Tagged: academia

Keeping The Conversation going - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf May 14, 2015

Over the ditch there’s a little madness going on. The need for humans to converse with each other, to engage in conversation, is in a fashion under threat. That’s because the latest government budget announced includes a halt to the funding for the Australian media website initiative The … Read More

Meta-IRB - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 04, 2015

Here's a fun one for those of you still based at a university. All of you put together a Human Ethics Review proposal for a field experiment on Human Ethics Review proposals. Here is the proposal within my proposal. Each of you would propose putting together a panel of researchers at different universities. You would propose that each of your … Read More

Please review the ethics of human ethics review - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 04, 2015

Human ethics review panels are the worst. Designed to prevent atrocities like Tuskegee, they then metastasised: any time your research could possibly involve a human subject, there are a billion forms to fill in. So it's usually easiest just to avoid doing field research.U Queensland's Paul Frijters didn't avoid doing field research. He sent actors out onto Brisbane buses with … Read More

Public intellectuals - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 24, 2015

Philip Matthews at the Christchurch Press asked me for comment on the role of public intellectuals in New Zealand.He used a well-chosen excerpt from the email below. Here are the parts for which there wasn't room in last weekend's paper.“Public intellectuals have to be good academic all-rounders. The best ones combine deep specialist knowledge of their own research area … Read More

Rise of the rocurs - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Jan 30, 2015

Rotation curation Twitter sites are rewarding both for curators and readers. Image source: http://www.epa.gov/win/winnews/images05/0510keyboard.gif via Wikimedia Commons. Happy New Year to everyone. Mine was actually spent not in the happiest way, listening to the revelry whilst desperately seeking sleep within the confines of a completely not soundproof tent in Kaikoura. Struck down with a nasty gastro bug for two … Read More

Getting all atwitter about science - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Oct 17, 2014

Image source: Wikimedia Commons uploaded by The Pink Group https://www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/social-media-icons-the-circle-set Recently the Minister of Education , Hon Hekia Parata, suggested introducing new assessments for Years 9 and 10 at school. The tone of the conversations on education in general I have been having in recent months with teachers leads me to … Read More

The Econ signal - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 03, 2014

Economics majors have the highest lifetime earnings, says Slate. Why?Part of it is that the finance and consulting industries like recruiting them, not necessarily for their specific skills, but because they consider the major a basic intelligence test. Granted, we're probably not seeing the effect of Goldman Sachs or Private Equity salaries in these charts, since they only stop … Read More