Also this week: the story behind an evolutionary parody, a statistical profile of recent faculty hires in neuroscience, Game of
Thrones grad school, “it’s because she put the beetles in a planetarium”, the statistician blues, Lego Daphnia, and more.
The NSF has a new report on the career plans of newly-minted science and engineering PhDs. There are more than ever–but fewer have concrete plans for after they receive their degrees. (ht Chris Blattman)
The opposite of a biologist is a model (the fashion kind, not the mathematical kind). (ht @matt_levine)
And finally: Meghan, Brian, and I celebrated Dynamic Ecology’s 5th birthday this week:
Happy birthday to us! Looking forward to another n years.
Also this week: what it’s like to visit Congress, in (qualified) praise of impact metrics, research integrity zealot vs. humor, how to talk to people at conferences, journal life list, and more.
Also this week: compile ALL the p-values, grad students vs. abuses of power, Michael Phelps vs. pumpkinseed sunfish, p-hacking with covariates, one year’s worth of data = two year’s worth of data, a canonical R gotcha, and more. Including a contest to win 1000 Internet Points, and links from Brian!
Here’s a picture of what Meghan and I did this week:
Also this week [inhales deep breath]: how to think new thoughts, thinking like an ecologist (?), dean vs. Pulp Fiction, pick your battles (but not too many), PI vs. 7 year postdoc, [gasps] [inhales] British grade inflation, scicomm resources, awkward faculty job interviews, in
Hollywood medicine nobody knows anything, incentives for replication, and MOAR! [passes out]
Also this week: why academics teach as they do, ecological theory vs. economic theory, Rowan Barrett vs. Rowan Barrett, and more.
Also this week: Robert Boyle’s head, approximately no one will buy your academic book, two sentence math paper, and more
Also this week: “your personal scientific watchdog”, the need for speed (of phenotypic change), against work-life balance, shake up your lab meetings, nuance vs. theory, “silverbacks” vs. silverbacks, and more.
Not many links this week! Just two: most Americans support increased funding for research once they realize how little we spend on it, and an upcoming one day celebration of science and scientists.
Also this week: the pros and cons of axing the DDIG program, NIH vs. shopkeeper science, and more.