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February 11, 2015

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3:40 PM | Scott Walker Is ALL about Jobs
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is a controversial figure. During his tenure as the chief executive of the state, he’s become notable for his enthusiastic efforts to destroy the power of public labor unions by requiring them to recertify annually and taking away the power of those unions to bargain collectively over pensions and health care. But recently he went ever further in his efforts to roll back progressive achievements in his state. According to a piece by Kevin Drum over at […]
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1:57 PM | OYM65: FISHing spot
This week On Your Mind: We’re reunited with Adel, who’s survived a marathon of exams to come talk neuroscience.  He’s also got his hands on a research project that involves a case study of patient with neurological symptoms.  Of course, this forces us to revisit, and surprisingly agree upon, the purpose and scope of case ...read more The post OYM65: FISHing spot appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.
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1:49 PM | Call me “Crazy”.
I suffer from several mental illnesses. Alcoholism, depression. Whatever leads me to cut myself. An eating disorder. Medical diagnoses that, in a simpler time, might simply have had me labeled “drunk”, “crazy”, “hysterical”, or “unstable”. “Neurotic”. Now, those older terms are out of favor, and medical terms are in, with the idea that this provides […]
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1:16 PM | Navigating through the digital quicksand: Announcing our next Talks@Mendeley!
We’re really excited to announce the speaker for the February edition of our Talks@Mendeley series, which showcases thought leaders from around the world to discuss science, technology and research issues with the Mendeley team and our community. Kristen Marhaver is a Marine Biologist and TED Senior Fellow based in the Caribbean, who divides her time […]
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12:13 PM | I Wish I’d Known Then What I Know Now
There are many questions which are easily posed, to which I don’t find answers come easily. One of these is ‘who inspired you?’ (answer: no one very obviously); or ‘why did you decide you wanted to study physics?‘ to which … Continue reading →
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11:40 AM | Plumbing advice for the leaky pipeline (guest post)
Note from Jeremy: This is a guest post by Margaret Kosmala, a postdoc in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. Having children is a critical issue for many early career researchers in academia. Whether grad students, postdocs, or new faculty, … Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Profound sadness and changes to the blog
It is with profound sadness that I must announce the death of my dear friend, coworker and co-blogger, Mary Axford.  Mary died unexpectedly and suddenly in her sleep on January 26th. In addition to her well-researched blog posts, Mary was the … Continue reading → The post Profound sadness and changes to the blog appeared first on Personal Knowledge Management for Academia & Librarians.

February 10, 2015

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11:30 PM | Girls of color face harsher school discipline than white...
Girls of color face harsher school discipline than white peersGirls of color are disproportionately impacted by school discipline policies and excluded from current efforts to address the school-to-prison pipeline, according to a new report authored by UCLA School of Law professors Kimberlé Crenshaw and Jyoti Nanda, along with UCLA Law alumna Priscilla Ocen, a professor at Loyola Law School.Here’s one powerful example, based on data from schools in Boston and New York City, and […]
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7:16 PM | Is The Secret To A Happy Marriage In Your DNA?Are some people...
Is The Secret To A Happy Marriage In Your DNA?Are some people genetically predisposed to stay happily married? Researchers at UC Berkeley have found a major clue in our DNA.Robert Levenson and his team have found a link between relationship fulfillment and a gene variant — known as the “short allele” — of the serotonin transporter gene. The gene is involved in the regulation of serotonin in the brain and can predict whether a person is attuned or oblivious to the […]
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7:00 PM | Near-certain victory in Rock-Paper-Scissors
Finding yourself in a game of Rock-paper scissors (RPS) is not uncommon and can be nerve-wracking if the game is lost. So on that note, here we’ll provide you with some history and trivia on the age-old game and an optimal strategy to maximise your chances of winning. Who invented Rock-Paper-Scissors? RPS is thought to…
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6:47 PM | Data vs. Knowledge: a sorry letter from 1963
Thanks to Andy Hoffman for a column that brought to my attention this letter (Chaos in the Brickyard) that was published in Science in 1963. Already, the author, Dr. Bernard Forscher was concerned that science was increasingly focused on producing “bricks”–little pieces of information, rather than “Edifices”–real bodies of useful knowledge. That was in 1963 […]
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6:00 PM | So, you’re starting a PhD?
This month, all around Australia, there will be a whole crop of PhD students starting their degree. It’s an exciting time, but a nerve-wracking one as well. Here’s another post to help you start your journey! This post is by Erika Harris, PhD Candidate. Erika has a Master’s degree in Education, General Education and has […]
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5:05 PM | Exploring the Deep Sea: Adventures of a Researcher in the Field
For centuries, scientists thought that all life depended on the sun. They were wrong.
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4:59 PM | Your new Web Library is here!
When you log on to the Mendeley website this week, you will notice some changes to your online library. We’ve not only given it a fresh paint job, but brought some of the features you love from Mendeley Desktop into your Web Library.   A quick look at the new features (along with some kicky background […]
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4:00 PM | How College Mergers Can Screw Students
For 125 years the Corcoran School of Art occupied a unique position in Washington. Founded with money provided in the estate of banker and art collector William Wilson Corcoran to promote art education in the nation’s capital, Corcoran was an example of a now rare institution very common in the 19th-century, the museum-college hybrid. It worked pretty well for much of the 20th century, producing generations of painters and sculptors (as well as Project Runway’s Tim Gunn and […]
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3:19 PM | How Do You Fix America's High Schools? We're Going to Find Out
By now, we all know the importance of quality early childhood education in setting students up for success. But what about all the kids who don’t get needed interventions, start school behind and stay stuck there? Many arrive in high school several years below grade level. Their teachers and administrators have one last chance to make up for lost time before a child becomes an adult, giving them arguably the hardest job in public education. This wasn’t always their charge. More than […]
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2:26 PM | A Great Catastrophe.
Friday I am leaving for a 10 day vacation with my beloved BB, overseas in a glorious and idyllic locale, for some direly-needed and much-deserved time off. And wouldn’t you know it, today I feel mildly ill. I’m probably going to be feeling slightly worse than merely jet lagged for the first day or two […]
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2:14 PM | Why Mentors Need to Stop Trying to Fix Black and Brown Students
Black and brown students need good schools, great teachers and professional opportunities - not personality mechanics. We should place more energy in fixing what makes schools unattractive rather than creating mentoring programs that attempt to bang square pegs into round holes. Last week, I signed on to be a mentor for a new school-based program created by Grand Rapids, Michigan, Public Schools named Grade School to Grad School (G2G). G2G focuses on black and brown boys who are chronically […]
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2:10 PM | Traits and Management
K-12 education has been convulsed for years by the idea that good teaching is a trait, a tacit justification for all the versions of the loony idea that we can increase learning by just finding the ‘bad teachers’  and firing them. The latter scheme looks even better if “finding” employs a bureaucratic, mechanistic process of testing students (on things that can be measured “objectively”–bye-bye art, music, creativity, and courage). The alternative […]
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1:00 PM | What are our academic blind spots?
Here’s a notion: When we discover a big new thing, this often requires an abandonment — or at least serious doubt — of a commonly accepted notion. I’m about a third of the way through Rob Dunn’s brand-spanking-new book about the human heart. I just finished the parts about the science of the heart before the 1900s.…
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11:45 AM | ReviewBox: stop picking on yourself – that’s our job!
I recently learned about AnxietyBox (tagline: Stop making yourself anxious – that’s our job!). The site is not currently active, apparently because it got completely overwhelmed with demand. But the basic premise was that you would enter in your main … Continue reading →
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12:48 AM | How do dogs and people respond to a crying baby?
Guest post by: Min Hooi Yong, PhD“Does your dog know when you are sad?” Puzzling question, perhaps? We get a range of answers from dog owners, from the confident “Yes!” to “Maaaaybe?”, and the hopeful “I like to think so...”. Many dogs are considered to be part of the family, and we expect our family members to empathize with us when we are sad. A recent study found that dogs showed submissive behavior (licking and nuzzling) when an adult […]

