7.5 work days before the winter break (sorely needed), optimistically not counting the weekend. 2 resubmissions are basically done and will get sent this week, 1 has already been postponed til next year (*sigh*). 1 paper to finish (🐝 ), and 5+1 reviews if I don't want to take them into the break (which I don't). Plus teaching, admin, meetings as per usual. #todo #academia #accountability Thank goodness the kids are big and very accommodating/self-reliant.
So #academia is basically pouring your very life into your work so you all your colleagues can throw shit at it and deny you tenure? Or even the chance to try for tenure?
No, thank you.
I taught a session this morning in a longer online leadership course for a volunteer organization I am part of.
I used a modified "flipped learning" plan in which, before coming to class, the students watched a video and read some focused 1-2 page source documents.
That allowed the class meeting to be a rich discussion of those sources. Narry a PPT slide to be found while we were live.
I was on camera the whole time we were live, and for much of the advance video. I got quite a few thumbs up at the end of the class meeting. 🙂 👨🏫 🖥️
Does Family Science have an Inclusivity Problem? Philip Cohen investigates https://familyinequality.wordpress.com/2023/12/10/does-family-science-have-an-inclusivity-problem/
#familyscience #academia #sociology
Talking to Bari Weiss, Melissa Kearney @kearney_melissa says this. She really must identify this website, for which an entire discipline is being maligned for (horror) inclusivity. I don't see text like this on the top journal pages, but I might be missing it. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/honestly-with-bari-weiss/id1570872415
"To address questions about the real appearance of St Anthony, we applied body mass estimation equations to the osteometric measurements taken in 1981, during the public recognition of the Saint’s skeletal remains. Both the biomechanical and the morphometric approach were employed to solve some intrinsic limitations in the equations for body mass estimation from skeletal remains. The estimated body mass was used to assess the physique of the Saint with the body mass index."
Mongillo J, Vescovo G, Bramanti B (2021) Belly fat or bloating? New insights into the physical appearance of St Anthony of Padua. PLOS ONE 16(12): e0260505. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0260505 #OpenAccess #OA #Research #Article #Science #Academia #Academic @science
"Medieval hospitals were founded to provide charity, but poverty and infirmity were broad and socially determined categories and little is known about the residents of these institutions and the pathways that led them there. Combining skeletal, isotopic and genetic data, the authors weave a collective biography of individuals buried at the Hospital of St John the Evangelist, Cambridge."
Inskip S, Cessford C, Dittmar J, et al. Pathways to the medieval hospital: collective osteobiographies of poverty and charity. Antiquity. 2023;97(396):1581-1597. doi: https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2023.167 #OpenAccess #OA #Journal #Article #England #Cambridge #Medieval #Hospitals #Osteology #Charity #Archaeology #Archaeodons #Genetics #Science #Academia #Academic @archaeodons @science
'The task of countering colorblindness is thus not merely to see race again, but to reenvision how disciplinary tools, convention and knowledge-producing practices that erase the social dynamics that produce race can be critically engaged and selectively repurposed toward emancipatory ends.'
This quote from the (just resigned) chair of Penn’s BOT captures the real failure of (former) president Liz Magill at the House hearing:
"'Over prepared and over lawyered given the hostile forum and high stakes, she provided a legalistic answer to a moral question, and that was wrong"
As a (Jewish) Penn alum & a college prof, I’m deeply concerned by what’s happening with political & donor interference in #highered—while also frightened by surging antisemitism.
Wow, Zotero & Retraction Watch just stopped me from citing a retracted paper that had been hanging around in my bibliography. How great is that?
How can we restore public trust in science? (op-ed)
Science is becoming ever more politicized, leading to reduced trust in the scientific process and the knowledge it produces.
@jobRxiv @PeerJ @phdlife @PhD_Genie @phdstudents
#phdlife #highereducation #postdocjobs #postdocposition #postdoclife #research #studyabroad #OpenScience #peerreview #academia #science #AcademicMastodon #SciComm #teaching @academicchatter #MicrobiologyJobs
The #Sorbonne (@sorbonne_univ_) is cancelling its subscription to #WebOfScience and shifting to #OpenAlex (@OpenAlex).
