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October 21, 2014

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7:30 AM | How super-resolution microscopy made me fall in love with science (again) | Steve Caplan
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a super-resolution image may be worth a thousand gigabytes and its changing the course of biomedical researchSeveral weeks ago I signed up for a workshop in super-resolution microscopy. In the meantime, before even arriving here at the US National Institutes of Health, the workshop took on dramatic additional significance, with the announcement of the three 2014 Nobel Prize winners for chemistry: Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner. These […]
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3:09 AM | Killer Lessons from an Astronaut
Wikimedia – public domain  During a  Fresh Air National Public Radio program, astronaut Christ Hadfield said that during their flight rehearsals at NASA, Astronauts go sequentially over the various problems that may result in rapid (and usually final) death if they do … Continue reading →

October 20, 2014

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11:00 PM | Play with your food UC has been part of so much research related...
Play with your food UC has been part of so much research related to food so we’re celebrating with peppermint trucks and garlic-and-bean dragons. Make a delightfully delicious collage entirely from local produce. If your collage is selected as a favorite, you can win a $75 LocalHarvest gift certificate. Get started on your collage here →
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3:00 PM | Preparing students for less-supportive environments
Over at Small Pond Science, I have a post today about how the events at last week’s Grace Hopper conference led to a discussion about better preparing our students to navigate less-supportive environments, particularly in jobs, internships, and research positions. Check it out, and if you have any insights to share, join in the conversation […]
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2:12 PM | A Resolution in October.
I am a goal-driven person. That’s how my ambition manifests. I often think, when imagining taking on some new project, that “I don’t want to die without having done it.” That’s how I felt about writing my symphony, a work still unfinished. I will work on it again one day. I think I’ll finish it. […]
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2:11 PM | Twenty Five Percent of Low-Income Urban High Schools Beat the Odds
It won’t surprise anyone to learn that wealthier high schools send more students to college than low-income high schools. But a October 2014 report from the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks college students, reveals that a quarter of low-income urban high schools are doing better than a quarter of their high-income counterparts. On average, low-income urban high schools with high concentrations of minority students sent about half, or 51 percent, of […]
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1:18 PM | What math should ecologists teach
Recently Jeremy made the point that we can’t expect ecology grad students to learn everything useful under the sun and asked in a poll what people would prioritize and toss. More math skills was a common answer of what should … Continue reading →
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1:16 PM | Thoughts on preprints and citations
A couple of months ago Micah J. Marty and I had a twitter conversation and subsequent email exchange about how citations worked with preprints. I asked Micah if I could share our email discussion since I thought it would be useful to others and he kindly said yes. What follows are Michah’s questions followed by […]
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12:49 PM | Red-Collar Research
Thanks to the real-world ingenuity of NC State textile and engineering students, there’s a passel of elephants in South Africa who’ll find it impossible to forget which villages they’re supposed to avoid.
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12:23 PM | How to answer to reviewers
This is another of the aspects of doing science that nobody explicitly teach you. The basics are pretty simple to explain (just respond to everything and point by point). You start by mimicking what your mentor does, how other co-authors respond, and how … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Having “The Talk” with students
Recently, I posted on my regular blog about two separate incidents at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. One was a male allies panel gone horribly awry, and the other (which was all over the news outlets the next day) was a statement from Microsoft’s CEO about how women should trust the system…
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11:31 AM | New on F1000Research – 20 October 2014
Happy Open Access Week! Make sure to check out what we have planned this week, and join us later today for our Google Hangout. Featured article Commercial antibodies and their validation [v2; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/4jp] JLA Voskuil This week’s featured article is about the validation of commercial antibodies. [...]
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9:00 AM | A Fortnight at the Royal Institution
I’ve been on my Professional Internship at The Royal Institution for two weeks now, and what a fun two weeks it’s been! The Ri is an amazing place. As a new starter, I’ve been on a lot of inductions, and … Continue reading →
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8:33 AM | Mastering MOOCs with Evernote
I have been using Evernote more and more as my research portal. The Evernote Clipper makes it so easy to clip whole blog entries or articles or even pages from the internet. Copying an article or set of powerpoint slides … Continue reading → The post Mastering MOOCs with Evernote appeared first on Personal Knowledge Management for Academia & Librarians.
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1:08 AM | Private Loans: Still the Most Dangerous Form of Student Loan Debt
At a time of low interest rates, our guard may be down when it comes to the dangers of taking out private student loans. After all, families with excellent credit may be able to obtain loans with interest rates lower than those available in the federal loan program. Perhaps that helps explain why more than 40 percent of college admissions directors who responded to a recent Inside Higher Ed survey said that it was “a good idea for students to take out private loans to pay for […]

