Kudos to the #FrickInstitute (@thecrick) for its policy on #OpenAccess and #OpenScience,
🧵 Fun little story: I had to lead a workshop (1 h 45 min) about my thesis topic last Wednesday.
The topic was "Facilitating historical empathy in Archaeology through scientific visualization". Since the workshop was pretty short, I ended up coming up with the following idea. (…)
‘Professor of epidemiology at Maastricht University is hired by the chemical industry through his wife's company… [The prof] is registered as a director at his wife's company. Maastricht University says it has not been informed.’ https://www.1limburg.nl/nieuws/2338784/hoogleraar-um-kluste-bij-voor-chemische-industrie #academia #netherlands #transparency Original reporting by @nrc_nl https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2023/12/01/hoogleraar-kluste-bij-voor-chemische-industrie-universiteit-wist-van-niks-a4182949
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I have a question about academic job applications.
Is it a pretty universal rule that your recommendation letter writers should be senior to you in academic rank? Obviously this is true for people applying out of their PhDs and Post-Docs, but is it also true of tenured but-not-full professors? What are the general rules of thumb here?
@austinkocher Oh, please settle on anything but GitHub! GitHub at the center of the scheme is harmful. We still have txt2tags, RST, CommonMark, Pandoc, GLFM, groff, SISU, LOUT, AFT, UDO and other plaintext document preparation systems that are not tied to a commercial monopolist.
Some mathematical papers cannot be done expediently with Markdown. Some large and complex equations require LaTeX to guarantee output rendering accuracy. This would require Markdown documents with many LaTeX blocks anyway. So one might as well just use LaTeX for the whole document.
Other these objections I agree with your sentiment. In my realm soft-wrapped plaintext is still King and markdown is Queen.
The person who suggested government documents be released as repositories is spot on. I also think that all court transcripts, rulings, opinions, and judgments should be published as digitally-signed, open document repositories instead of hidden behind the privately-owned PACER paywall.
Bill to address PACER grift:
“The PACER system is not keeping pace with reality or technology.”
“I believe this bill improves access to justice by eliminating the PACER paywall.”
"Y-chromosome results highlight a significant genetic differentiation between the North-Western and South-Eastern part of the Mediterranean, the Italian Peninsula occupying an intermediate position therein. In particular, Sicily and Southern Italy reveal a shared paternal genetic background with the Balkan Peninsula and the time estimates of main Y-chromosome lineages signal paternal genetic traces of Neolithic and post-Neolithic migration events."
Sarno S, Boattini A, Carta M, Ferri G, Alù M, et al. (2014) An Ancient Mediterranean Melting Pot: Investigating the Uniparental Genetic Structure and Population History of Sicily and Southern Italy. PLOS ONE 9(4): e96074. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0096074 #OpenAccess #OA #Research #Article #Science #STEM #Population #Genetics #PopulationGenetics #Italy #Sicily #DNA #Paleogenetics #Europe #Anthropology #Biology #Academia @science @biology @anthropology
So it's come to this. The faculty #union on our campus had to write an Op-Ed explaining why it's an incredibly bad idea for the administration to arm the campus cops with guns. I'm one of the 120+ signatories, of course. https://www.theeagleonline.com/article/2023/11/op-ed-opposing-arming-the-au-police-force #academicchatter #academia @academicchatter
‘wild chinstrap penguins… nod off thousands of times each day’.
Me: sounds lovely!
‘but only for about four seconds at a time’
Hmmm, that doesn’t sound appealing after all.
I am on a podcast episode talking about the Library and our partnership with the SGA to make a Career Closet for the students.
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The first Annual Disabled Student Survey is the largest ever carried out into university accessibility in the UK. They received over 1,300 responses from disabled students and guess what? #HigherEd has a serious problem with #AcademicAbleism.
I'm putting together my syllabus for next semester, and Central Timetabling has decided that, ODD WEEKS ONLY (i.e., weeks 1, 3 5, 7, 9, and 11) we're in one room in a shitty building in the ass end of campus, while for even weeks we're either in a *different* room in that building (weesks 8, 10), or else in the swanky new business school (week 4) or else have no room assigned at all! (week 2).
Baited reconstruction with 2D template matching for high-resolution structure determination in vitro and in vivo without template bias https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.90486.3
I have many feelings about this work - feelings about ownership, openness and power dynamics in Academic labs.