"Sorbonne University has decided to redirect its efforts towards the exploration of open, free and participative tools. This decision is in line with the University’s overall policy of openness."
On January 15th, I will be taking part alongside several other scholars in a symposium organized by Wilfrid Laurier University on legacies of racism and colonialism in Canadian universities. My talk will focus on the use in 1860 of funds held in trust for First Nations to bail out McGill College.
Institutional Histories: Reckoning with the Past - Reimagining the Future (9am-2:30pm, EST, online)
"Israeli academia joins the crackdown on dissent" https://www.972mag.com/israeli-academia-crackdown-palestinian-students/
#faculty #academia #universities #CulturalBoycott #academicChatter #war #israel #israelGazaWar #academic #students #education #academicFreedom #citizenship #democracy #CommOdon #police #repression #socialMedia #academic #972mag #research #dissent
"Our results highlight the joint importance of network structure, commitment, and psycho-linguistic aspects of social interactions in characterizing grassroots collective action, and contribute to deepen our understanding of the mechanisms that drive processes of behavior change of online groups."
Cava, L.L., Aiello, L.M. & Tagarelli, A. Drivers of social influence in the Twitter migration to Mastodon. Sci Rep 13, 21626 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-48200-7 #OpenAccess #OA #Science #STEM #Research #Computer #Computerscience #Information #Technology #IT #Twitter #TwitterMigration #Mastodon #Fediverse #SocialMedia #Academia #Academic
I can't decide which portion of R2's comments are more irritating:
The brief statement along the lines of, 'You're missing crucial references--please cite these 15 extra articles'
The full single-spaced page objecting to TWO SENTENCES in which I summarize their recent article. R2 suggests that I more fully describe the exquistie and precise control over stimuli and beautiful systematic results and describe in more detail etc etc etc.
So, I (@arielkroon ) wrote a blog post based a little bit around some of my thesis research, and mostly around my opinions about things. It's called "Fantasy, feminism, and philosophy," and it makes me nervous to put it out there, mostly because - as a gender studies degree holder - I have experienced first-hand the negative backlash when I apply the "f" word to genre criticism.
That said, if I hate a thing, I don't tend to talk about it. I don't wanna waste my energy on something terrible. And so I am incredibly critical of the stories that I absolutely love, because I'm a big ol' nerd academic and it fills my heart with joy to find theories that apply to character, plot, and worldview.
Ahem. I'm digressing. Fantasy is so important! You could argue from a genre standpoint that solarpunk is a type of science fantasy. And that's why it's so important to investigate it. My utopia is necessarily gonna be different than yours, because I'm mired in my own biases and can't see outside of my own umwelt without help.
I'm soapboxing again, whoops. Go read the post!
#solarpunk #SolarpunkPresents #fantasy #sff #sciencFiction #ScienceFantasy #Philosophy #umwelt #bias #worldview #feminism #feminist #LiteraryCriticism #Critique #Criticism #MyFavesAreProblematic #Academia #academic #AcademicNerdery #Theory
"In this study, we developed a soft robotic model of the right heart that accurately mimics RV biomechanics and hemodynamics, including free wall, septal and valve motion."
Singh, M., Bonnemain, J., Ozturk, C. et al. Robotic right ventricle is a biohybrid platform that simulates right ventricular function in (patho)physiological conditions and intervention. Nat Cardiovasc Res (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s44161-023-00387-8 #OpenAccess #OA #Research #Cardiology #Medicine #Health #Bioengineering #Heart #Engineering #ComputerScience #Biotechnology #Robotics #Science #STEM #Academia #Academic @science @engineering
"The present study has highlighted the gene-culture co-migration with the demographic movements that occurred during the past two millennia in Central and East Asia. Additionally, this work contributes to a better understanding of the distribution of immunogenic erythrocyte polymorphisms with a view to improve transfusion safety."
