Friday links: the gender gap in political science, birds=rabbits, cartoon vs. Jeremy, and more

Also this week:  the ESA meeting of Jeremy’s dreams, prominent geneticist suspended over bullying allegations, common complaints about the biomedical research funding system are overstated (?), and more.

From Jeremy:

Years ago, I did a post arguing that the ESA annual meeting should return to 15 min. talk slots (which it had many years ago), schedule the final talk and poster sessions for Thursday afternoon, and give Friday over to workshops and field trips. So I can’t tell you how happy I am that ESA is going to do all those things next year! 🙂 Not that I’m claiming any credit for this change, of course–these changes are a response to input from meeting attendees. I’m just happy that the changes are happening.

Speaking of conference organization, here’s Stephen Heard on what he learned from organizing a conference.

Political scientist and FiveThirtyEight writer Julia Azari’s advice on how scholars should blog for public audiences. Aimed at political scientists but I think a lot of it generalizes.

How did Jeffrey Epstein meet so many famous scientists? Literary agent John Brockman. Related.

Alan Cooper, prominent head of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, has been suspended following allegations he bullied staff and students. An investigation is ongoing.

An argument that many complaints about the state of biomedical research are overstated. I have no basis on which to evaluate this, but I found it very interesting. Some of the points may apply to ecology as well, for instance regarding the common complaint that funding agencies are too risk-averse. (ht Marginal Revolution)

If you, like me, find it interesting to learn about diversity and equity issues in other fields, in order to be able to place the situation in ecology into a broader comparative context, you’ll want to check out the upcoming Washington Post series on the gender gap in political science. (ht @dandrezner)

I was interested to learn that the list of top-earning Patreon creators includes a couple of people or groups making popular science videos. Here are the YouTube channels for Kurtzgesagt and Veritasium. This isn’t an endorsement–I’ve only watched a couple of videos from each channel. Just passing this along in case you, like me, were curious what sort of science-related content is being produced by the most popular independent science popularizers these days. Each of these Patreon accounts has over 7,000 patrons, probably takes in tens of thousands of dollars monthly in patronage contributions, and produces YouTube videos that get millions of views. (ht Marginal Revolution)

Pew reports that US public opinion on climate change remains politically polarized, but overall opinion is shifting increasingly towards seeing climate change as an urgent problem. (ht @noahpinion)

Thank you to Callie Chappell for tweeting a very kind–and admirably accurate–cartoon summary of my ESA talk. Callie did a bunch of these cartoons for ESA. It’s great to see people experimenting with new ways of sharing science. But has my hair really gone that grey? [Narrator: Yes. Yes, it has.]

Real life bird-rabbit illusion. 🙂 (ht @noahpinion)

From Meghan:

EEB Mentor Match 2019 is up and running! This is something that Terry McGlynn and I have run the past couple of years. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to run it this fall, but fortunately Terry is on it! Here’s more info!

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