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October 31, 2014

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10:45 PM | The PhD Dilemma: Should You Quit Your PhD Or Stay?
Should you quit your PhD or should you stay? That’s a question we all have once (or millions of times) during our PhDs. It occurs mostly half way a PhD. It feels like for the last 2 years you haven’t done any progress. If that is true, it means that you only have half of a PhD [...]
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8:48 PM | Double, double, toil and trouble…
Happy Halloween!
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8:12 PM | To some a citation is worth $3 per year
Originally posted on Bits of DNA:Earlier this week US News and World Report (USNWR) released, for the first time, a global ranking of universities including rankings by subject area. In mathematics, the top ten universities are: 1. Berkeley 2.…
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5:21 PM | UC researchers have found that using a silvery plastic sheet as...
UC researchers have found that using a silvery plastic sheet as a replacement for mulch in pumpkin patches can keep bugs away. The light reflected off the plastic repels insects, keeping them from infecting the plants. So you end up with a much better pumpkin for Halloween! Read more about what other crops UC has helped improve
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3:01 PM | Mendeley Debates At Cambridge : Do We Need A ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ ?
By: Gabriel Hughes, VP Web Analytics at Elsevier Should we have the right to require websites to ‘forget’ or ‘delete’ stories and posts about us which we find embarrassing or just don’t want other people to see? Should people be able to force search engines to remove links to information like that? Do individuals need […]
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2:38 PM | What's Different, What's New in Final Gainful Employment Rule
The Department of Education finally released its final gainful employment rule this morning. This is a high-profile attempt to address concerns about the quality of career education programs, particularly those offered by private, for-profit institutions. This version is the fourth major version of the text we’ve seen, after a proposed version back in March, as well as a proposed and final version that came out during a prior effort that was finalized in 2011 only to be struck […]
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2:35 PM | Gainful Employment and the Federal Ability to Sanction Colleges
The U.S. Department of Education’s second attempt at “gainful employment” regulations, which apply to the majority of vocationally-oriented programs at for-profit colleges and certain nondegree programs at public and private nonprofit colleges, was released to the public this morning. The Department’s first effort in 2010 was struck down by a federal judge after the for-profit sector challenged a loan repayment rate metric on account of it requiring additional student […]
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1:33 PM | Denial.
I received an interesting email from a friend today who writes about the recovery and substance abuse industry. She asked me why I thought that places like Huffington Post, and Salon, and Substance.com are so reliably anti-treatment, anti-12 step, and even anti-addiction as a concept. Obviously, I wish I knew, and I wish I knew how […]
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12:32 PM | Improvising As You Go
Just occasionally one sits down with a new book, starts to read and a great sense of calm, of recognition and of identification with the words in front of you descends. It’s all too rare but is wonderful when it … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | The conference hangover
This week I definitely had a ‘hangover’. Two weeks of meetings* left me a strange mixture of excited, enthusiastic, invigorated and completely drained. I have lots of new ideas and enjoyed both making new connections and reconnecting with others. But I can forget how drained I can feel after such intense social activity, even if…
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11:33 AM | Friday links: Hope Jahren’s blog turns 1, Tim Poisot wins the intertubes, and more
Also this week: teaching advice, a classic paper on the ecology of dragons, don’t believe the hype, great minds think link alike, and more. Also, Happy Halloween! From Meg: I enjoyed this post at Tenure, She Wrote on maintaining productivity … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | iGEM: A Young Physicist’s perspective on Synthetic Biology
(Or otherwise referred to as biology magic.) We’re hosting an article series here on Au from the University of Aberdeen’s participants in iGEM. First out is Konstantin Gizdov, the team’s physicist. My current involvement in iGEM, MiT’s synthetic biology competition, has given me the chance to observe and take part in one of the 21st century’s…
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9:34 AM | Science in a Box
“Where did dinosaurs come from?” “How are black holes created?” “How big is the Universe?” “If we use mud wraps for our skin, why can’t we use mud as shampoo for our hair?!” These are just some of the interesting (and very diverse) questions I’ve received from enthusiastic primary school students over the past couple of weeks. They’re testimony to the curiosity and imagination that’s unleased when you encourage children to […]
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7:30 AM | The stereotype of scientist as crazy genius does no favours to the mentally ill
People who suffer from mental health issues also suffer from its stigma. Portraying mental illness as a good thing helps no one It is not funny or cool to have a mental disorder. Unless, however, youre a a scientific genius: then it appears to be quite all right, and sometimes even lauded. But in the same way that laughing with your pals at the online quiz flagging you as a schizophrenic adds to mental health stigmatization, so does praising madness as the root of genius. The Mental Health […]
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2:57 AM | Remember that time the Pope backed me up?
Recently, I was quoted in an article about an upcoming event on campus. Although only my religious identity was used (ignoring that I’ve also done research and outreach in evolution education, as well as the other details I provided the journalist), I expressed that I was upset at the anti-academic way that the conference was […]

