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December 02, 2014

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1:58 AM | Franklin’s honor isn’t in Watson’s medal
The gossip of the scientific water cooler (aka Twitter) the past week: James Watson is selling his Nobel Medal. Watson, with his colleague Francis Crick, received the Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 for their work on the structure of … Continue reading →
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12:02 AM | Condom Couture Today is World AIDS Day and several years ago...
Condom Couture Today is World AIDS Day and several years ago Brazilian artist Adriana Bertini produced dresses made entirely of condoms. She was trying to raise awareness and inspire the use of condoms, the critical vehicle for preventing AIDS. Dress Up Against AIDS: Condom Couture was exhibited at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.

December 01, 2014

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11:00 PM | Your 2014 Winter Solstice Gift Guide!
The days are short, the nights are long, the only solace we can take from the coming cold and darkness is to give each other gifts. If you’re a nerd like us maybe you want those gifts to have a science bent? Well we are here to help you out with that with our annual […]
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6:44 PM | One shirt, two shirt, red shirt, #scishirt! Or, when life hands you sexism in science, make a hashtag.
First, some backstory: On November 12, the Rosetta space probe’s Philae lander was the first spacecraft to land on a comet. During a televised broadcast of the event, ESA project scientist Matt Taylor wore #thatshirt, creating an internet #shirtstorm. I was sympathetic in that I get what Taylor was trying to […]
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5:20 PM | Wins for Athletes Could Cost Fellow Students Steeper Fees
Wins by college athletes in courtrooms and boardrooms could end up as losses for their nonathlete classmates. High-profile legal cases and NCAA policy changes are likely to boost the cost of fielding big-time athletics programs, and students—even those who never attend a single college basketball or football game—may have to foot the bill. Some schools have already hinted they would pay athletes thousands of dollars more per year after NCAA officials said they might allow […]
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5:17 PM | Three Lessons from Data on Children's Reading Habits
More than a decade ago a company called Renaissance Learning developed a computerized way for teachers to track students’ reading outside of the classroom. Instead of pasting stars on a chart each time a student says he has read a book, the teacher sits a student in front of a computer screen to answer a quiz on the book to prove he’s read it. The computer keeps track of how many and which books a student has read, along with the level of reading difficulty and whether a […]
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4:30 PM | #AcWriMo final progress report
Yesterday marked the close of #AcWriMo 2014, that month-long festival of academic writing. At my last two check-in points, I was making slow but steady progress towards at least one of my goals. So how’d I end up doing this year? Revise my failed NSF proposal from 2012: MET (with some caveats). I’m calling this […]
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2:38 PM | New on F1000Research – 1 December 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.   Articles welcoming your feedback As you know, you can always comment on any article in F1000Research, but there are two recent articles that should be of broad interest to many [...]
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2:15 PM | What reference manager is the best option?
Managing references can be a major pain in the butt. It’s one of the more annoying parts assembling a manuscript, especially when you have to reformat after a rejection. So, what’s the most efficient way of managing references for a manuscript? Some of the options people use are BibTeX, Endnote, Mendeley, Papers, Reference Manager, Zotero. Or you could just keep…
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2:04 PM | Q&A on Review and Revision of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone
Here are answers to some questions about the recent announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding a proposed revision to the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone from Dr. H. Christopher Frey, Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University and chair of the EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.
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1:22 PM | Home from Bermuda!
For the second year in a row, I spent Thanksgiving in Bermuda with BB. Four days of balmy weather and sunny skies and tooling around on a little death machine. Friday, having rented the little scooter less than three hours earlier, I took a turn badly and down we went. I took the brunt of […]
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11:30 AM | Unhappy Hour: Non-Drinkers Devise Strategies to Navigate Booze-Centered Work Events
From holiday parties to happy hours, social events with co-workers and clients often revolve around alcohol, which can put non-drinkers in an awkward position: they don’t want to drink, but they do want to take part in events they feel are important to networking and career advancement without making drinkers feel bad. That perceived tension leads non-drinkers to develop techniques to fit in socially without taking a drink.
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11:21 AM | What sort of papers win the Mercer Award?
The deadline for submitting nominations for the Ecological Society of America’s various awards is Dec. 15. Details of the awards and how to submit nominations are here. Nominating someone for an award is a great way to honor deserving work … Continue reading →
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10:00 AM | Gratefulness, Mindfulness and Productivity
The rush, craziness, joy and anticipation of the holiday season has already begun.  As my gift to you, I’d like to remind you (or perhaps introduce to some of you) of tools that we have to help us deal with … Continue reading → The post Gratefulness, Mindfulness and Productivity appeared first on Personal Knowledge Management for Academia & Librarians.
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2:53 AM | Stanford Might Not Like Coal, But it Sure Likes Oil
Back in May, in response to widespread protests by environmentally active students, Stanford University announced that it would stop investing in companies that did business in coal. Citing environmental concerns, the university explained its decision like this: Acting on a recommendation of Stanford’s Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing, the Board of Trustees announced that Stanford will not make direct investments in coal mining companies. The move reflects the […]
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2:14 AM | #bakeyourstudyorganism
Surprisingly, Meg has never made Daphnia cookies–until now! It's not perfect, Jeremy @DynamicEcology, but here's a Daphnia cookie. (Some hippos, too) pic.twitter.com/dwjA2llFnC — Meghan Duffy (@duffy_ma) November 30, 2014 She made my study organism too. This is clearly a Colpidium … Continue reading →
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12:01 AM | The Sinai Hairstreak: rarer than the Giant Panda and the Snow Leopard
In 2010 I graduated from the Department of Zoology in Trinity College Dublin. I spent the next year travelling and completing any wildlife related internship or voluntary position I could get my hands on. I soon faced a dilemma; should I follow in the footsteps of my friends in academia and find a PhD or should I keep searching for a conservation job? I really didn’t know if academia was for me but I knew it would be a great advantage if I wanted to make any kind of an impact in the […]

