Friday links: an EEB retraction, the best/worst abstract ever, and more

Also this week: 50 years of TPB, the generalizability crisis in psychology, and more.

From Jeremy:

Very sad news: top vertebrate paleontologists Jenny Clack and Robert Carroll passed away recently, Clack of cancer and Carroll of complications due to COVID-19.

Happy 50th birthday to Theoretical Population Biology. Here, EiC Noah Rosenberg looks back at the journal’s illustrious history, focusing in particular on two iconic TPB papers: the Ewens (1972) sampling formula from population genetics, and Charnov’s (1976) marginal value theorem of optimal foraging.

Journal of Evolutionary Biology has retracted a 2018 paper on color polymorphism in damselflies for “significant issues with the methods and analyses of the manuscript that were originally not uncovered during peer‐review, but which were subsequently brought to the Journal’s attention following publication of the Article on Early View.” The authors agreed to the retraction. For broader context, see my more-or-less comprehensive history of retractions from EEB journals.

Tal Yarkoni on the generalizability crisis in psychology. Very interesting. Andrew Gelman comments.

Informed speculation–from someone not ordinarily given to wild flights of fancy–that selective US colleges will have strong financial incentives to try to teach in-person in the fall. And to try to poach students from colleges that will be teaching online-only in the fall. Of course, this speculation might end up being largely moot–the decision whether or not to teach in-person might not be in the college’s hands. Anyone know more about the issues here?

Here’s part of the abstract of Frye & Romero 2020 (unreviewed preprint; ht Marginal Revolution):

This is a marriage proposal in the form of a law review article. In this article, I observe that Maybell Romero and I are in love. I want to marry her, and I believe she wants to marry me. At least I’ll find out pretty soon. But we cannot marry each other right now, because we are both currently married to other people…

Maybell is unaware of this prologue to our article, describing our personal circumstances, but I’m sure she’ll see it soon. Wish me luck.

Best not to think about what it means if this paper gets accepted, and then later retracted. 🙂

It me. 🙂

It also me. 🙂

I wish it me. 🙂

And finally, choose your socially distanced fighter. I’d go with “Rita Reisling” (at least, that’s what I like to imagine her name is). 🙂

1 thought on “Friday links: an EEB retraction, the best/worst abstract ever, and more

  1. EiC Noah Rosenberg’s essay is the introduction to a special June issue of TPB, and this 50th birthday issue has about 20 historical essays, each about 3-5 pages long; they profile specific papers, broad topics developed in TPB, and 2 biographies of founders of TPB. The essays are very well done and It is interesting to see how population biology theorists see themselves over half a century. Robert MacArthur helped found the journal and wrote its very first paper.

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