PublishingScience

Open access or open wallet academic publishing?

One of the expected duties of an academic career is to publish one’s work. This involves, of course, careful preparation and execution. The last major step is (or used to be the last one!) to submit a finished manuscript to a reputable journal to be carefully vetted by one’s peers. …

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CultureFeaturedHigher Education

What About the Beethovenz?

I love going to conferences. It’s probably my favourite part of being an academic because it’s one of those very few opportunities you get to be surrounded by people who are not only excited about your discipline, but who are truly in a position to be excited about your scholarship. …

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Higher Education

UNC’s “Paper Classes” are Merely the Logical Endpoint of Several Current Trends

Unless you subscribe to the SoD monthly print zine—sign up now for the low, low price of $100 per crudely photocopied issue; please make all cheques payable to CASH–chances are you have an internet connection and have seen this recent Vox article on the UNC Chapel Hill “Paper Class” scandal …

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CultureEducation

How should you behave at a conference?

Academics, scientists, famous skeptics all behaving badly at conferences.  Depressingly often, we’ve being reading about this.   But it got me to thinking, what is “good conference behavior”?  Is it simply not harassing or being boorish?  As you mature in your field, do your responsibilities change? As someone who has reached …

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EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Student Privacy In Public Schools

A high school finds a teens diary.  The principal reads it.  In it she discusses marijuana and possible use.  No drug is found on the student or in her locker yet they suspend her.  This is not a joke this happened in a Missouri school toward the end of the …

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EducationHigher EducationPedagogyPop QuizScience

Pop Quiz: The Horror of Math

The bulk of the classes I teach are general science courses that are not math heavy. Even though these courses do not rely on math like a Physics class would there is still a small math component to each course. I am really not sure how to do science without …

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EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Temperature Control!

This past week I took a look at my work clothes to assess whether or not I need a few more short sleeve shirts and cardigans in my wardrobe. Every new semester it is a crap shoot as to whether I will be dying of heat or freezing to death …

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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Did You Survive?

For a lot of my College/University instructor/professor friends, including myself, this week was the first week of the fall semester. So how did it go? Have you survived add/drop yet? The Pop Quiz is a question posed to you, the Scholars of Doubt. Look for it on Mondays, Wednesdays and …

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EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Whiteboard vs. Chalkboard

The other day I was talking with my father-in-law who helps out at their church’s school. He was telling me about how they were cleaning some stuff out to get things ready for the new school year. As he was telling me this he also managed to describe how they …

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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: When is it too late to cancel a class?

See my post about Monday August 11 to understand where the content for this quiz is coming from. So I am not going to beat around the bush. A natural disaster happened on the way to work the other day and I did not cancel class because it happened so …

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