January 20, 2015

10:10 PM | Temporary tattoo measures glucose without a needle Scientists...
Temporary tattoo measures glucose without a needle Scientists from the University of California, San Diego have developed an easy-to-wear, temporary tattoo that can accurately measure glucose levels in the skin, allowing diabetics to monitor their levels without a finger prick test. Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have tested a temporary tattoo that both extracts and measures the level of glucose in the fluid in between skin cells. This first-ever example of the […]
7:19 PM | Why Carrots Taste Sweeter In Winter UCLA’s Liz...
Why Carrots Taste Sweeter In Winter UCLA’s Liz Roth-Johnson explains why carrots have more sugar when it’s cold outside. Because plants are immobile, they must develop defense techniques against predators and the severe cold in winter. For example, carrots have developed the physiological response of increasing their sugar content when it’s cold outside. This helps stop ice crystal formations and prevents damage to the carrot’s cells. Frost can do a lot of damage to a […]
4:16 PM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Helen Huang
Meet Helen Huang, a biomedical engineer whose work aims to improve the quality of life of people with physical disabilities.
3:20 PM | At Education Week: Connect Children to the Classroom Early
Last week, Education Week released its annual Quality Counts report. This year, the report includes an expansive focus on early education: “Preparing to Launch: Early Childhood’s Academic Countdown.” It’s worth checking out. As part of the release, I wrote a commentary in response to this question posed by Education Week: What’s a research concern that we still need answered about early-childhood education? I say that while there has been a great deal of research […]
2:06 PM | Just Tell Them You Can Do It.
Saturday night, BB and I went out to dinner with a person I work with and his wife. We went to a cozy little French restaurant and really enjoyed it. I had the venison. It was a good decision. The four of us enjoyed a wide-ranging conversation over three hours. BB and I both have […]
1:16 PM | Changing course, Part 3: Open exploration
Previously biochembelle started taking a look at what she had to offer the professional world. Now the question was, where did she want to go? I had spent a long time focusing on others – their needs, their expectations, their … Continue reading →
1:00 PM | Why I’m a little sour on crowdfunding
Here’s an idea for a new way to fund science: We can just create websites about our projects, and then ask taxpayers to vote for competing research proposals, based on which ones they see on social media. I didn’t say it was a good idea. This is, essentially, what crowdfunding is. I know (and also internet-know) a…
11:57 AM | Do gender and imposter syndrome influence where scientists submit their manuscripts?
A recent conversation with a colleague got me wondering: do men and women differ in whether they are more likely to submit work to “top” journals? More specifically: are men more likely to stretch with a submission, and women more … Continue reading →
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January 19, 2015

9:12 PM | "Education and social class are two of the research topics I am most interested in as a sociologist...."
“Education and social class are two of the research topics I am most interested in as a sociologist. Our hope with this book was to shine a light on the experiences of underprivileged students at large public universities, and I’m proud to have contributed to the understanding of such an important issue.” - Laura Hamilton, UC Merced sociologist. Coauthored by Elizabeth A. Armstrong, “Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality” follows a group of 53 […]
8:23 PM | Pillow basalts at Point Bonita
It's amazing how quickly I'm capable of abandoning my blogging resolutions, really. Here we are, a couple of weeks into the new year and I've failed to a) post more often and b) talk about my research. (I swear I have a post in the works about that, but it's gotten long and unwieldy and in desperate need of editing!) But this weekend I'm going to keep a couple of the other resolutions, and blog about the trip I took yesterday to the Marin Headlands.
5:45 PM | In 1965, about a month after his historic march from Selma to...
In 1965, about a month after his historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech at UCLA about allowing African Americans to play a greater role in determining their own political destiny and sharing in the country’s prosperity. "I have faith in the future because I know somehow that, although the arc of the universe is long, it bends toward justice." While King’s soaring speech became part of campus lore, it was only recently […]
4:59 PM | Scientific Meetings and Advocacy: same place, different events?
Name: Bruno da Rocha-Azevedo* Conventional wisdom says that scientific confe...
3:17 PM | New on F1000Research – 19 January 2015
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. Featured article Shaping the Future of Research: a perspective from junior scientists [v2; ref status: indexed,] Gary S. McDowell, Kearney T. W. Gunsalus, Drew C. MacKellar, Sarah [...]
3:14 PM | Three Lessons From Data on the Best Ways to Give Feedback to Students
Proponents of computerized instruction often point out that software can give instant feedback to students. And that helps students learn more. That’s why a personal tutor can be so powerful. He or she can immediately react when there’s a misunderstanding and provide an explanation or a hint. But the truth is, educators don’t really understand how a teacher’s feedback leads to learning and exactly what kinds of feedback work best. A team of researchers led by Fabienne […]
3:09 PM | How We Can Pay Tribute to Mothers of Slain Children on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
They say, “A mother’s work is never done.” Depressingly, the work referenced in this motto can be that of social justice. As new leadership emerges in highflying cases of injustice, mothers of slain unarmed black men and boys have become primary teachers of the prevention of racial bias and discrimination. The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and an unrecognized number speak with unequivocal clarity as to who and what kill our children. As Sybrina […]
8:47 AM | Pathway to PhD: should I do a masters degree or an internship?
With deadlines looming for attractive PhD scholarships such as the Irish Research Council, current undergraduates often realise that the path to a PhD is somewhat opaque, with many different ways to get there. Finding a PhD is something we have covered already, but a question I often get asked is: do I need a MSc or can I go straight in, or what about an internship? There is nothing stopping you going straight into a PhD from your undergraduate degree, but it can be difficult to be competitive […]
8:00 AM | Goal Setting for a New Year
I used to belong to a women’s group where each January, the leader of the group would pass around a bowl of cardboard angels cut out from old Christmas cards. On the back of each colorful angel was a single … Continue reading → The post Goal Setting for a New Year appeared first on Personal Knowledge Management for Academia & Librarians.
2:30 AM | discoverynews: Vemödalen: The Fear That Everything Has Already...
discoverynews: Vemödalen: The Fear That Everything Has Already Been Done
12:34 AM | Conspiracy deathmatch
I realized recently that, in the best tradition of fighting fire with fire, it’s possible to counter some conspiracy theories by invoking other conspiracy theories. The best two examples I’ve come up with so far are as follows: The anti-vaccination … Continue reading →

