academic dress code or why women seem to think about clothing more than men
Last week we saw a blatant example of not considering the implications of your wardrobe. There are a lot of good perspectives on That Shirt worn by Dr. Matt Taylor not the least Terry’s own last week; on twitter #shirtstorm or #shirtgate. Rather than discuss the incident itself, which has received plenty of play already…
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1:58 PM | Zombie CellSlam Adds “Undead Video” Category; Top Prize Still $1,000 in Live Science Slam at ASCB 2014
A separate Undead Video category has been added to the bill at the Zombie CellSlam, a juried, stand-up science slam set for Monday evening, December 8, at the 2014 ASCB/IFCB meeting. The Undead Video entries will compete for a single $200 prize. “The undead have a zero cost of living,” explained Simon Atkinson, Chair of ASCB’s Public Information Committee (PIC), which is bringing CellSlam back from the dead by popular demand. “We thought $200 would more than cover […]
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11:15 AM | Poster Toaster (1) | D.Day 2014 Lausanne
The idea is to review academic posters based on the way their content is organised and formatted in order to gain insights into strategies to keep or avoid when creating one. I took photos of posters presented during a day-long conference for doctoral students of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine at the University of Lausanne. […]
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘graphene’

November 18, 2014

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6:15 PM | The view from the Lick Observatory Built in 1887 near San Jose,...
The view from the Lick Observatory Built in 1887 near San Jose, California and run by UC Santa Cruz, this is the oldest mountaintop observatory in the world. Low clouds and fog can be a problem for viewing the sky in the bay area so it was built at an elevation that sits above the cloud line. So a foggy day in San Francisco is usually a sunny day at The Lick.  When construction started in 1876, everything was brought on horse or mule drawn wagons. This meant that the ascent to the top […]
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5:34 PM | The Earth's Interior and the Deborah Number
During our school years, we are often taught that the Earth has a thin solid crust floating on a liquid mantle, which behaves somewhat like a lava lamp. Although this model does help to explain the principle of mantle convection, it conceals much of the complexity which governs the behaviour of the Earth’s lithosphere. With the exception of localised melt and kilometre-scale magma chambers, the Earth’s mantle and crust is entirely solid, but with very interesting properties. The […]
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4:28 PM | Data Capture for the Real World
Many efforts at building data infrastructures for the “average researcher” have been funded, designed and in some cases even built. Most of them have limited success. Part of the problem has always been building systems that solve problems that the “average researcher” doesn’t know that they have. Issues of curation and metadata are so far beyond the day to day issues that an experimental researcher is focussed on as to be incomprehensible. We clearly need […]
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘absurd’
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3:51 PM | Student Support Services: When 2% is Not a "Radical Policy Shift"
Only in Washington, D.C. can a tiny change of emphasis be portrayed as a “radical policy shift.” At least that’s the message some advocacy groups are making about a proposal that the U.S. Department of Education has made that would slightly alter the criteria it uses to award new Student Support Services grants to colleges. Student Support Services (SSS) is a federal program that gives grants to institutions of higher education so they can help low-income and first-generation […]
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3:47 PM | Graduation Rates Are Down, Not Up, Since Economic Downturn
University and college graduation rates have declined since the beginning of the economic downturn, according to a new report, even as policymakers prod universities and colleges to turn out more people with degrees. While enrollment has gone up since 2008, the proportion of students who graduated has gone down, the report, by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, found. What happened to students who entered college in 2008. Source: National Student Clearinghouse Research […]
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3:43 PM | Black Kids Lose When Democratic Ed Reformers Act Like Republicans
NEW ORLEANS – Republicans are winning the support of black Americans. But don’t give the GOP too much credit. Democrats have themselves to thank. And poor, black schoolchildren have little to be thankful for at all. Through the rhetoric of “choice,” “competition,” and “accountability,” the education-reform clique of the Democratic Party have been campaigning for Republicans since Obama arrived in office. Democratic education reformers have become […]
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘sparkle’

