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August 11, 2014

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11:30 PM | Life and Death.
I found out Robin Williams was sober when I found out he killed himself. Another incandescent talent. Another squalid death. Another public face on this disease I have, ironworked in choking little spirals around the columns of my own self. I am Robin Williams. I have gifts and talents. I have a life to share […]
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9:17 PM | Teach for America Shows it's Learned a Lesson About Diversity: Now, What's Next?
Teach for America is browner than ever before. This week, the organization announced that 50 percent of its incoming corps of 5,300 identify as people of color. This compares to the less than 20 percent of all teachers nationwide. Whether friend or foe, all should be encouraged by the news that a mainstream organization is responding to the needs of our communities and country. The question I have is, how good does TFA look now that it’s beige? Click to read more Andre Perry. Not only is […]
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4:42 PM | Q & A With Author Elizabeth Green: Great Teachers Need ‘Specialized Skills and Knowledge’
In her new book Building a Better Teacher, Chalkbeat CEO Elizabeth Green obsessively explores what good teaching looks and sounds like - and whether the most effective teachers are “born for the blackboard,” in her words. Green’s quest takes her to schools of education and to classrooms in the United States and Japan, where she observes an array of methods and practices. Elizabeth Green Green finds that good teaching is “a complex craft,’’ but that “far […]
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3:30 PM | When Do I Start Knowing What I’m Doing?
When my advisor informed her assembled advisees that I was the group’s “machine learning expert,” I nearly choked. I thought I had a pretty good idea of what expertise looked like. An expert possesses a deep, intuitive understanding of his or her subject. An expert exudes confidence in his or her abilities and reputation. An […]
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3:28 PM | Evernote Casserole
Sometimes in cooking one throws together a casserole dish from whatever is in the refrigerator.  So, now, I have thrown together a review of a number of smaller e-books I’ve gathered on Evernote when the cost was from free to … Continue reading → The post Evernote Casserole appeared first on Personal Knowledge Management for Academia & Librarians.
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1:00 PM | Quitting the 9 to 5 before starting it
I recently stumbled upon a blog post at raptitude titled “The frightening thing you learn when you quit the 9 to 5.” I’m not sure why I was so drawn to it, since I’ve never actually worked a traditional 9 to 5 job. Maybe I was trying to mentally prepare for the day I quit a […]
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12:36 PM | New on F1000Research – 11 August 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. Featured article: Ecological implications of reduced pollen supply in the alpine: a case study using a dominant cushion plant species Anya Reid, Robyn Hooper, Olivia Molenda, Christopher J. Lortie Changes [...]
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12:00 PM | Dealing with devices
Distractions in the classroom are a problem. Digital devices are often a huge distraction. Therefore, to manage distractions in the classroom, we need to manage devices. I know some instructors who are cool with students using devices during class, even if some are not focused on the lesson. If you’re one of those people, then…
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11:42 AM | Crowdfunding Innovative Water Treatment Research
Mendeley is proud to help spread the word about how research makes a positive impact in people’s lives, which is why we were really happy to work more closely with Elsevier in Research4Life. At its core, research is about making the world a better place, and technology is a  key way of enabling this. As part […]
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11:41 AM | Transparency versus Diversity
Within the EU, Commissioner Neelie Kroes is leading the push to have a Commission with a female contingent that is at least beginning to be representative of the population. Her call for #TenOrMore women commissioners doesn’t sound unreasonable: it would … Continue reading →
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3:06 AM | Minions in Action!
Some of you may recall we received MinION sequencing devices from Oxford Nanopore as beta testers. It's taken a while, but Mike Gillings now has them up and running. Whether they can actually generate useful data is still something we're working out, but in the meantime here are some action photos.The MinION is the USB device plugged into the laptopEach dot on the screen represents a protein nanopore through which a DNA molecule is moving and being sequenced. The different colour of the dots […]
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2:18 AM | Best Wishes Daniel
The Paulsen lab went on an outing Friday night to the University bar to farewell Daniel Farrugia. Daniel has just submitted his PhD thesis on genomic analyses of the opportunistic pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii, where he was investigating what is different between strains from hospital-acquired infections, community-acquired infections, and environmental isolates. Daniel has published papers in PLoS One and The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; another paper about to be submitted to […]
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12:28 AM | Accelerate the progress of your research by using this one weird old tip!
(Photo and title by Sonja Babovic; used with her permission) Other geeky things that made me laugh recently: Mad science looks pretty similar to normal science As does Lego science  

