Also this week: the talks from the ASN virtual meeting, nature vs. nature photographers, Slate Star Codex reborn, and more.
This sounds like trolling, but it’s from Stephen Heard who is definitely not a troll, so: what if going to online-only classes (as many colleges and universities have done) has made those classes better? I doubt it–I think Stephen’s overestimating the proportion of students for whom the upsides outweigh the downsides. But go read Stephen and see what you think.
The Dunning-Kruger effect is not a thing. It’s just regression to the mean. Will add this to my list of statistical vignettes for teaching intro biostats.
All the talks from the recent ASN virtual meeting “in” Asilomar are now available on YouTube.
Writing in Science, Laura Stark reviews Janice Nimura’s new biography of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the US. I know nothing of Blackwell, who sounds like a difficult figure to place into any of the usual heroic overcoming-of-obstacles narratives we like to tell about scientific and medical pioneers. Elizabeth Blackwell was indeed a pioneer who overcame massive discrimination–but she herself was a pro-slavery racist who believed that women and men weren’t equal. She also seems to have benefited greatly from collaborative work with her sister, while also publicly disavowing her sister.
I’m tempted to write something like this in my next syllabus just to keep the folks tasked with approving syllabi on their toes. 🙂
It me. 🙂
It also me. 🙂