Also this week: sexual misconduct at Dartmouth, myths of university-centered economic development, and more. Includes a contest to name the most ridiculous depiction of science or academia in movies!
Getting past “I can’t”. Excellent piece. (ht Meghan, via Twitter).
An argument that scientific progress is slowing because it’s getting harder to make major scientific advances. (ht @noahpinion, who has some smart pushback against the details while supporting the broad claim with other lines of evidence.)
How universities do–and don’t–aid economic development in the towns and cities in which they’re located.
Seven former Dartmouth graduate students are suing Dartmouth in federal court for failing to appropriately handle years of complaints about the sexual misconduct of three now-former Dartmouth professors.
Faculty job seekers: don’t look for a job at a teaching-focused institution because you think those kinds of jobs are easier, or less stressful, or have a better work-life balance than jobs at research universities. It all depends on the individual institution, not the type of institution. Great post.
And finally, inspired by this (ht @dandrezner):
tell us in the comments: what’s the most ridiculous depiction of science or academia that you’ve ever seen in a movie? Note that it has to be intended to be at least semi-realistic, so no voting for Ghostbusters or Back To The Future. My opening bids are Indiana Jones (obviously), Dr. Christmas Jones, nuclear physicist, in The World Is Not Enough, and the fact that the space aliens in Independence Day apparently run the Mac OS, thus enabling their computers to be infected by a virus written on a Mac laptop. Honorable mention for the entire premise of The Day After Tomorrow, which I think qualifies for this exercise because it’s really a disaster movie rather than sci-fi. Honorable mention for every scientist in Prometheus. Prometheus is sci-fi, but nothing about a sci-fi movie demands that the scientists in it be complete idiots.