November 30, 2014

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2:00 PM | Battling cancer or…?
I’ve been thinking a lot about how we talk about cancer (and illness more generally) over the past few months, one metaphor seems pervasive, almost inevitable: cancer as an enemy that we battle. We say that someone is fighting cancer, and eventually every patient will either beat it or lose his battle to cancer. Luckily, there’s […]
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10:17 AM | How Mendeley Helps PhD Students Become Successful Scientists
Originally posted on The Thesis Whisperer:I believe it’s important to find a reference manager that fits your working style. Most university libraries teach and support Endnote because it was one of the first to market. Many people end up…
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8:21 AM | The Choices Not Taken
It is all too easy to think our lives are determined by the choices we make, and of course to a large extent that is true. But it is equally true that our lives are determined by what we actively … Continue reading →
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1:08 AM | Who Should Provide Training for Manufacturing Jobs?
According to a piece in Community College Daily, more American community colleges are expanding to include training for manufacturing jobs for high school graduates. Such programs, while not exactly new for community colleges, do represent an expansion of the jobs training part of such schools. Is this really the best way to working class people to obtain good jobs, however? According to the article: ​The new $8-million advanced manufacturing center opened by [Washington state's] […]

November 29, 2014

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3:54 PM | School Kids to New Orleans Bureaucrats: Show Us the Money
NEW ORLEANS - School buildings in the Crescent City will become monuments to our differences instead of the beacons of learning they are supposed to be if New Orleanians reject a preservation program for educational facilities in the voting booth on Dec. 6. It’s a funding conflict that mirrors power disputes around the country over whether the states, or local, elected boards should control schools. Anything but a vote to pass the measure ignores what New Orleans children went through […]

November 28, 2014

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8:25 PM | Cerebral oxygenation in health and disease: the end…or is it the beginning ??
A few months ago, I got the opportunity to organize a research topic, which represents a collection of articles that addresses a specific research area, to be published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology. Phil Ainslie, Niels Secher and I proposed the topic entitled Cerebral oxygenation in health and disease, which was subsequently accepted by […]
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