They aren’t very positive feelings, but the work itself is still good, so here’s one in the “new” @eLife
*edited to ad a graphic and a hashtag
A brilliant, timely LSE blog by @brembs
“…the Fediverse’ provides tools and technologies that are ideally suited to bring scholarly societies out of their digital caves and into the 21st century.”
“The root of their names contains their essential function, as described in 1660 for one of the first such societies, the Royal Society:
“Their first purpose was no more, then onely the satisfaction of breathing a freer air, and of conversing in quiet one with another, without being ingag’d in the passions, and madness of that dismal Age”.
@bioconductor As I gave the Voyager presentation again, I feel like the Bioconductor conference is the most enjoyable due to the social aspects. I like the walking tour and dinner, keynote from the patient's perspective, and talks and discussions on the community such as translating documentation. The table configuration this year also made it less daunting to talk to others and I had dinner with these new friends. Not all comp-bio conferences have those. #academia #bioinformatics
Some like Paperpile for google docs. I find all bibliography reference managers awful. The least awful ended up being plain BibTex for LaTeX documents: at least it's easy to backup, simple to update, and fairly simple scripts (even a regular expression) can parse and generate its entries, there are command line tools for merging BibTex files, and both pubmed and google scholar export to BibTex.
Agreed that a better, more integrated and aware bibliography system should be possible. The fact that it doesn't exist suggests either there isn't a business case or multiple enthusiasts tried and failed given the many corner cases and unexpected difficulties.
The semester is coming to an end and we are feeling the pressure. Be sure to practice self-care. If you need some ideas, read today's blog post and try to complete this bingo card!
Read our mental wellness tips: https://ischoolblogs.sjsu.edu/info/srjstudentresource/2023/11/30/grad-school-mental-wellness/
I've had repeated experiences in academia where someone pumps me for free information (which they then monetize) or just outright lifts my work without permission/credit/citation. e.g. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N1HCiHed7A6G2_e3-jPVKzYSPAiURVYM-unOfyI8UdQ/edit?usp=sharing
How do you remain open so that you can be reachable for truly collaborative work that respects you & compensates you, yet closed when it comes to being viewed as someone whose work can be exploited? How do you approach this? @academicchatter #Research #Academia
From @brembs : "their handling of social technology is just a litmus test for how seriously a learned society is taking its role in our modern world and what perspective it has taken with regard to scholarship more generally." https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2023/11/30/the-fediverse-is-an-opportunity-learned-societies-cant-ignore/
I'm developing a new class in viral diversity and evolution.
What's the best way to share course materials/curriculum for a lecture/discussion-based class?
Dedicated GitHub page? Other resources? I'm not too keen on posting videos per se, so it would be mostly a curriculum overview and other materials.
Yikes. Looking it up, this is the same LeConte family that many University of California buildings and streets are named for.
"LeConte and his brother, Joseph, were white supremacists, and a building named in their honour at UC Berkeley was renamed, as announced on July 7, 2020, because of their vigorous white supremacy writings in that regard."
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Why do journals' LaTeX templates not show DOIs for all entries? Like @misc etc.? If there is a DOI, why on earth would you not want to show it if you show it for normal articles? The DOI is the *single* most important information in a bibliography entry (I would say), why not show it? This is beyond me...
A funny thing about the Swedish Crypto-Fascist Party is that while they hate #Gender Studies, they and their voters are an enormously fruitful subject for Gender Studies. Want to write a really hot study at the intersection of class, masculinity, sexuality, ethnicity and modernity? Come to Sweden and interview the men who join or vote for the "Sweden Democrats".
Wir sind weiterhin auf der Suche nach einer Person, die Lust hat auf #Webdesign und UX in einem wirklich tollen Team https://www.tib.eu/de/die-tib/karriere-und-ausbildung/stellenangebote/detail/stellenausschreibung-nr-69-2023
If you like that I am employed, and/or you like open scholarship as a concept, please consider donating to the @CenterforOpenScience. We're a non-profit and doing amazing work, so please help us make 2024 an even better year than it's poised to be!
🥸 ChatGPT generates fake data set to support scientific hypothesis | Nature
Massive congratulations to freshly minted @SOCphd PhD Dr. #ChelseaHorne, who successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “In Settings We Trust: The #Privacy Battle for Choice and Control” this morning, with distinction.
Looking forward to seeing Dr. Horne’s work find its impact in scholarly, policy, and technology circles.
