Also this week: Get Out The Science, RIP Kenneth Arrow, should we all move to Switzerland?, blogs > Twitter, and more.
Also this week: tell me again when to use fixed vs. random effects, why
everything higher education costs so much these days, why you should distrust conclusions based on many small studies, and more.
Also this week: 2017 ESA Fellows and Early Career Fellows, how to make new faculty orientations more useful, underrepresentation of women in top-ranked graduate programs, neuroscientists vs. microprocessors, Daphnia vs. Meg, and more.
Also this week: Michael Eisen plans to run for Senate, honoring ecologists, Princeton Monographs seeks women authors, and more.
Also this week: The Trump administration’s war on facts begins, does “question first” science lead to bandwagons?, David Attenborough on your phone, great teaching vs. great research, RIP Beall’s list of predatory publishers, and more.
Also this week: Joan Strassmann is marching on Washington, your periodic reminder that everybody gets rejected, measurement error vs. you, do studies of the “growth mindset” replicate, Hieronymous Bosch vs. the third reviewer, and more.
Also this week: NSF DEB year-end wrap up, how prospective grad students can make the most of their campus visits, “may the wish power be together with you”, and more. The funny links are extra-funny this week!
Also this week:
lowering rethinking the bar, against the usual advice for avoiding gender bias in reference letters, one of the more unusual “alt-ac” jobs you’ll ever see, what to get Meg for her birthday, Jeremy’s New Year’s resolution, and more
The deadline for nominations for the Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Awards is Jan. 1. Details here.
A rare retraction in ecology, from Biology Letters. There’s no suggestion of misconduct, merely honest errors the last author worked hard to fix. A second paper, in GEB, also is affected by the errors, but GEB will allow the authors to publish a corrected version. Our own Brian McGill, EiC of GEB, is quoted in the linked article. Mistakes happen in science, and discovering you’ve made one is really stressful, so kudos to the author for doing the right thing and correcting the record.
Phil Davis of Scholarly Kitchen with an overview of different approaches to “portable peer review”. Axios Review, for which I am an editor, gets a lengthy shout-out. Here‘s my most recent post on Axios and why you should consider trying it.
(Almost) nothing but seasonal links this week!
A defense of the “adversarial” culture of philosophy, as distinct from a defense of assholes in philosophy. My anecdotal impression is that the culture of ecology is mostly non-adversarial, save at a few places. Related: my old posts on how to ask tough questions of seminar speakers, and how to make your graduate student seminar series better training.
Merry Christmas from herpetology! Well, for some value of “merry”. “Merry” means the same thing as “AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!11!!1!”, right? 🙂
Caroline Tucker’s annual holiday caRd. Hooray! Been looking forward to this for weeks. 🙂
And finally, I love my adopted country:
Happy holidays everyone! See you in 2017!