Friday links: advice for white academics mentoring students of color, a personal view of the Australian bushfires, and more

Also this week: index funds vs. sustainability, don’t bet against global warming, Two Cultures redux, game of thrones snakes, and more.

From Meghan:

This article has advice for white academics mentoring students of color. Related: the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine have a new(ish) consensus report on the science of effective mentoring in STEMM. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but hope to soon!

From Jeremy:

Manu Saunders with a personal view of the Australian bushfires. Moving piece.

The replication crisis in psychology rolls on. The latest high-profile result that fails to replicate is the claim, originally published in Science, that conservatives’ and liberals’ brains react differently to threats. (ht @jtlevy)

Following on from the previous link: Andrew Gelman points us to, and discusses, a new paper find that, in toxicogenomics, more “centralized” research communities–lots of papers with overlapping author groups who all use similar methods–tend to report less-replicable results. Click through for an interesting discussion of which direction(s) causality might run here. I’ve heard through the grapevine about a couple of research topics in ecology and evolution in which results pointing in one direction tend to come from one or a few interconnected research groups, and results pointing in the other direction tend to come from various independent research groups. But I wouldn’t put much stock in n-th hand rumors, and I don’t know enough about any of the topics concerned to have an informed opinion of my own. So I guess I’d just say, there might be a few topics in ecology and evolution (but only a few) where a study along the lines of the one Gelman discusses might be of some interest.

Economists Bryan Caplan’s and Alex Tabarrok’s real money bets that early oughts global warming “pause” would turn out to be a long-term thing rather than a blip are not going well so far.

C. P. Snow’s The Two Cultures, updated. (ht Marginal Revolution)

Don’t over-interpret the word “preferably” in a faculty job ad.

Charley Krebs weighs in on the evidence for widespread declines in N. American bird abundance and what if anything to do about them. See also Brian’s post.

Following up on a couple of links from last week, how should people concerned about human impact on the environment think about the fact that the CEO of Black Rock, the world’s largest investment management company, just issued a letter on how “environmental sustainability” will now be a “core” Black Rock goal? Is this a big deal, or a non-event, or somewhere in between, or what? And if it matters at all, why does it matter? Astute commentary from Matt Levine.

Jeff Ollerton on how green policies do (or don’t) map onto the left-right political spectrum. Many interesting examples, though a single blog posts obviously can only scratch the surface on this huge topic.

The New York Public Library reports its most checked-out books of all time. The list is dominated by children’s books and other fiction books, unsurprisingly. The Snowy Day is #1, which is a credit to NYC library users’ collective taste in children’s books. 🙂 Click through for the amusing reason why Goodnight Moon doesn’t even make the top 10.

Game of snakes. I’m going to try this with my kiddo.

 

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