August 22, 2014

7:18 PM | The Society for Neuroscience receiving both barrels
Apologies for the third post about open access publishing in a row. Normal service will resume shortly! I wanted to bring attention to a second open letter published, inspired by our first one to the Association for the Advancement of American Science (AAAS). This letter was aimed at a smaller society, the Society for Neuroscience, and […]
6:16 PM | "When you look at the sunflowers you planted six weeks ago and they now dwarf you, it puts all the..."
“When you look at the sunflowers you planted six weeks ago and they now dwarf you, it puts all the intellectual parts of your learning in a pretty real-world frame of reference — you can see growth visibly come to life, and it’s really satisfying.” - UCLA’s Anne McKnight talking about her class on urban agriculture.
5:42 PM | Michelle Rhee Leaves the Education Reform Trenches
Just about no one has a mixed view of former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee. Even the announcement that she’s stepping down from leadership at the education reform organization Students First prompted a firestorm of commentary. So I decided to add a few (quieter) thoughts about Rhee’s departure in a TPM column this week: ...if Rhee’s departure feels like a surrender, her critics have badly misunderstood the state of American education debates. There are […]
4:10 PM | Open Science News – 22 August 2014
What was new in open science this week? CGIAR is running a competition “to find new, enticing and innovative online ways to present CGIAR research facts, figures and open data sources”. After the Open Source Pharma conference, attendees launched a Thunderclap to draw more attention to the need for open source drug [...]
4:00 PM | Transfer Students Often Don't Get Credit
A frequent recommendation of financial planners is that for parents want to save money on college they should sending their kids to inexpensive community colleges and then transfer to a four-year schools after two years. That way the student gets the name brand degrees at half the price. While I’ve long questioned how appropriate a solution this really is to the cost problem—If more students want to go to community colleges, how do the community colleges cope? They don’t have […]
4:00 PM | Sing your spiders away
Just found this in the Metro: Must be something to do with the frequency of his voice, bet it vibrates the web so the spider thinks it either has prey or is being attacked. I am sad that the Metro … Continue reading →
12:49 PM | The Science of Depression
Good and short video about the possible explanations for the origin of depression. From serotonin, to neurogenesis and genetics.   Related posts:Science, gender and the emergence of depression in American psychiatry 1950-1980 Genes Predict Reponse to Lithium Addition for Treatment Resistant Depression Why Can’t We find a Gene for Depression?
11:15 AM | Friday links: text mining the ESA meeting, the rise and decline of the US (Forest Service), and more
Also this week: Shark Week jumps the shark, salmon cannon (really?!), depressing data on the gender gap in tenure decisions (in some fields), no we shouldn’t shut down all comment sections, and more. Oh, and Google Maps vs. the Proclaimers. … Continue reading →
11:11 AM | Why Athletics Resembles Academia
Today it’s four years exactly since my first blogpost appeared. Four years of having fun writing about different sorts of things: academic life, committee work and membership, the issues facing women and the joys and frustrations of working at disciplinary … Continue reading →
8:53 AM | Peer review service recognition – ORCID-CASRAI recommendations need your feedback
As I posted earlier this year, I have been co-chairing the CASRAI Peer Review Services Working Group together with Laura Paglione (Technical Director, ORCID) to look at the best way to recognise referee reports as a formal output in for example an ORCID profile. This project has looked at the peer review [...]
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