November 17, 2014

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7:52 PM | Where Can You Speak Out Safely?
The media is full of stories around men behaving inappropriately – or worse – currently. These range from #shirtstorm in the wake of Matt Taylor’s press conference regarding the successful landing of Philae (a sad distraction from the amazingly successful … Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | Something Resistant This Way Comes: An Insect Mystery
An NC State entomology researcher has found that a feared crop pest found in North Carolina is becoming resistant to a common method used to protect crops.
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6:18 PM | The Sorry State of Vocational Training
Source: OECD Skills Beyond School Synthesis Report Nov 2014. Click on the chart to see a larger version. I had long been under the impression that the United States had a particular problem in providing technical and specialized professional training for students who maybe aren’t academically inclined. But it turns out the United States isn’t alone, and even nations with once vaunted apprenticeship programs are no longer properly training students to enter the workforce. A new […]
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6:10 PM | Colleges and Universities Charge More, Keep Less, New Report Finds
Forced to keep discounting their prices as enrollment stagnates, U.S. universities and colleges expect their slowest growth in revenue in 10 years, the bond-rating company Moody’s reports. The squeeze could threaten further cuts in services even as tuition continues to increase. A quarter of colleges and universities are projecting declines in revenue, according to a closely watched annual Moody’s survey. Half of public and 40 percent of private institutions say they will take in […]
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2:40 PM | New on F1000Research – 17 November 2014
A selection of new content on F1000Research from the past week. To receive notification of all new articles, sign up for our table of contents alerts. We are currently at the SfN meeting, where we are launching several new article collections in neuroscience topics. See our collections page to view them all, or visit us at [...]
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2:28 PM | What is #scishirt?
For those of you following along at home, there’s been a big kerfuffle on the internet about #ThatShirt (or #ShirtGate, #ShirtStorm). Lots of really smart folks have posted great commentary on the situation, and so I’m not going to do that here. What I will say, is that I understand […]
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2:28 PM | In Mississippi, Lack of School Nurses a Threat to Health, Education
GREENWOOD, Miss. — On any given day, school nurse Samaria Stevenson is traveling between at least three schools in this rural Delta town. She counts the carbohydrates in lunch for a student with diabetes at one elementary school every day, while providing medical care for students at two others. She teaches health classes and presents the district’s abstinence education curriculum to middle school students. And all the while, she’s […]
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1:22 PM | General Thoughts on Disagreement.
As I’ve had a bit more to think about the storm over Rosetta Lead Scientist Matt Taylor’s shirt, I think about what I would want to happen if I were in that working environment. As I wrote before, I don’t have a problem with the shirt, and I don’t have a problem with a person […]
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1:17 PM | A Broken System or a Fatal Flaw? High-Level Panel to Tackle the Future of Research at ASCB/IFCB Session
The biomedical research ecosystem is changing. The resources are scarcer, yet more trainees are competing for coveted tenure-track positions than ever before. The competition is made tougher by the impact factor of journals being used as a measure of research success. Fewer than 10% of PhDs go on to become tenure-tracked professors, yet this is the default career for which graduate students and postdocs are trained. Harvard postdocs Jessica Polka and Kristen Krukenberg […]
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1:00 PM | Setting formal expectations for lab members
Are your lab members aware when they do not meet expectations? Out the outset, students should know what is expected of them. This enables their success as well as gives them a way to avoid a shortcoming. It also makes things easier on you when you’re dealing with underperforming students. It’s standard to have a page with information about…
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11:09 AM | Please complete the Dynamic Ecology reader survey! (UPDATED)
Two years ago, when this blog was only a few months old, we surveyed y’all to learn something about who you are, and get feedback on how we can improve Dynamic Ecology. That was really valuable to us. You might … Continue reading →
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9:08 AM | Tropical Field Course Kenya
We’ve just returned from our annual Tropical Ecology Field Course in Kenya with our final year undergraduates. Our trip took us on a journey through the rift valley to the theme of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable livelihoods. Here are some of the sights of the trip:       Author: Deirdre McClean Photo credits: Deirdre McClean and Ian Donohue
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2:31 AM | Life as a PhD student
Today a little snapshot of life as a PhD student. Matt Stevens is in the middle of his PhD at the George Institute, and coming to terms with the joys of recruiting for an RCT, I reckon there will be one of two readers that can relate.   Ahh timing…. So it’s 8pm on a […]
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1:15 AM | Links Roundup #25
Citation/Reference/Bibliographic Management We have mentioned ReadCube before, which adds some interesting tools for managing PDFs for research, including things like turning references into live links where possible.  They have a PDF on the features of the software, including its Word-compatible … Continue reading → The post Links Roundup #25 appeared first on Personal Knowledge Management for Academia & Librarians.
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1:01 AM | Some Jokes
* * * A mathematical tragedy: two parallel lines fall in love. * * * Life is not fair, even among gadgets: the desktop misbehaves, the monitor gets smacked. * * * An amazing magic trick! Think of a number, add 5 to it, then subtract 5. The result is the number you thought of! […]
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12:58 AM | Canine science catch up: 16-30 September 2014
Gosh, it's been a busy ride since posting the excellent guest post by research, Cat Reeve, about her interesting detector dog research.  So now it's time to play catch up, starting with the canine science related things that we noticed in the second half of September, captured with the help of Storify - did you miss any of these?[View the story "Do You Believe in Dog? [16 - 30 September 2014]" on Storify]Further reading (some of the abstracts from Canine Science Forum 2014 now […]

Westgarth C. & Hayley E. Christian (2014). How can we motivate owners to walk their dogs more?, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 9 (6) e6-e7. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2014.09.023

Fehringer A. (2014). Stress in shelter dogs and the use of foster care to improve animal welfare, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 9 (6) e11. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2014.09.038

Horowitz A. & Hecht J. (2014). Categories and consequences of dog-human play: A citizen science approach, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 9 (6) e15. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2014.09.052

Browne C.M., T. Mary Foster & James S. McEwan (2014). Dog training: Reinforcement timing and owner body language, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 9 (6) e17. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2014.09.059

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