April 05, 2014

2:10 AM | On our way to Computers in Libraries 2014!
Mary and I are off to the Computers In Libraries conference in D.C.  We will be blogging our experiences at the conference next week, so stay tuned here for all the details. If you are attending the conference as well, … Continue reading → The post On our way to Computers in Libraries 2014! appeared first on Personal Knowledge Management for Academia & Librarians.

April 04, 2014

8:11 PM | A New Model for For-Profit Education?
In the last decade for-profit colleges have come under extensive scrutiny for their low graduation rates, their former students’ high loan default rates, and the fact that many former students appear to have getting a job once they leave these institutions. One of the major problems is that a success of large for-profit schools doesn’t have anything to do with the success of their students, profit comes from just getting more people to enroll. More students (and their federal […]
6:49 PM | Weekly Webcrawl: April 4, 2014
  I freaking love kids that think outside the box. This one figured out that the US government could cut $400 million out of its annual ink expenditures by changing the fonts it uses in printed materials….oh wait, maybe not. Could “Toyota’s wildly successful strategy for quickly and efficiently making cars could be applied to […]
6:05 PM | SynBio Future - Synthetic biology for the masses!
Biohackers are a relatively new movement of enthusiastic individuals that share ...
5:45 PM | 30 Days of Research Challenge
I’m a fan of 30 day challenges. I’ve been a regular participant in AcWriMo for a few years running, and I occasionally do 30 Days of Creativity in June. A few of my colleagues are participating in 30 Days of Biking this month, and Runner’s World famously does a holiday running streak, where you pledge […]
5:17 PM | theatlantic: Making College More Diverse Even Without...
theatlantic: Making College More Diverse Even Without Affirmative Action Seven years ago, inside an eighth-grade classroom at Mount Vernon Junior High School in central Los Angeles, Deborah Membreno began to imagine a life beyond the chain-link fence surrounding the concrete schoolyard. Her outlook brightened the day an adviser from a University of California outreach program visited to talk about college. The adviser who showed up at the school, where nearly 90 percent of students qualified […]
3:25 PM | Thumb on the PayScale
In my last post, I took issue with the PayScale college rankings, as well as with how economics reporters framed these rankings, citing their low calculated Return on Investment as evidence that these colleges “make” students poor. Jordan Weissmann has graciously responded to my critique. … Continue reading →
12:58 PM | Reproducibility tweetchat recap
Yesterday we talked about reproducibility on Twitter, as one of Faculty of 1000′s #F1000Talks series of discussions around topics relevant to researchers. Our guests for the reproducibility discussion were Ivan Oransky, Elizabeth Iorns and Christin Chong. It was an engaging discussion, which got even more lively as other people joined in. [...]
12:00 PM | Friday recommended reads #23
Pseudoscorpions are awesome. I mean, literally, they inspire awe. Here are ten facts about pseudoscorpions including some great photos of these tiny creatures, too. How are highly ranked liberal arts schools different from the rest of them? This post on Memoirs of a SLACer nails it. You may have heard about some furor about a […]
11:50 AM | Friday links: community assembly vs. Go, Hurlbert vs. neuroscientists, and more (UPDATED)
Also this week: paying for the party, Dan Simberloff interview, brazening it out, “just so” stories, why Meg almost had to punch Jeremy, and more… From Meg: According to this article, which reports on an analysis of statistical methods in … Continue reading →
11:00 AM | NSEW: Great White Hope
In an engaging talk during National Science and Engineering Week 2014, Helen Dooley, a lecturer and researcher in the School of Biological Sciences at University of Aberdeen described how she’s spent the last 10 years attempting to understand the evolution of the adaptive immune system. Her hope is that by using a comparative approach, she …
7:30 AM | How r u? Is it worth my time to appeal my grade? | Steve Caplan
The way that biomedical science is done has changed greatly in the last 20 years. However, biomedical research graduate students who confuse informality with non-professionalism are making a grave mistakeAs I recently updated my curriculum vitae, I noticed that its been exactly 20 years since I published my first scientific paper in 1994. I allowed myself the luxury of a little trip down memory lane, revisiting how science was done back then. And how students behaved. Much has changed.As a PhD […]
6:10 AM | Brief comments on the EU Debate
This week saw the TV debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage on the UK’s EU membership. Both presented their cases robustly, and the perception of a ‘winner’ depends on which side of the argument you support. So I think the reason Farage ‘won’ is because more people with  anti-EU views took part in the […]
3:08 AM | PLUS Loans are not Grants
Last week, during the U.S. Department of Education’s Program Integrity negotiated rulemaking, UNCF released a policy report–The Parent PLUS Loan Crisis: An Urgent Crisis Facing Students at the Nation’s HBCUs–about the effect of the change in the credit check criteria for Parent PLUS loans. In this report, PLUS loans are treated almost as if they are the same as other federal student aid options. Parent PLUS loans, however, are not like other forms of federal student aid […]
2:39 AM | So long, and thanks for all the...*
Well, this has been coming for some time, and I have been ignoring it.... It is...

