Also this week: Always look on the bright side of life (in your abstract), Up Goer Five redux, resume advice for ex-academics, and more.
I’m very late to this, but that’s ok. Every
thing scientific paper is awesome. At least judging by their abstracts. The frequency of positive words (especially “robust”, “novel”, “innovative”, and “unprecedented”) in PubMed abstracts has increased 880% in forty years. Negative word frequency also has increased, but much less. I’m not in favor of empty hype, but I think it’s just one end of a continuum that includes lots of useful practices, so I doubt there’s much that can be done about it. (ht Marginal Revolution)
Looking for a job outside of academia? You’ll need a resume, not a cv. Here’s how to present your time in grad school as professional experience. The important thing is the professional experience, not the fact that you were technically a “student” in “school” when you acquired it.
Some hypotheses for why discussion of the replication crisis focuses on social psychology.
This year’s MacArthur Foundation Fellows (so-called “genius grant” recipients) include two microbial biogeochemists, Dianne Newman and Victoria Orphan. And if you didn’t win, here’s a handy list of excuses. 🙂
From the blogosphere to, um, the paper-o-sphere: writing in Ecology, Lemoine et al. apply Andrew Gelman’s notions of type M (“magnitude”) and type S (“sign”) errors to ecological field experiments. I’m considering incorporating these concepts into intro biostats next time I teach it. (ht The EEB and Flow)
Speaking of getting papers out of ideas first proposed on blogs…the Dynamic Ecology comment threads: where you can read tomorrow’s papers, today!