Iowa Capital Dispatch: Drake University plans to cut faculty positions, programs to balance budget deficit
Was ist das deutsche Wort für "Acknowledgements" im Sinne von Angaben finanzieller Unterstützung / Projektnummern am Ende wissenschaftlicher Artikel?
#Academia would be a better place without the egomaniacs, incapable of collaborating, self-reflecting and recognizing own mistakes.
Is #MDPI a predatory publisher?
(Asking in general, but feel free to mention specific journals)
(I know you want to, but let’s not discuss other publishers there 🙏)
Here’s a Wikipedia attempt at defining predatory publishing: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predatory_publishing
If uni rankings are useful at all, it's not on reputation. We could use rankings on (say) % of students on financial aid; % of faculty tenured or tenure-track; % of tenured faculty who are women, minorities; ratio of teachers to administrators; ratio of avg faculty salary to head football coach salary…
You know what's really frustrating about writing a dissertation on legal protections for biodiversity? Reading sensible proposals on how to get there written by clever and concerned people years before my birth and realizing that none of them have been implemented.
I'm really glad for the years I spent in the foreign service, learning how to politely phrase my frustration. Otherwise, my defensio would be one long, ear-splitting scream of helpless rage.
Just to add to the pile of daily horrific news from the world, Italy was shocked last week by the criminal case of another young girl killed by her (former) boyfriend.
Unlike many other cases, in this one #academia was apparently the trigger, in a sad and symbolic way.
I don't think it was much covered in the news outside of italy, so let me share this tragic one.
"To win one of these coveted positions, then, you need to do everything exactly right from your freshman year of high school onward: get good grades, garner strong recommendations, work in the right labs, publish papers in prestigious places, never make anybody mad, and never take a detour or a break." – Adam Mastroianni https://www.experimental-history.com/p/ideas-arent-getting-harder-to-find
I had less than stellar grades throughout my undergrad until the last year; I did undergrad and grad research in a fringe lab at a low-ranked university – which afforded me huge freedoms –; I published my first glamour paper after I was tenured and only because my co-authors insisted on the venue; I made many people mad by telling them what I thought instead of what they wanted to hear to the point that I had to reapply 3 years later; and I took breaks to rear children. All of this between the years 2000 and 2015.
Despite everything you may hear, there is room for being creative and getting away with it. I am not an exception, plenty of peers had similarly awkward career paths.
Dear all, do you have any tips?
I’d love to have an ereader which is roughly as large as paper prints. I want to use it for reading PDFs of scholarly papers + highlighting and scribbling on the PDFs.
(I tried a Remarkable 2, but it was too small for my taste. And I don’t like reading PDFs on my iPad or laptop.)
E.g.: Does anyone have experience with Onyx books or Sony ereaders?
I admit that, so far, I print papers for focused reading.
"If you spend your life yelling at bad scientists, you’ll make yourself hoarse. If you spend your life trying to do great science, you might forever change the world for the better, which seems like a better use of time." – Adam Mastroianni
We are looking for talented junior scientists to join our International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Two fully-funded 4-year #PhD fellowships (2024-2028) are available to carry out cutting-edge research on #genetics and #development of human #language, with several innovative projects to choose from, co-supervised by leading researchers at the Max Planck Institute and our partners at the Radboud University. Projects include investigating rare #DNA variants in genes that cause developmental speech/language disorders, and neuroimaging #genomic analyses of language circuits in the brain.
Application portal opens Dec 4th 2023 and closes Jan 8th 2024. Full information and FAQ can be found here: https://www.mpi.nl/imprs-phd-fellowships-2024
Boosts much appreciated!
Dutch universities have slammed one of the frontrunners in next week’s general election for suggesting the Netherlands has too many international students taking courses in English, describing his proposals as “ridiculous” and representing a “closing of the Dutch mind”.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/nov/17/dutch-universities-slam-proposal-cap-foreign-students-omtzigt #netherlands #education #academia #universities #law #politics
In our magazine: Renowned journalist Kathleen McElroy made headlines after #Texas A&M University reneged on a high-profile job offer. She’s still processing that experience. https://www.texasobserver.org/kathleen-mcelroy-journalism-am-essay?utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=audience
Interesting article on #metascience in The Economist:
Draws—and takes its opening thought experiment—from the excellent essay "A Vision of Metascience" by Nielsen & Qiu:
It's a longish read (~a PhD thesis) but I found it wonderfully thought provoking. Research funding in #academia is horribly monoculture and its effectiveness questionable. But there are so many other interesting ideas we could try!