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!
Also this week: “winning” a Title IX case, new ecology podcast, Google vs. history, a taxonomy of bad science, the scientific equivalent of novellas, does nature look natural in Ithaca?, he’s just not that into
you silt deposits, and more. Including Love Actually clickbait. Because that’s what you came here for, right?
Also this week: why “crunch mode” doesn’t work, the difficult question of “fair” pay for postdocs, rethinking
economics science, a high profile ecology paper comes into question, are scientists becoming less productive, confirmation bias > you, is torture ok if you do it to ggplot, WHEN WILL I HEAR FROM NSF?!?! and more. Lots of good stuff this week!
Also this week: on identity politics within and outside ecology, the running conversation in your head, long-term illnesses vs. graduate students, data science vs. rogue train, why realized niches are “non-interesting”, hedgehogs > foxes, and more. Lots of good stuff this week, including some changes of pace from our usual linkfest fare.
Also this week: Abraham Lincoln vs. confidence intervals, a double-blind review experiment, myths about applying for faculty positions, and more.
Also this week: the pluses and minuses of preregistering your research, does more pressure to publish really make publication bias worse, the first “man on the street”, and more.
Also this week: why you might love a job at a teaching college, how to herd
cats faculty, and more.