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July 20, 2014

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2:55 AM | Discussing evolution is fruitful: Or, Why I don’t shut up about evolution
[This is a repost from my guest post this week over on the blog of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action. Great posts are added weekly, so go check it out! http://beacon-center.org/] As a woman raised in the South, and now returning to it as I finish my dissertation, I am reminded of a […]

July 18, 2014

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10:36 PM | Open Science News – 18 July 2014
What was new in open science this week? Let’s admit it, as scientists we will “hack” anything in order to get the job done! Check out what Prof. Joshua Pearce (Michigan Tech) is doing with 3D printers! Have a “hack” of your own? Submit it to the F1000Specialists video competition! F1000Research Advisory Board Member, and F1000 [...]
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6:17 PM | How wealth is passed on through the generations You may have...
How wealth is passed on through the generations You may have seen John Oliver use the lottery to demonstrate how income inequality works, but why has it recently become more of a problem?  UC Berkeley’s Robert Reich talks about how our recent policies around the estate tax have long term consequences: We’re on the cusp of the largest inter-generational wealth transfer in history. The “self-made” man or woman, the symbol of American meritocracy, is […]
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3:16 PM | When Teachers Cheat
What do we need all of these damn standardized tests for, anyway? Shouldn’t we just trust the teachers? So wonders Greg Jouriles in an interesting piece at Education Week. And he’s got a good point: Standardized tests are unnecessary because they rarely show what we don't already know. Ask any teacher and she can tell you which students can read and write. That telling usually comes in the form of letter grades or evaluations that break down progress on skills. So trust the […]
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2:08 PM | Collecting Experiences
Is the market truly choked with addiction memoirs? Can I cram one more salty snack into America’s slack-jawed gullet? I want to write a book. I want to write a book the same way I want to write a symphony. It’s not so much that I want to share something so much. It’s that I […]
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11:35 AM | Friday links: revisiting old papers, life after lab closure, and more
Also this week: how being a cyclist is like being a woman, scads of advice for navigating the tenure track, against rejection without review, and more. Oh, and the National Science Foundation has been reading our old posts. At least, … Continue reading →
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5:17 AM | What the hell is the Anthropocene anyway?
When I was a kid, I used to drag my parents out gem/mineral/fossil hunting all the time. Possibly in revenge for all these field trips, much later my Dad threw out my mineral collection that had been stored in his garage for a decade or two while I was working overseas (Not that I'm bitter about that or anything).Anyway, as a 12 year old I was an expert on geological eras, periods and epochs. Apparently, my childhood knowledge is now out of date (and probably mostly lost in forgotten recesses […]

July 17, 2014

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9:45 PM | Bend It Like Magnus
It’s World Cup time, and around the world football and soccer fans are lining up to complain about how stupid the word “soccer” is. 31 of the world’s best footballing nations (and England) came to Brazil for a chance at glory and honor in the world’s favorite pastime. While many of the people in the […]
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7:11 PM | Chess & its Regional Variations In Orthogonal/Diagonal, UCLA...
Chess & its Regional Variations In Orthogonal/Diagonal, UCLA alumna Nova Jiang redesigns regional chess variants from Asia and elsewhere, by creating game pieces that sculpturally convey their rules of movement and relative power on the board. Eight of these games were 3D-printed and presented for the public to play with as part of an exhibition. The variants presented include Chess and its predecessor Shatranj, as well as Makruk (Thailand), Janggi (Korea), Shatar (Mongolia), Sittuyin […]
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4:27 PM | Sexual harassment and rape in field sciences, part II
A new paper by Kate Clancy and colleagues came out in PLoS One this week, and it paints an alarming picture regarding field work: 64% of survey respondents had personally experienced sexual harassment and 21.7% had been sexually assaulted while … Continue reading →
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1:51 PM | Context is larger than an article
I'm often slow to the punch when things hit the internet, and as a consequence regularly avoid re-hashing things that others have covered better. Such was the case yesterday when the cover of Science hit the stands and others were quick to call bullshit, and zoom out a bit at a larger problem. Both of […]
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1:33 PM | Missteps.
I have opinions on things. They’re often not particularly well-informed. I have gut feelings that I often run with. On a regular basis I find that they lead me to cul-de-sacs where I am trying to defend a position I no longer believe in. I usually speak before thinking. I usually think before listening. I […]
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7:36 AM | We have work to do
I’m not a linguist, but I think the theory that swearing and other “taboo” words came about to express extreme emotion.  Regular readers of The Lab & Field will know that I rarely (never?) use such words.  Similarly, in scientific writing, we couch emotion in verbose syntactical constructions, often devoid of feeling. Such will not be the case […]
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4:53 AM | Does Khan Academy Work?
Khan Academy, a non-profit educational organization that offers instruction via video tutorials on YouTube, is one of the newest exciting developments in education. So many of us today learn how to do things--cook food, do home repair, change the oil in our cars--using videos we found by Googling stuff on the internet. It makes sense to extend this to education. Why shouldn't we let people learn at their own pace? This is what spurred former hedge fund analyst Salman Khan to create the academy […]
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3:49 AM | Why San Francisco's Dysfunctional Community College Gets to Suvive
Last fall former Monthly editor Haley Sweetland Edwards wrote a piece for this magazine about California’s low-performing community colleges. She concentrated on the City College of San Francisco, a community college that had recently endured one of the worst fates to befall an institution of higher learning. As she wrote: Earlier on the… afternoon of my visit, the regional accrediting commission announced its decision to strip the seventy-eight-year-old institution of its […]

