Friday links: helping 1st gen college students, how to advertise your PhD defense, and more

Also this week: treat every lecture like a TED talk, instrumental variables mostly don’t work, and more.

From Jeremy:

Reproducibility and replicability is a bandwagon now, so watch out for overhyped claims.

A while back I asked if ecologists should use instrumental variables more often. But having skimmed this new (unreviewed) preprint critically reviewing many applications of instrumental variables in economics, I’m now glad ecologists don’t often use this approach.

Treat every lecture like a TED talk. 😉

And finally, I wish I’d thought of this back when I was defending my PhD (ht @dandrezner):

Related: my old post on cool scientific graphic art.

From Meg:

Five practical ways you can help a first generation college student succeed. This piece is really excellent. (ht: Terry McGlynn)

Kudos to the March for Science for listening to criticism related to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility! They have released a statement noting that “while this march is explicitly non-partisan, it is political”. The statement is great (and not very long, so you should read it!) And many thanks to the people who have worked behind the scenes (including ecologist Jacquelyn Gill) to bring about this change.

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