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August 08, 2014

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1:49 PM | As State Pre-K Expands, Where Does Head Start Fit In?
Much of the expanding policy conversation around early childhood education has revolved around state pre-K. Head Start, the country’s largest early education program, has been somewhat left out of the conversation. Providing approximately one million children from low-income families with comprehensive services, Head Start can play a pivotal role in the lives of many youngsters. When implemented well, Head Start can be a high-quality pre-K model. However, the program has its critics and […]
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1:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘Stockholm’
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11:58 AM | Friday links: highly significant increase in marginal significance, hidden female authors, the evolution of Groot, and more
Also this week: smartphone microscopes, ranking universities way back when, grade inflation and what to do about it, trading sex for co-authorship, why it feels like you work 80 hours per week even though you don’t, how to write fast, … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘change everything’
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4:16 AM | Thanks, but no thanks
I am posting from the q-bio Summer School, where we are enjoying many discussions about modeling. Several lecturers have advised the junior modelers attending the school, who are mostly graduate students and postdocs, to find an experimental collaborator. I appreciate the advice and the benefits of having an experimental collaborator, but I am usually quite irked by the reasons stated for seeking out opportunities to collaborate with an experimentalist. One reason I've heard many times is that […]
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12:00 AM | Do Narcissists Know They’re Narcissists?
According to a provocative paper just published, it’s possible to accurately determine how narcissistic someone is by asking them just one thing. Here’s the question in full: To what extent do you agree with this statement: I am a narcissist? (Note: The word ‘narcissist’ means egotistical, self-focused, and vain.) Answer on a scale from 1 […]The post Do Narcissists Know They’re Narcissists? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Konrath S, Meier BP & Bushman BJ (2014). Development and Validation of the Single Item Narcissism Scale (SINS)., PLoS ONE, 9 (8) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25093508

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August 07, 2014

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7:17 PM | ucsdhealthsciences: Pepper and Halt: Spicy Chemical May Inhibit...
ucsdhealthsciences: Pepper and Halt: Spicy Chemical May Inhibit Gut Tumors Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that dietary capsaicin – the active ingredient in chili peppers – produces chronic activation of a receptor on cells lining the intestines of mice, triggering a reaction that ultimately reduces the risk of colorectal tumors. The findings are published in the August 1, 2014 issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation. The […]
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6:28 PM | Streamlining in Early Ed Doesn't Mean Eliminating Programs
Observers of early childhood education in the U.S., from parents to researchers to policymakers, would be hard-pressed to find much evidence that the country has any system at all. Child care providers are siloed from pre-K teachers, who are often removed from opportunities available to K-12 schools. Families face a hodgepodge of eligibility rules and requirements as they move from home visiting to Head Start (or to a state-funded pre-K program). Even federal funding streams barely intersect, […]
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5:13 PM | Paid Interns Only.
I don’t accept unpaid interns. MECMC is a teaching hospital, and it is affiliated with VFU, a major university with a prominent medical college. Just down the way there is UHR, another fine school with a well-respected school of medicine, and school of nursing. Vast swarms of undergrads at both institutions are, like just about […]
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4:31 PM | Building a Better Student Loan Default Measure
Student loan default rates have been a hot political topic as of late given increased accountability pressures at the federal level. Currently, colleges can lose access to all federal financial aid (grants as well as loans) if more than 25% of students defaulted on their loans within two years of leaving college for three consecutive cohorts. Starting later this year, the measure used will be the default rate within three years of leaving college, and the cutoff for federal eligibility will […]
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘too seriously’
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4:00 PM | No, We Can't 'Coach' the Poor to Success in College
A new book, Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Education, by Buffy Smith, an associate professor of sociology and criminal justice at Minnesota’s University of St. Thomas, argues that colleges should help low-income students by trying to help them navigate American higher education’s “hidden curriculum.” Because, in theory, once the historically disadvantaged understand the hidden rules of college, then they’ll get it and succeed. There is […]
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2:00 PM | A vacationing scientist.
Last month we traveled as a family to Corsica for a real honest to goodness vacation. We spent days on the beach and exploring medieval towns. It was mostly sunny and warm and relaxing. But…I did bring my computer. I had minor heart palpitations when I realised that the cottage we were staying in did…
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1:53 PM | New NIH 3D Print Exchange Offers Open Access To Three-Dimensional Printing Tools
In Hollywood and in 3D molecular printing, you start with a script. But the scripts that Darrell Hurt offers bioscience researchers help them to make molecular discoveries more easily. Hurt is the section head at the Computational Biology Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch at the NIH, where he recently launched the NIH 3D Print Exchange. http://3dprint.nih.gov/ The Exchange offers open-access to ready-to-use scripts, the instructions that drive 3D printers, so scientists can […]
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11:47 AM | Self-promotion in science: poll results and commentary
At this point we’ve probably gotten about as many responses as we’re going to get to our poll on self-promotion in science. Thanks to everyone who took the poll! Here are the results, with some commentary. First, as a commenter … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘enough’
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8:51 AM | There's more: Microbiology Faculty position available
In addition to the Synthetic Biology/Bioinformatic Faculty positions we just advertised, we also have a new faculty position available in Microbiology at Macquarie University. This would be a level B appointment (roughly equivalent to a new Assistant Professor in the USA). Again, applications close on Sunday 31 August 2014, 11:55pm.