January 18, 2015

6:53 PM | Comments on President Obama's State of the Union Higher Education Proposals
As President Obama enters the last two years of his presidency, he has made higher education one of the key points in his policy platform. The announcement of a plan to give students two years of free tuition at community colleges has gotten a great deal of attention, even though a lot of details are still lacking. (See my analysis of the plan here.) In an unusual Saturday night release, the Obama Administration laid out some details of its tax proposals that will be further elaborated in […]
6:12 PM | kqedscience: Coming up Tuesday on Deep Look: The Fantastic Fur...
kqedscience: Coming up Tuesday on Deep Look: The Fantastic Fur of Sea Otters Brrr…it’s wintertime and depending on where you live, it’s chilly outside! But sea otters always live in icy cold waters and stay warm in their challenging habitat by using their fantastic fur. Watch our latest episode tomorrow; in the meantime, subscribe to our pbsdigitalstudios series on YouTube. A must watch video! “They’re using fur for insulation, but it’s not really the fur […]
2:23 PM | Mobile computing technology usage – early 2015 update
This is an update on my usage of mobile computing technology as of January 2015. During 2014 I came to the conclusion that, good as they are, Android tablets won’t ‘cut the mustard’ for power users like myself, at least as far as using Microsoft software is concerned. There are plenty of good MS Office … Continue reading Mobile computing technology usage – early 2015 update →
1:29 PM | Machine Learning: Exceeding Chance Level By Chance
A simple statistical misunderstanding is leading many neuroscientists astray in their use of machine learning tools, according to a new paper in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods: Exceeding chance level by chance. As the authors, French neuroscientists Etienne Combrisson and Karim Jerbi, describe the issue: Machine learning techniques are increasingly used in neuroscience to classify brain signals. Decoding performance is reflected by how much the classification results depart from the

Combrisson E & Jerbi K (2015). Exceeding chance level by chance: The caveat of theoretical chance levels in brain signal classification and statistical assessment of decoding accuracy., Journal of Neuroscience Methods, PMID:

11:22 AM | Open access and the humanities
At the end of 2013 and 2014 I wrote blog posts on Occam’s Corner (over at the Guardian) to list and briefly review the books I read in each of those years. I am trying to develop this practice into a … Continue reading →
6:16 AM | 10 Reasons to Ditch Paper and Switch to Electronic Lab Notbooks
Electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) were created to solve a number of limitations that scientists face when using traditional paper notebooks to track the progress of their research. Nonetheless, academic and government labs have not significantly shifted from traditional lab notebooks. On the other hand, about 1/3rd of the biopharmaceutical industry has reported that it has adopted the electronic notebook as its method for recording and maintaining data. Though the familiarity of paper lab […]
1:06 AM | Does the myth of the solo genius scientist contribute to imposter syndrome?
Imposter syndrome is the feeling that you do not deserve your accomplishments, that you are a fraud. I’m always amazed at how common imposter syndrome is (is there anyone who doesn’t feel like an imposter at least sometimes?), and am … Continue reading →

January 17, 2015

7:12 PM | “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely,”...
“Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said the British historian Lord Acton. Unfortunately, this is not entirely a myth.A great deal of research—especially from social psychology—lends support to Acton’s claim: Power leads people to act in impulsive fashion, both good and bad, and to fail to understand other people’s feelings and desires.UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner explains some of the ways in which power […]
4:21 PM | The less complicated narratives
Steven Attewell makes good points about Selma: Selma is definitely the best film yet made about the Civil Rights Movement. And I say this because it is, more than a biopic about Martin Luther King Jr. himself, a movie about … Continue reading →
2:00 AM | 20 fascinating facts about light from the Perimeter Institute
The Perimeter Institute, a leading center for scientific research, training and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics, has started it celebration of the 2015 International Year of Light with a compilation of “20 ILLUMINATING, ENLIGHTENING, DAY-BRIGHTENING FACTS ABOUT LIGHT.” Here are some facts in the list: And of course, on black holes… Click here to get […]

January 16, 2015

9:10 PM | ucirvine: #ThrowbackThursday: Construction site of campus,...
ucirvine: #ThrowbackThursday: Construction site of campus, 1963. Commons (now Gateway Study Center) left; Library-Administration (now Langson Library) right. Photo courtesy of the University Archives in the UCI Libraries. Tag your TBTs at UCI with #UCI50 & we’ll share our favorites!
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