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Dimitrios Diamantaras
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Let's help out Mylan Pharmaceutical out of business. Reshare at will.
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Good job, Microsoft!
 
20% is unacceptable. Excel must do better and reach 100% or, to make its users understand, 1.0E+002%!

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Excel is responsible for errors in 20 percent of scientific papers dealing with genes, according to a new study.
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Ooh, I HATE the formatting that MS Office imposes! 
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Happy World Photography Day, everyone!
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Well said!
 
People sometimes see me talking about sexism/racism/homophobia/etc in academic science and say I should instead “focus on the science.” As though science is carried out by magical science robots who are immune to human failings and biases. As though scientists in underrepresented groups can just “focus on the science” while being constantly reminded (subtly or blatantly) that they “don’t belong” in academia. I talk about equity because I care about making a scientific career a possibility for anyone with a passion for science. I care about the possibility that a future generation of scientists just might have a chance of entering a field in which their contributions to science are valued rather than belittled. And I care about all the science we lose when people from underrepresented groups leave or are pushed out by a hostile academic culture.

So, no, I won’t just “focus on the science” at the expense of actual human scientists. I will keep talking about the ways we can make scientific culture better and more welcoming to anyone who has a contribution to make. Sometimes that means pointing out things that are not okay. Sometimes it means asking people who are members of the majority demographic to change their behaviors to accommodate people who are not. You don’t have to agree with me on everything I say, but you’re not going to get me to stop talking — about science, or about how to make science better for everyone.
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Well said, and it is an important issue.
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Sunset panorama --- best viewed large.

Lake George, 2016-08-09.
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Though opportunities for women have increased considerably over the past century, insidious everyday sexism continues to inform the female experience. Here are some commonly asked questions about this pervasive form of discrimination
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Another one from today's visit to the Morris Arboretum.
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There are three companies in the country which run almost all of its private prisons: GEO, CCA, and MTC. This is a plot of the stock prices of the two public ones (GEO and CCA) today, after the Department of Justice announced that the Federal government was done with private prisons: the Deputy AG has directed the department to "substantially reduce" or decline to renew expiring contracts with all of them. [1]

It would be hard to find a set of companies that I would be happier to see fail. If you had to come up with an outrageous example of "perverse incentives," private prisons would top the list: these companies' contracts with states and localities specify minimum numbers of people that these governments must imprison, at which point they are handed over to these companies for use as "free" labor. [2]

One of the key motivating factors for this change was good journalism in action: an investigative reporter went undercover as a guard in a private prisons, and the resulting article is incredibly worth reading. If you haven't, check it out: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/cca-private-prisons-corrections-corporation-inmates-investigation-bauer


[1] http://www.businessinsider.com/the-department-of-justice-is-ending-the-use-of-private-prisons-2016-8

[2] Many people don't notice the loophole in the 13th Amendment: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." It took about seven years after the Civil War for people to realize the full economic value of this loophole, that you could arrest people on any charge and then use them as slave labor. Elaborate systems of kickbacks to judges and arrest quotas showed up almost immediately, and have been immensely profitable ever since)
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Education
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
    Economics, 1976 - 1981
  • Athens University of Economics
    Economics, 1981 - 1983
  • University of Rochester
    Economics, 1984 - 1988
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Economic theorist, lover of song and opera, web fiddler, amateur computer programmer
Introduction
US naturalized citizen, originally from Greece. Economics professor, vocal music devotee, computer programming self-learner.

On Google+, according to my own actual recent practice, I like to share funny or just quirky items others post, techie items of interest, economics news with some commentary, technology items, and photos from others' posts. I have also started posting meatier updates on economics, technology, and my beloved Lyric Fest, a group that connects people through song in the greater Philadelphia area (see http://lyricfest.org).

While talking about my posting practice on Google+, I also would love you to follow this link to an excellent essay on how to be a good online commenter, by John Scalzi: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/09/18/how-to-be-a-good-commenter/
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Some of the most wonderful people in the world call me a friend; I survived 4 years in the Rochester, NY weather; I have performed several times with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a chorus member (of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia).
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Associate Professor of Economics
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Public economics, social choice theory, microeconomics, game theory, mathematical economics, economics of networks.
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  • Temple University
    Associate Professor of Economics, present
  • Temple University
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Athens, Greece - Athens, Greece; Rochester, New York, USA; Philadelphia, Penssylvania, USA
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