Petit, F., Minnai, F., Chiaroni, J. et al. The radial expansion of the Diego blood group system polymorphisms in Asia: mark of co-migration with the Mongol conquests. Eur J Hum Genet 27, 125–132 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41431-018-0245-9 #OpenAccess #OA #Journal #Research #Article #Science #STEM #Genetics #Biology #Asia #CentralAsia #EastAsia #Demography #Migration #Academia #Academic @science @biology
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In my third article on academic websites, I walk you through some preconsiderations before actually setting up a website. Please read on to get an idea what you will want to do with your website! #academia @academicchatter
I just finished my hour-long interview with Oxford University concerning their study of Mastodon and decentralized social media.
They were especially interested in what we’ve done here at Veganism Social, as we have our own fork with custom features that address common complaints such as content discoverability.
Veganism Social’s use case was exemplary of the benefits of decentralizion. Our moderation is uniquely anti-speciesist, and the community has a clear purpose beyond ‘general’.
My analyses of the technological and sociological benefits of decentralization are extensive. I (currently) have a deep understanding of Mastodon’s code-base, and how to use it. I also worked as a software developer for centralized social media, and now moderate a subreddit with 100k members.
I could not possibly exhaust myself of exhilarating insights to share.
Surely, the Oxford study will broaden awareness of how decentralized social media will benefit society.
Next time my wife asks me to stop info-dumping, I’ll banter that Oxford might think it’s worth listening to. 🤭
They’re sending me an Amazon gift card as compensation, and of course I’m spending it all on candy.
I had a student pass her viva a few months ago, and her external examiner did that really gross thing where he said, 'You need to update your references to cite me.'
Except the citation he wants her to include wasn't published when she submitted her thesis.
The guy's a full professor. He does not need extra citations from a PhD student's thesis! No one reads theses anyway besides the examiners. She'll cite you when she publishes, dude, geez, get over yourself.
What is an non-inverting amplifier? Like, Share,Comment Please #LearnOnTikTok #STEMTok #TechTok #Engineering #EngineeringProfessor #Engineers #PurposefulProfessor #Educator #EngineeringEducator #Academia #TenureProfessor #FullProfessor #BlackSTEM #WomenSTEM #BlackEngineers #WomenEngineers #BlackMastodon #BlackFediverse #BlackTwitter #LearningSTEM #MySTEMIsForTheStreets
Dear department chairs:
When someone volunteers to write a promotion evaluation on relatively short notice and then submits a 3-page letter, along with a brief bio and cv as requested, please acknowledge receipt of said letter and thank the letter writer.
All the professors
“[…] Among those practicing self-censorship since the Israel-Hamas war began, 81 percent said they were withholding criticism of Israel, compared with 11 percent withholding criticism of the Palestinians. Concerns about offending students and pressure from external advocacy groups were cited as the top reasons.
MIT grad student on #antisemitism
"I was forced to leave my study group because my group members told me that the people at the Nova music festival deserved to die because they were partying on stolen land.”
Ummm ... 🤔
"Most scientists don’t enjoy writing grants."
"Here’s how to change that."
"Specialists share how to make the experience more enjoyable and foster a sense of belonging."
"This book provides the first full history of phrenitis. In doing so, it surveys ancient ideas about the interactions between body and soul, both in health and in disease. It also addresses ancient ideas about bodily health, mental soundness and moral 'goodness', and their heritage in contemporary psychiatric ideas."
Thumiger, C. (2023). Phrenitis and the Pathology of the Mind in Western Medical Thought: (Fifth Century BCE to Twentieth Century CE). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009241311 #OpenAccess #OA #History #Ancient #Philosophy #Medicine #HistSci #Psychiatry #Mind #NonFiction #Academia #Academic #Book #Books #Ebook #Ebooks #Bookstodon @bookstodon (68)
"We analyze the average sonority of basic words of nearly three-quarters of the world’s languages, and confirm a positive correlation between sonority and local temperature. Our findings suggest that lower temperatures, over the course of many centuries, lead to decreased sonority. Our research provides further evidence that climate plays a role in shaping the evolution of human languages."