October 19, 2014

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11:01 PM | Nature jargon
At a recent meeting on “Natural Capital”, Jo Pike from the World Forum on Natural Capital drew our attention to a “sustainability jargon buster” that they developed last year. Jo has a background in communications and highlighted an important point: if we are to conserve and sustainably exploit the environment, we need a common language. Ecologists can’t always agree on terminology amongst themselves but when we try to talk to economists and businesses to try and […]
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6:24 PM | News from our research topic on cerebral oxygenation #15
Another update regarding our research topic on cerebral oxygenation. The last three papers (#16 to 18) of our research topic now available at Frontiers in Physiology ! Ventilatory strategy during liver transplantation: implications for near-infrared spectroscopy-determined frontal lobe oxygenation by Henrik Sørensen, Hilary Grocott, Mads Niemann, Allan Rasmussen, Jens Hillingsø, Hans Frederiksen and Niels Secher […]
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6:01 PM | Maples
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5:53 PM | Digital culture: my so-called week
My week, my cultural week, started last Sunday when I found time to complete my listening of Radio 4’s five-part series on Dorothy Hodgkin, an extraordinary scientist who was brought vividly to life through readings of her letters. Hearing the … Continue reading →
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11:24 AM | Power Makes People Deliberate Less Over Emails
When it comes to emails, power makes people spend less time thinking and more time typing. So say German cyber-psychologists Annika Scholl and Kai Sassenberg in a new paper just published: Experienced Social Power Reduces Deliberation During E-Mail Communication In their study, they recruited 49 undergraduate students. Each participant was first randomly assigned to play […]The post Power Makes People Deliberate Less Over Emails appeared first on Neuroskeptic.
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7:24 AM | Lifeskills I Wish I Possessed
I have been, briefly, in Brussels observing some ERC panels far from my area of expertise. It’s a very interesting experience, approaching topics one knows nothing about (including not having read the proposals) but watching how proceedings unfold. As a … Continue reading →

October 18, 2014

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10:09 PM | Fieldwork – highlights
Now that I’ve gotten a lot of some much needed rest since the end of the 2014 Gotland fieldwork season, I thought I’d share some of my favourite moments from those 3 months.Filed under: My Research Experience Tagged: Animal Behaviour, Birds, Fieldwork, Gotland, Sweden
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4:15 PM | Body spills into the brain
This quarter I’m TAing for a class called Distributed Cognition, which explores a bunch of ways that cognition might not be something that happens exclusively in the brain. This week we looked at different flavors of embodiment, the idea that the body is crucial for cognition. For example, we talked about one study showing that people […]
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3:53 AM | Here's One Way to Cut Student Debt
Just stop offering the loans. President Barack Obama has a plan to rate colleges based on things like tuition, graduation rates, debt and earnings of graduates, and the percentage of poor students in the colleges. Eventually he intends that the federal government will distribute federal money at least partially based on this information. One of the concerns some in higher education have raised about this is that there are different ways colleges can react to a system that gives them higher […]

October 17, 2014

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6:10 PM | The earthquake that interrupted The World Series 25 years ago,...
The earthquake that interrupted The World Series 25 years ago, the Loma Prieta Earthquake shook through the bay area and caused severe damage and death. Due to the coverage of the 1989 World Series, it became the first major earthquake in the United States that was broadcast live. Since then researchers at UC Berkeley have developed early warning systems. Its believed that had this system been around then, San Francisco would have had a 20 second warning to duck and cover.  There were many […]
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5:15 PM | Hey! You don’t want to miss that intensive course: Cardiovascular Ultrasound in Health & Exercise Sciences
Are you a grad student, postdoc or researcher who would like to develop/improve vascular, cerebrovascular and/or cardiac ultrasound skills ? Well, you cannot miss that intensive course during which you will gain knowledge and practical skills related to the use of ultrasound applications. This summer school will be held from July 13th to 17th 2015 […]
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2:42 PM | Open Science News – 17 October 2014
Due to a small technical issue, we missed last week’s round-up of open science news, so this one is a bit longer. It’s also a very busy time of year for open science, with both Open Access Week and MozFest just days away! Read on for this, and more news. Next week is Open [...]
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2:34 PM | Comments on the CollegeNET-PayScale Social Mobility Index
The last two years have seen a great deal of attention being placed on the social mobility function that many people expect colleges to perform. Are colleges giving students from lower-income families the tools and skills they need in order to do well (and good) in society? The Washington Monthly college rankings (which I calculate) were the first entrant in this field nearly a decade ago, and we also put out lists of the Best Bang for the Buck and Affordable Elite colleges in this year’s […]
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2:26 PM | Tracing School Funding Inequities All the Way Down to the School
Almost every education policy debate serves as a partial proxy for something else. Debates about expanding pre-K access are often really about disagreements regarding the scope of the federal government and/or money. Debates about school choice are often about protecting the real estate-based privileges of neighborhood school boundaries or efforts to blur church-state boundaries. Debates about the Common Core State Standards are often secretly about the Muslim Brotherhood, the United Nations, […]
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12:58 PM | Hello there !
Good morning dear readers, Just to let you know that I am now around and should remove the dust from this blog soon ! cheers!Filed under: Uncategorized
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