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Feb 09 2016 Published by under Careers, Life

The only time I've had an issue with replicating someone else's experiments has been with stuff published in glam magz. This is something we're struggling with now. Perhaps we should rename the "replication crisis" the "glam magz crisis".



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All for one and none for all?

Jan 05 2016 Published by under Careers, Life, NIH

Scary internet feline left the following comment on my previous post:


An image of Nero with his fiddle comes to mind.


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A thought

Dec 11 2015 Published by under Careers, Life

If you can't even begin to imagine how increased diversity contributes positively to all facets of higher education, it's time to pull your head out of your arse and examine your privilege.


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Breaking news!!!!!!

Sep 30 2015 Published by under Life, Things that go beep!

About half the US population is below average!!!!!!


That explains a lot really.


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Jul 09 2015 Published by under Careers, Life

There are no special snowflakes.

People who are legends in their own minds, sure.

But no special snowflakes.


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Decimate them!

Jun 29 2015 Published by under Careers, Life, NIH

Lots of people recognize that the NIH/NSF grant making systems just aren't working under the current conditions of low funding and a glut of PI's. There will be a cull of PI's whether it's deliberate or not. Let's face it, it's already happening and has been for a while. That's led some people to suggests changes to the way we do business. Reform of the NIH if you will. All the suggestions I've seen essentially promote the elite at the expense of the riffraff.* And are poorly thought through at best. Frankly, I've yet to hear a suggested reform that would truly improve upon what we currently have.

So. We're being culled. How can we manage this in a way that benefits science? There are arguments - often good ones - against targeting specific groups.** And most suggestions center on "them, not me".

How about a truly democratic approach? One that's impervious to the old boys clubs?

Anyone up for decimation? Roman army style?


* I am proudly riffraff, so obviously opposed to those.

** Except maybe KILL THE OLDZ!!!!!!!!!*** Although maybe even then. How best to define the old? Are all the oldz deserving of being culled?

*** A CPP favorite.



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Maybe, just maybe...

Jun 26 2015 Published by under Careers, Life

Maybe, just maybe, the NIH/NSF systems we have - aside from the underfunding/glut of PI's - are as good as it gets? No one seems capable of coming up with something better.


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To OA or not

Jun 15 2015 Published by under Careers, Life

Today on the twits it was twitted:

This is an important issue facing those currently on or about start on the tenure track (TT). The problem with asking this question is that the resulting discussion tends to devolve into arguments between open access (OA) evangelists and the rest of us* as to the necessity etc. of OA. Phrases like "moral imperative" and "OA wackaloon" get bandied about. I don't really want to get into all that again. Bottom line is:

Moral imperatives won't get you tenure.

So, do T&P committees care? Yes. No.


It's going to depend on the institution. The make up of the committee. The culture of the department you're in (letters from your chair and senior faculty carry weight). The field you're in (outside letters also carry weight).

What the T&P committee should care about is the science, not where you've published it.

[Brief pause for tenured readers to catch their breath after laughing.]

We don't live in that world yet. GlamHumping is still a thing remember. As is IF-lust.

My advice? Look to see what recently tenured folks have done. Maybe push that limit a little if you're very pro-OA. But mostly, publish in a variety of places.

But first do good science.


* For the record, I like OA. I've published in OA journals and will continue to. I don't see it as a moral imperative though and don't do OA exclusively.

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What's in your back pocket?

Apr 20 2015 Published by under Careers, Life

In academic circles it's common to hear junior folks on the TT to be advised to have a back up plan in their back pocket. You know, just in case. Not that they'll need it of course. But it's good to have one. Right?

What about the tenured/not-so-junior?


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Why Fund Basic Research

Dec 09 2014 Published by under Careers, Life, Things that go beep!

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