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I started this morning with tremendous news: a student of mine, who left my lab for a PhD program last year, let me know that his NSF Graduate Research Fellowship was funded! I had two other former students who put in applications. I downloaded the big…
I started this morning with tremendous news: a student of mine, who left my lab for a PhD program last year, let me know that his NSF Graduate Research Fellowship was funded! I had two other f...
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Why is so much of our discussion of higher ed driven by elite institutions? Why has bioinformatics education failed? The five biases pushing women out of STEM. One item that seems to be missing from the list is, “partners that don’t do an equivalent share…
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I just had the pleasure of spending a couple days hiking around the interior of Catalina Island. The last time I did this was about 23 years ago, when I was a student on an undergraduate field trip for a course in Conservation Biology. I learned a lot…
I just had the pleasure of spending a couple days hiking around the interior of Catalina Island. The last time I did this was about 23 years ago, when I was a student on an undergraduate field trip...
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Allen Orr wrote a masterful review of DS Wilson’s latest book on the evolution of altruism. Jeremiah Ory has some spectacular advice non-advice for managing dual careers. Quiz: Did a computer or a human write this? How Eric Grollman came out of the…
Allen Orr wrote a masterful review of DS Wilson's latest book on the evolution of altruism. Jeremiah Ory has some spectacular advice non-advice for managing dual careers. Quiz: Did a computer or a ...
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Efficient teaching: improving student writing ability

Last week’s post was about university writing requirements that fall ludicrously short of their goal, like how this ferret falls short of his goal: Let’s assume two facts: We should expect good writing of our students. Good writing comes from lots of…
Last week's post was about university writing requirements that fall ludicrously short of their goal, like how this ferret falls short of his goal: Let's assume two facts: We should expect good wri...
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Over the past week, I’ve been reading Moneyball, by Michael Lewis. I’m not a baseball person (though I do keep tabs on football soccer). I found Moneyball to be interesting in its own right, but particularly when considering how its lessons may be applied…
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Faculty members get unannounced visits from book reps on a periodic basis. They offer free books, and sometimes bagels. Then, they have two outrageous requests: First, “Would you like to tell your students to pay tens of thousands of dollars to my…
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By my counting, we have three kinds of science education crises in the USA. A ridiculously low degree of scientific literacy across all socioeconomic segments. People are readily duped by irrational arguments about food safety, infectious disease…
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Taxonomist Appreciation Day is March 19th – this Thursday! Among all the sciences, one of the least heralded and most critical roles is the taxonomist. We need more funding and more jobs for taxonomy. That’s not in my power, but the very least we can do…
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How does blog readership grow, and (how) does this matter?

How useful are science blogs, and what is the future of science blogging? Probably the worst place to get a useful answer would be from a blog. But on the other hand, it’s the blogs that have relevant data, and it’s bloggers that think about this stuff.…
How useful are science blogs, and what is the future of science blogging? Probably the worst place to get a useful answer would be from a blog. But on the other hand, it's the blogs that have relev...
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University writing requirements are a joke

When your undergraduates leave campus with a Bachelor’s degree, can they write well? I wish I could say that about our student body as a whole, but I’d be lying. And it appears to me that this condition extends far beyond my own campus. I’m not going to…
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Gain a rare look into the brain trust at Nature to understand how they pick manuscripts for review. Quiz: North Korean Slogan or TED Talk Sound Bite? One journal bans null hypothesis significance testing. That’s right, they’ve banned the P value. A look…
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The Dr. Seuss iOS apps -- digital, interactive versions of childhood classics like The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham -- have been up