February 09, 2015

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9:26 PM | Barriers to open access publishing at a scientific not-for-profit
Things have been going rather well lately. Lots of science, days are getting longer, and I made an awesome curry last Thursday.  Wary of falling into complacency, I thought I’d open a (possible) can of worms. Please, be kind.   Open … Continue reading →
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6:17 PM | Meet Shaun Turney and Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping
This is another in the series of “Meet the arthropod ecology lab“: Meet PhD student Shaun Turney, and a neat project he’s been working on… I joined the lab in September and I’ve been really enjoying my first months as a PhD student. I haven’t done any field work yet so that means no specimens […]
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6:11 PM | ucfoodobserver:Two UC Berkeley professors are studying wild...
ucfoodobserver:Two UC Berkeley professors are studying wild edibles in the East Bay’s food deserts; there’s also a publicly accessible interactive map so urban foragers can find nutritious snacks in the wild. Find out more from Bay Area Bites.
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5:12 PM | The Cankerworm Chronicles
Cankerworms can be a serious threat to trees and other vegetations -- and researchers are taking an active role in finding ways to combat them.
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2:47 PM | New on F1000Research – 9 February 2015
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 Capsaicin from chili (Capsicum spp.) inhibits vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/4yk] Rongxia Liu, Elke H. Heiss, Dean Guo, Verena M. [...]
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2:00 PM | Should We Stop Making Kids Memorize Times Tables?
Stanford University’s Jo Boaler says teachers and parents should stop using math flash cards, stop drilling kids in addition and multiplication and especially stop forcing students to do calculations quickly under time pressure. Good-bye Mad Minute Mondays, where teachers hand out quiz sheets with 50 problems to be completed in less than a minute.  But wait — doesn’t everyone have to learn times tables?  No, says Boaler. Although her position is unorthodox, […]
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11:36 AM | Graduate positions still available in Jeremy Fox’s lab for Fall 2015/Winter 2016
You read my blog–want to join my lab? I’m currently seeking 2 graduate students (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) to start in Fall 2015 or Winter 2016. I already have one new student starting in Fall 2015; I’m looking for two more … Continue reading →
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9:25 AM | Stress Busting
Inspired by recent reports of rising mental health problems in academia plus an acute increase in stress around the department this summer when many PhD students were writing up, we decided to run a “Dealing with stress” seminar at NERD club (ironically this session was canceled previously due to the PIs being “too stressed” to run it!). It turned out to be a really positive experience, and I’d definitely run something similar again. Here is what we found out! What […]
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