July 16, 2014

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8:57 PM | Federal Education Data Show Male-Female Wage Gap Among Young College Graduates Remains High
Conventional wisdom has it that young men and women tend to earn similar wages as young adults, but that the male-female gap widens a lot with age, especially as women “lean out” during their child-bearing years. The Pew Research Center, for example, calculated that young adult women (ages 25-34) earned 93 cents for each dollar that her male counterpart earned in 2012. Near parity. But the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education, which surveyed a nationally […]
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7:13 PM | OYM41: EMLgrating to Heterotopia
It’s an ultra-rare episode this week, with all three hosts in the same room!  It’s a limited time engagement and won’t last long so appreciate the recording quality while it lasts. This week, Kat’s been dealing with the sting of failed experiments.  After spending tireless hours in the lab, her protocol still has bugs.  Between ...read more The post OYM41: EMLgrating to Heterotopia appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.
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6:44 PM | Fame versus Impact
Just a quick post, and kind of a somber one. Hopefully, it will have a bit of impact as the new academic year approaches, and get educators like myself thinking.Imagine a classroom of 100 freshmen students.  Some eager, some nervous, some world-weary and cynical, and some half-asleep.  In other words, a slice of the college age, university attending, population.Ask them if they know the name "Norman Borlaug."Then ask them if they know the name "Kim Kardashian."I think you can tell […]
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6:41 PM | F1000 Specialists video competition – celebrating 1 year
To mark our first anniversary we’re running a special competition. We invite all our F1000 Specialists to submit a short video describing the research carried out in their lab. The video can be quirky, serious – whatever sums up the research in your lab – we want to hear about it. Every video [...]
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5:12 PM | "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool."
“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” -  Richard Feynman (via ucsciencetoday)
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4:48 PM | There’s A Place For Heroic Gambles In Science
Over at Paul Knoepfler’s excellent Stem Cell Blog, commenter Robert Geller (@rjgeller) offers some remarkable data about the hiring of a disgraced scientist. Geller queries why Haruko Obokata, the biologist at the center of the “STAP” stem cell scandal, was ever given her job. Obokata is a Research Unit Leader (RUL) at Japan’s national Riken […]The post There’s A Place For Heroic Gambles In Science appeared first on Neuroskeptic.
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3:35 PM | Beyond Subprime Learning: Our Ideas for Accelerating Progress in Early Education
In January, the Early Education Initiative released the report Subprime Learning: Early Education in America Since the Great Recession. We found that during the last five years the federal government and states focused on building infrastructure and improving coordination across early childhood programs. This attention was sorely needed, but now it’s time to turn the focus to teaching and learning in the early years and up through third grade. Our new report, Beyond Subprime Learning: […]
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2:20 PM | LEGO Lab Proposal Has Exciting Possibilities for Cell Biologists
"ALEster" is the pseudonym of a self–described postdoc in molecular biology who wants to build a highly portable cell biology lab, including cell culture incubator, laminar flow hood, and fluorescence microscope, that you could take everywhere you go. It occupies 15 square inches (.381 square meters) of floor space. ALEster is an AFOL, that is, an Adult Fan of LEGO, so his pocket lab was designed with LEGO bricks, complete with PI, Professor Umami, and postdoctoral fellows, the red-haired […]
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12:22 PM | Pre-tenure Blog Carnival Wrap up!
I realized yesterday that I put the new Pre-tenure Advice page up without actually writing a post to introduce it. I've added new posts as they come in and will continue to do so. I also plan on routing through some other blogs and I've got to spend a bit of time looking through my […]
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12:00 PM | Teaching Challenges: group projects
Science is a collaborative effort and in essence, more and more of our scientific effort is done in groups. We come up with projects together, divide the labour, and co-write the papers that come out of it. So the idea of the lone scientist, working away in a solitary lab is really something for the…
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11:00 AM | Poll: How do you interpret two-way ANOVAs?
In ecology, it’s common to manipulate two factors at once – say, nutrient levels and herbivory. The standard way to analyze such a design is with a two-way ANOVA. What I’m interested in knowing (in part as the basis for … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | ‘Corpse Talk’ by Adam Murphy
What a pleasure it was to meet Adam and Lisa at Comic Con – held recently in Glasgow. Lisa introduced me to Adam’s latest creation – the wonderful comic book ‘Corpse Talk’. Here, Adam’s namesake cartoon character resurrects dead famous characters from history and interviews them on their fame or notoriety. There’s a good mix of well known […]
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7:35 AM | Shuffling Forward in Education
This week has been full of surprises in Whitehall. The departure of David Willetts was foreseen. Indeed, it has been predicted just about every time there has been a ministerial reshuffle in the recent past. He will be missed by … Continue reading →
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5:09 AM | AMEE 2014 and preparing for a conference
This year I will be attending the AMEE conference in Milan, Italy. The AMEE Conference provides an opportunity for all with an interest in medical and health professions education to meet together to hear about what’s new in the area, to share ideas and to network with colleagues from around the world. During my career […] Related posts:2008 Conference on Happiness and Its Causes E-Mental Health Summit and Health 2.0 Conference Gel Health, Conference About The Patient Experience […]
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4:25 AM | We're FORC-ed!
So now we have no end of FORC jokes here, as we have launched our new ARC Industrial Tranformation Training Centre: The Food Omics Research Centre (FORC). The aim of our Centre, led by Professor Paul Haynes is to develop a molecular technology platform enabling the next revolution in the food industry. One of my PhD students, Hasinaka, is working within this Centre to investigate whether a sugar cane fibre-based dietary supplement can improve your digestive health through the changing the […]
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