Jeremy is traveling this week, so I’m in charge of the Friday link fest!
KELP 🙂 (ht imachordata.com)
Hope Jahren had a very powerful op-ed in the NYTimes about science’s sexual assault problem. It’s a must read. I agree with this tweet from Anne Jefferson (which was in response to Hope’s piece):
Terry McGlynn is clearly participating in and amplifying the conversation. He had a great post in response to Hope’s op-ed in which he thinks about what we can do, especially those of us who are PIs. We need to have this discussion.
Joan Strassmann had a post on why NSF preproposals are a failed idea. Her proposed solution? One full proposal cycle per year. On the same topic, there is this new BioScience paper by Leslie Rissler and John Adamec, which reports that 49% of respondents to a survey done by NSF were satisfied or very satisfied with the switch to pre-proposals; 20% of respondents were neutral. 80% of respondents were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the switch to one submission per year. 69% of respondents thought the changes would harm faculty without tenure.
I love this animation from the NYTimes on seeing the invisible. It focuses on Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and all the cool little critters that were first seen by him. It even includes dancing Daphnia! (ht: @LKluber)
Karen Lips had a post on how scientists can participate in the policy process (beyond simply saying “more data are needed). Karen’s post reminded me that I had been meaning to link to this post from Josh Tewksbury on his transition from a traditional academic career to his current position as the director of the WWF’s Luc Hoffmann Institute, which includes advice for new PhDs and others who want to work at NGOs.
The Bearded Lady Project aims to highlight the work of female paleontologists and the challenges they face. They say:
The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science’s mission is twofold. First, to celebrate the inspirational and adventurous women who choose to dedicate their lives in the search of clues to the history of life on earth. And second, to educate the public on the inequities and prejudices that exist in the field of science, with special emphasis on the geosciences.
The vision for this project is to complete a short live-action documentary as well as to develop and display a touring portrait series. We hope our film and portrait series will inspire young women to pursue a career in geoscience. In an effort to do all that we can, both film and portrait series will dedicate their proceeds to a scholarship fund to support future female scientists.
Male scientists want to be involved dads but few are (ht: @phylogenomics via @ctitusbrown)
Melissa Wilson-Sayres live-tweeted a seminar by Scott Freeman that asked whether lecturing is ethical. The storification of her tweets is here, and includes this tweet
Finally, sciwo had a post at Tenure, She Wrote on being a mid-career academic. I am also trying to adjust my mindset to being “mid-career” now – it’s a little weird! But I think I will try take sciwo’s advice to “embrace my status as a mid-career woman and to own the idea that younger colleagues, especially women, will see me as a mentor.”