April 03, 2014

10:34 PM | Jeremy’s upcoming talk on blogging will be live-tweeted by @FisheriesBlog, 1 pm EDT Apr. 7
If you like to follow live tweets of talks, you’re in luck: my upcoming Virginia Tech talk on blogging will be live tweeted by Brandon Peoples, a grad student there who co-authors The Fisheries Blog. Follow @FisheriesBlog at 1 pm … Continue reading →
10:04 PM | Postdocs in Copenhagen
I apologize for the short notice, but my occasional co-author Rasmus Pagh is looking for postdocs for a big data project he recently had funded, with an application deadline on April 14th. For more information, you can see this page, which starts with:The Scalable Similarity Search (SSS) project led by Professor Rasmus Pagh is seeking 3 post-docs with a strong background in algorithms theory, combinatorics, or statistics. The project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), […]
7:26 PM | Are The Mafia Psychopaths?
The view that the Mafia is an organization of especially ruthless psychopaths is wrong – in fact, members of ‘Cosa Nostra’ have lower psychopathic traits than other criminals. That’s according to a new study from Italian researchers Schimmenti and colleagues, who, appropriately enough, are based in Sicily, the Mafia’s birthplace. Schimmenti et al went to […]The post Are The Mafia Psychopaths? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

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7:12 PM | The Secret Life of Scientists: Kate Sweeny Science: UC Riverside...
The Secret Life of Scientists: Kate Sweeny Science: UC Riverside Professor Kate Sweeny studies how we manage stressful waiting periods, like waiting for medical results or finding out whether or not we got a job. "The best part of being a social psychologist is figuring out the tools to ask the kinds of questions that I think we all wonder about anyway. I teach social psychology to nearly 300 undergraduates and they want to know their friends do crazy things.  And why they feel crazy […]
6:53 PM | The Black Hole of PLUS Loan Outcomes
Much of the debate about improving federal higher education data quality has focused on whether a student unit record dataset is necessary in order to give students, their families, and policymakers the information they need in order to make better decisions. Last month’s release of College Blackout: How the Higher Education Lobby Fought to Keep Students in the Dark by Amy Laitinen and Clare McCann of the New America Foundation highlighted the potential role of the higher education lobby […]
6:38 PM | Why We Tell Our Stories.
After my men’s meeting last night, one of the guys asked me if I would speak at a meeting on Tuesday. Of course, I said yes. One of the core elements of the program is passing it on. Not in an evangelistic sense, we don’t go door to door looking for alcoholics to proselytize to. […]
2:41 PM | New Columns on Urban Education Reform: Politics and Segregation
Urban education reform fights have a way of driving the national policy conversation. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ongoing efforts to change the trajectory of the Big Apple’s public schools have taken on importance well beyond the five boroughs. Of course, the political feedback system is a loop: if de Blasio’s push for pre-K influences media coverage of early education, it also brings new attention from outside. For instance, a recent UCLA report claiming that the state of […]
7:34 AM | Adiabatic
Britain is presently swaddled under a thick cloud of pollution. This, we are told, has been caused by a mixture of regular industrial and motor exhaust, spiked with a lot of sand from the Sahara Desert. Yesterday Cromer laboured under … Continue reading →
1:30 AM | News from our research topic on cerebral oxygenation #12
Another update regarding our research topic on cerebral oxygenation. A thirteeth paper now available at Frontiers in Physiology ! Arterial pressure variations as parameters of brain perfusion in response to central blood volume depletion and repletion by Anne-Sophie Bronzwaer, Wim Stok, Berend Westerhof and Johannes Van Lieshout Anne-Sophie G. Bronzwaer1, 2, Wim J. Stok2, 3, […]

April 02, 2014

10:43 PM | Here’s the poster for Jeremy’s upcoming talk on blogging
Here’s the advertising poster for my upcoming talk at Virginia Tech on blogging as a mode of scientific communication: Creative and a bit funky–I like it! I said in an old post on cool science graphics that I wanted to … Continue reading →
10:42 PM | U.S. Students Rank Better Internationally On New Problem Solving Test Than They Do On Conventional Math and Reading Exams
Here’s a modest test result to bolster the argument of those who say the American educational system isn’t so terrible. On a new creative problem-solving test taken by students in 44 countries and regions, U.S. 15-year-olds scored above the international average and rank at number 18 in the world. That’s much better than the below-average performance of U.S. students on the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) reading and math tests conducted by the […]
8:00 PM | Janet Napolitano: Online Won't Fix Our Problems
In general, I’m sort of ambivalent about the University of California’s decision to hire former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as its president. The trends impacting the university system (declining state funding, increasing administrative costs, changing state demographics) are probably so strong that her impact and ability to fix things will be pretty limited. But sometimes her perspective is rather refreshing. Her latest comments come in reaction to the ambiguous […]
7:12 PM | Ryan Budget Brings Little New to the Table on Education
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chair of the House Budget Committee, this morning released his own fiscal year 2015 proposed budget. The budget, if the House adopts it, would serve as that chamber’s 2015 budget resolution, establishing spending and revenue targets for the upcoming fiscal years. (The Senate has already decided not to pass a budget resolution, so even if the House version passes, there will be no joint fiscal year 2015 resolution.) There are few differences between Ryan’s […]
7:03 PM | Do People and Pigs Share Salmonella Strains?
If antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella is showing up in pigs, then are bacon-loving people also at risk?  In his latest research, NC State population health and pathobiology professor Sid Thakur looks at serotypes, or groups, of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella in people and pigs, to try to determine whether these strains are being passed from pork to people. Sid
6:52 PM | O Best Beloved: Just-so stories in ecology and evolution
Sloth-moth symbiosis. Dinosaur-devestating asteroid impacts. Girl’s preference for pink. Are these fact, or fiction? It turns out that often what we think we know about the world is more based on story-telling than the byproduct of the scientific method. In science, calling something a ”just-so story” is almost universally a criticism. The term is a direct reference […]
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