August 10, 2014

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6:57 PM | mashable: Rollie the armadillo acts just like a puppy! You may...
mashable: Rollie the armadillo acts just like a puppy! You may have already seen the video above of Rollie playing with his favorite toy, but unlike your pet dog, armadillos have very poor vision.  In fact they’re being studied to understand vision disorders in humans.   They actually have a lot of peculiar qualities.  Did you know that armadillos give birth to identical quadruplets and on average sleep up to 18 hours per day? Two UC Davis alums have published a book […]
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3:44 PM | The new Premier League season: finance and hype
With the start of the new Premier League season less than a week away, I find myself not exactly looking forward to it. All the top teams have been busy spending ridiculous sums of money to strengthen their squads – OK, it’s what you have to do, but it has diminished the sport so much […]
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3:43 PM | The new Foursquare Android app: initial reaction
The new Foursquare Android app became available from the Google Play Store last Wednesday, 6th August. I’ve been using it pretty continuously since then, and can offer an initial appraisal. I’ve already discussed at length my disappointment that Mayorships, badges and (finally) points were lost, so I judge the app as it is and not […]
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9:00 AM | Canine Science Forum 2014 - we come full circle!
Aw - it's Us @ CSF2014! Thanks Tamás Faragó :)Dear Julie,while you've been off enjoying the fjords of Norway and I've been recovering from six legs of long haul flying with a three year old as hand luggage, I thought I'd put up a quick post to recap the wonderful week in Lincoln, UK that was the (Feline and) Canine Science Forum 2014.Such a fun, stimulating, inspiring week comprising the Feline Science day (Monday), public lecture by James Serpell (rhymes with […]

Hecht J. (2014). Tribute to Tinbergen: Public Engagement in Ethology, Ethology, 120 (3) 207-214. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eth.12199

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7:08 AM | A journey to Tristan da Cunha
Starting this Friday, I’ll begin my journey to the most remote inhabited island in the world – the UK Overseas Territory of Tristan da Cunha.  I’m headed there as part of a project funded by the Darwin Initiative, and the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) to do the first quantitative survey […]
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6:10 AM | What I expect from ESA 2014 (biodiversity, global change, pollination, networks and more)
This is blog post that will appear in J. of Ecology blog soon, but in the meanwhile I thought would be good to post it here as ESA is already starting. Hope to see you there! ———————– Its always exciting … Continue reading →

August 09, 2014

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4:46 PM | Terminal Lucidity: Myth, Mystery or Miracle?
Can sick people gain mental clarity just before they die? University of Virginia researchers Michael Nahm and Bruce Greyson explore this issue in a gripping (if macabre) paper published in the journal Omega: The death of Anna Katharina Ehmer: a case study in terminal lucidity.The authors discuss the case of Anna Katharina Ehmer, a German […]The post Terminal Lucidity: Myth, Mystery or Miracle? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Nahm M & Greyson B (2013). The death of Anna Katharina Ehmer: a case study in terminal lucidity., Omega, 68 (1) 77-87. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24547666

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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘parents’
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11:37 AM | Semi-hiatus for the ESA meeting
Just FYI: Dynamic Ecology will be on semi-hiatus during the ESA meeting. We’re not planning any meeting preview posts this year. And we’re not planning to post during the meeting either, though I suppose we might change our minds if … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘feathers’
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12:16 AM | Making new soft materials by distoring the boundaries of oil and water
Image: Hugh Martin. Delicious Mayonnaise Ever since mayonnaise was invented in 1756, people have wanted to make more soft materials. From the moisturising cream that you rub into your face, to the paint that you spread on your walls, soft materials are all around us. What makes a soft material soft? You can consider anything […]

August 08, 2014

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11:39 PM | Open Science News – 8 August 2014
What was new in open science this week? F1000 Specialist extraordinaire Ross Mounce is at it again! Check out his interview at opensource.com on why Open Science is the future of scientific discovery. As divided as it is, even the US Congress is concerned about reproducibility in research! We might not all [...]
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8:34 PM | In which I receive a gift
What do you buy the female scientist who has everything? A few days ago I noticed a news clip in the London Evening Standard, mentioning that a new line of Lego featuring women researchers had sold out within hours of … Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | MOOCs Will Never Replace Real College. They'll Just Fix It
Unbundled! Revolution! Disruptive technology! For the last decade or so education futurists have been predicting radical changes to the structure of American colleges as a result of advances in technology. While certainly students use more new and innovate gadgets in college —indeed, many of these gadgets are a crucial part of their courses—the revolution hasn’t really happened. The basic structure of college, and its pricing, remains unchanged. As Benjamin Winterhalter puts […]
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4:12 PM | How to float a ping pong ball in mid-air Dianna “Physics...
How to float a ping pong ball in mid-air Dianna “Physics Girl” Cowern, physicist at UC San Diego’s Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, explains in this video how The Coandă Effect can make a ping pong ball float in mid-air. Read more about Diana Cowern and her quest to encourage girls to pursue science.
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘data’
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1:53 PM | Are Some Elite Colleges Understating Net Prices?
As a faculty member researching higher education finance, I’m used to seeing the limitations in federal data available to students and their families as they choose colleges. For example, the net price of attendance measure (measured as tuition and fees, room and board, books, and other expenses less any grants received) is only for first-time, full-time students—and therefore excludes a lot of students with great financial need. But a new graphic-heavy report from The Chronicle of […]
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