Happy New Year! Also this week: tell me again what a STEM worker “shortage” is, and more.
Ecology Bits is the new blog from postdoc Margaret Kosmala, familiar to our readers as a guest author and frequent commenter here. It’s ambitious–her goal is a post per week–and very welcome. The ecology blogosphere (which isn’t really the right word) could use more voices. But don’t click through–she says no one is supposed to read the first post. 🙂
Arjun Raj argues that academics mostly work hard not because the “culture” pressures them into it, but because they’re passionate about what they do. I think he has a point–you shouldn’t aim to work X hours/week, you should aim to spend your time doing the things that really matter to you. But I’m not sure he put it in the best way. And as Zen Faulkes notes, the whole subject has become so fraught that it’s hard to talk about online.
Sharp economist Noah Smith asks what it even means when people claim there’s a “shortage” of STEM labor. I suspect you could write the same post about the claim that there’s an “oversupply” of STEM labor.
And finally, I’m late to this, but Bird and Moon suggests some reindeer alternatives for Santa. Sing it: Rudolph the humback anglerfish/had a very shiny nose…! 🙂