October 30, 2014

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9:00 PM | How States Stopped Funding Higher Education
The Great Recession was pretty terrible for higher education. In state after state legislatures cut funding for public colleges. The economy has recovered, but the damage is permanent, particularly for poor students. According to this piece at Inside Higher Ed: A new report from the Center for American Progress details -- on a state-by-state basis -- the extent to which recession-driven reductions in public college financing since 2008 have sent tuitions soaring, and how disproportionately […]
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7:19 PM | Cerebrovascular physiology – article alert #88
Cardiac surgery and the brain 443- A systematic review of cerebral oxygenation-monitoring devices in cardiac surgery – Douds et al. Hypoxia and the brain 444- Cerebral blood flow response to acute hypoxic hypoxia – Harris et al. Brain reactivity to carbon dioxide 445- Cerebrovascular Reactivity to Carbon Dioxide Under Anesthesia: A Qualitative Systematic Review – […]
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5:39 PM | Meet the Analytics Team!
While our Data Science team makes a big deal out of big data, they aren’t the only ones digging their hands in the data here at Mendeley. Aside of setting and monitoring company KPIs and writing some critical reports, the Mendeley Analytics team primarily focuses on user behaviour. That means, they study how and why […]
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5:27 PM | Is 2014 Awesome or Not?
Let us call a natural number awesome if it can be represented as ab + ba, where a and b are natural numbers. For example, number 57 is awesome as 57 = 25 + 52. Is 2014 awesome? Share:
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5:12 PM | Spicy Science The pungency of chili peppers is measured in...
Spicy Science The pungency of chili peppers is measured in Scoville heat units, which indicate the amount of capsaicin present (the higher, the hotter). The Scoville scale — named after its creator, American chemist Wilbur Scoville — starts at zero (bell pepper). A jalapeño measures 2,500 to 8,000 SHU and the Carolina Reaper hits an eye-popping 2.2 million SHU. The spiciness in peppers isn’t just a topic for our taste buds; it’s also generated prize-winning […]
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4:20 PM | The languages of business and love
I just wrote a fun piece for Virgin on the topic: Does business need a new language of love? It was an interesting topic to write on as someone who thinks about language (all day, every day…), but whose engagement with the world of business is roughly limited to occasional trips to the grocery store. The […]
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3:33 PM | Congratulations October Advisor of the Month — Yoilán Fimia León!
Congratulations and thank you to Yoilán Fimia León! Yoilán, who is involved with higher education, often teaches Mendeley at his institute, Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas, in Cuba. Recently, he designed a one-credit academic course on Mendeley and reference management, which already has full classes this fall. “My university noted that in one […]
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2:00 PM | The Two Sides of TFA: An Internal Memo Shows the Teacher Group's Defensiveness Over a Story About How it Changed in the Face of Criticism
EDITOR’S NOTE: Last year, The Hechinger Report published a story about a group of idealistic young Teach For America recruits who arrived in Seattle hoping to start jobs teaching in some of the city’s most struggling schools. Many of them remained unemployed, however, because Seattle didn’t really need more teachers. In fact, the district had an oversupply: “13,800 teachers had applied for just 352 full- and part-time positions,” Alexandra Hootnick reported in her […]
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10:21 AM | A Decade of Genes, Chemicals, and Human Health: the Comparative Toxicogenomics Database Turns Ten
A Decade of Genes, Chemicals, and Human Health: the Comparative Toxicogenomics Database Turns Ten
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8:30 AM | Still still life
Our photography competition is still open to entries (deadline 10th November). Submit one photograph to the album here. Log in with the username ecoevoblog and password which is the same. Remember, don’t give it a name that will reveal the photographer so as to avoid bias. Good luck! Author: Adam Kane, kanead[at]tcd.ie, @P1zPalu Photo credit: wikimedia commons
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4:31 AM | OYM52: SKA2 Sucks
We’ve got the pleasure of welcoming Ian Mahar back to the hosts’ table this week, and he’s bringing tales of foreign adventure with him.  Having recently attended a neuroscience conference in Brazil, he’s had a taste of how science is done, and how academic conferences are structured outside of North America.  As an ambassador for ...read more The post OYM52: SKA2 Sucks appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.
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4:00 AM | Serving in the Korean Military, Kaluza Winner Eunyong Park Had Time to Change His Mind
Two long years in the South Korean military gave Eunyong Park time to change his mind and his career direction toward biology, a change that led to his winning this year’s $3,000 Kaluza prize for excellence in graduate research. Park won the ASCB Kaluza Prize, which is supported by Beckman Coulter, for his remarkable work at Harvard University deciphering the mechanisms of protein translocation in living cells. When cells make new proteins that are destined to reside in the membrane or […]

October 29, 2014

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9:45 PM | science-junkie: Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?By Maanvi...
science-junkie: Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?By Maanvi Singh […] Jolanda Blackwell,  like many others teachers, understands that when kids are curious, they’re much more likely to stay engaged. But why? What, exactly, is curiosity and how does it work? A study published in the October issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that the brain’s chemistry changes when we become curious, helping us better learn and retain information. Our Brains On Curiosity "In any […]
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8:05 PM | Article alert – Special edition
Below are two important papers recently published challenging the assumption that the diameter of the middle cerebral artery remains constant in response to hypocapnia and hypercapnia (using MRI technology) as previously reported. Cerebral blood flow velocity underestimates cerebral blood flow during modest hypercapnia and hypocapnia – Coverdale et al. Assessment of middle cerebral artery diameter […]
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7:00 PM | What Happens If You Just Pay Teachers a Hell of a Lot of Money?
One of the reform ideas proposed by education advocates—though not, admittedly, one of them that’s seen much implementation in policy—has been just paying teachers really well. Maybe if we paid teachers like small business executives they’d perform a lot better. Well the Equity Project (TEP) Charter School actually tried this. The results are pretty interesting. TEP is located in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood and enrolls mostly low-income, […]
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