Tagged: academia

Basking in the conference afterglow or swansong? - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Sep 11, 2014

Conferences are seen as one of the few remaining perks of a scientist’s life. A chance to step away from academia and to travel, even if only out of one’s earthquake ravaged home city. Sometimes though, as much as they energise and present opportunities to reconnect with the scientific community, conferences can be a harsh reminder of just … Read More

A flurry of Antarctic scientists - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Aug 22, 2014

Antarctic scientist gets close to study subject, a Weddell seal. Antarctic scientists tend to feel passionate about their subject areas. For those of you living in Auckland, New Zealand, happily going about your daily lives you might be blissfully unaware that approximately 1000 Antarctic scientists are currently beginning to infiltrate the city. Think of them like a flurry of … Read More

Grade deflation - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 18, 2014

Results from Princeton's grade deflation experiment are well worth reading. Catherine Rampell reports on it here and here. Princeton aimed to reduce the proportion of awarded As to reduce variability across departments. Some departments responded ... Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #5 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf May 23, 2014

Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week(ish). Large glaciers are in irreversible decline signalling the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet more rapidly than predicted. Sea levels will rise as a result. Image credit: Victoria Metcalf 1. Although it may have been overshadowed somewhat by the elevator bust-up … Read More

Academic discrimination audits - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton May 06, 2014

Profs in fields where the opportunity cost of time are more valuable use tighter filters in deciding whether to reply to an email; that filter may have discriminatory effect.Milkman et al run a field experiment sending academics in a pile of fields the following email:Dear Professor [Surname of Professor Inserted Here],I am writing you because I am a prospective … Read More

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