August 06, 2014

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9:16 PM | Understanding the real shape of our moon In the 1960s lunar...
Understanding the real shape of our moon In the 1960s lunar orbiters photographed the moon with great precision and sent back some of the most detailed images of the lunar surface.  This was to scout a location for the manned missions to the moon.   Today the tape drives that these images were stored on are part of a recent project to bring the images to the public.  A group of techno archaeologists operate out of an abandoned McDonalds (in the top photo) that they call […]
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9:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘Physicists’
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6:14 PM | The results are nice, but what I really need to know is HOW you did it
For the past few days I’ve been at the 2014 Library Assessment Conference in Seattle, WA. It has been a great conference and I’ve got tons to think about and lots to do when I get back to work. As I listen to all of the presentations one of the biggest things that strikes me […]
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4:56 PM | Why Does UVA's Board Need a Gag Rule?
Apparently the University of Virginia, which back in 2012 got into a lot of trouble when the school’s Board of Visitors tried to fire its popular president for her lack of enthusiasm for an ambiguous plan to move toward more technology and Internet-based instruction, had a new plan to try to avoid controversy. Under new rules made public by the Washington Post, members of the school’s board would no longer be allowed to speaking publically if they had any object to decisions […]
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘how the hell’
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2:51 PM | The Common Core State Standards Aren't a Big Deal
In a new column at Talking Points Memo, Conor P. Williams points out that, despite the superheated rhetoric, the Common Core State Standards are really pretty boring policy. But we should still stick with them. Common Core standards are neither a curse nor a cure-all. Neither pox nor panacea. But we should still stick with them. Why? Here’s something that most Americans don’t realize about our education system: we rarely have a good idea about what’s going on. We spend […]
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12:28 PM | The World’s Best Coffee.
I grew up in Seattle. As a child of the grim Pacific winter, I was bottle-fed coffee from birth. And there is good coffee in Seattle. Little trailers with espresso machines in grocery store parking lots are your best bet for the truly great stuff. Usually operated at a languid pace by someone who desperately wishes […]
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12:15 PM | Four rules for long distance collaborations
One trend of ecology, science, and life generally is increasingly doing work with people who are not physically in the same location. Some examples of collaborating remotely that are part of my academic life include: Students in different locations – some … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘reveal thy secrets’
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7:44 AM | Mulling it Over
Writing. Putting finger to keyboard. Churning out the thesis (or paper or grant proposal). This week’s cartoon in the THE reflected on this challenge of thesis-writing, ending with the punchline ‘Writing: the most impossible short distance in the history of … Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | How can closing stroke units improve survival rates? | Richard P Grant
According to a paper published in the BMJ, the future just got a little brighter for victims of stroke and London is leading the wayThe last time I saw great-aunt Ivy she was lying in a hospital bed with a tube stringing from her nose. One side of her face was flaccid and unmoving. There was no spark of recognition at our approach, and when she did manage to speak, all we could do was nod and smile and interpret the unintelligible syllables as best we could. The second stroke brought relief of […]
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5:53 AM | OYM 44: Do the Wave (complex)
Reunited at last! The OYM team is back together in studio this week, for another thrilling neuroscience adventure.  This week, Liam’s hunting for apartments while Adel’s still chained to his thesis and Kat’s weathering the self-esteem cyclone that’s been brought on by her imminent candidacy exam.  Luckily we all seem to take reprieve in the ...read more The post OYM 44: Do the Wave (complex) appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.
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12:44 AM | John Oliver as an Instruction Librarian
I’ve been a big John Oliver fan from his time at the Daily Show and his weekly podcast with Andy Zaltzman, The Bugle, but I never knew just how effective he could be as an instruction librarian. Just watch this video below as he carefully examines the emerging media form of native advertisements and the problems […]
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