Tianheng Wang, Søren Wichmann, Quansheng Xia, Qibin Ran, Temperature shapes language sonority: Revalidation from a large dataset, PNAS Nexus, Volume 2, Issue 12, December 2023, pgad384, https://academic.oup.com/pnasnexus/article/2/12/pgad384/7457938 #OpenAccess #OA #Journal #Article #Language #Languages #Environment #Climate #Evolution #Anthropology #Academia #Academic @anthropology
Female PhD students are less likely to graduate with honors (cum laude) than males.
When dissertations are evaluated by committees including a larger proportion of female scholars, the difference disappears. Great work by Tijs Bol @uva_amsterdam
#inequality #academia #phd #phdlife
Please circulate widely!
We are looking for an enthusiastic, well-organized colleague able to maintain good communication with local organizers, to become the Director of Conferences. If you are interested please send any questions or a 200-word expression of interest, outlining your suitability for this role, to SHARP President Danielle Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org by 19 January 2024.
Director of Awards supports #Scholarship by organizing prizes and fellowship awards. Early career members of SHARP welcome! (There are free books involved!) If you are interested, please send any questions or a 200 word expression of interest, outlining your suitability for this role, to SHARP Vice President, Shafquat Towheed, at email@example.com by 19 January 2024.
So is this the deal with the new @eLife system:
1- you send your preprint
2- it is reviewed (if they so choose)
3- you eventually upload a final “version of record”
4- you send the reviewed preprint (+reviews) to another journal for publication
Has anyone tried that step 4? Do the “other journals” accept to publish something that’s already been reviewed by eLife?
Of course, you could do 3 instead but does having an eLife paper under the new system “count” for your CV?
Edit 1: here’s an explanation of the new eLife process: https://elifesciences.org/peer-review-process
Edit 2: clarified the link between step 3 and 4 (either/or, not both)
Important to think about when false accusations can occur: https://www.techlearning.com/news/he-was-falsely-accused-of-using-ai-heres-what-he-wishes-his-professor-did-instead #highered #academia #edutooter
Sitting before the 'proof' version #Springer sent me of my article.
What should I say. They butchered it. It's full of copy-paste-kinda errors. E.g., apparently they manually removed all of my #siunitx usage, removed spaces between numbers and units. There are even *typos in author names of citations*. How does that even happen, when it's #BibTeX generated!? Apparently they manually write it out somehow?
This is beyond me. 🤦
@timnitGebru I see so much of this in #academia. The classic, after I get tenure excuse. Which then becomes, after I get full professorship. etc. Basically putting of speaking up, when they do have tons of privilege already, but won't recognize it (and further legitimizes all sorts of injustice).
*sorry this hit a sore spot*
Just signed the contract for the inclusion of my article on James Baldwin's Blues for Mister Charlie in the volume Edward Albee and the Emergence of Difference and Diversity in US and World Theatre, 1950s-1970s to be published in a year by Routledge.
#professor #academia #academicchatter #academicmastodon
‘An analysis of 5.8 million authors across all scientific disciplines shows that the gender gap is closing, but there is still a long distance to go… The researchers found that men outnumbered women 3.93 times among those authors who started publishing before 1992, but only 1.36 times among those authors who started publishing after 2011.’ https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/1008127 Paper: https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3002385 #academia #science #publishing #discrimination
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.
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”.
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/
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."
🚨 Job Alert: Deadline Extended to Jan 1 🚨
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Come be my colleague!
The Dept of Neuroscience at Brown University is hiring! A tenure-track Assistant Professor position is available for neuroscientists focusing in any topical area. If you wish to join our inclusive community of dedicated scholars & educators, info & apply @ apply.interfolio.com/132440
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
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