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Evaluating scientific evidence

In an era where PR rules the news and superlatives rule science, how can a reader really know what’s what?

Critical analysis skills are a key survival skill, but facts-on-demand has taken over in many modern educational structures. 405 more words


Promoting Your Book

Historian Thomas Kidd recently published some suggestions on the dos and don’ts of promoting your academic book. His recommendations, which included suggestions of not joining social media just for the purpose of promoting your book was good. 919 more words


Women taking up space: "power posing"--men taking up space: "manspreading"

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

A power pose: When a guy sits like this, he can get arrested

Why is it called “power posing” when you’re a woman and you stand or sit so that you take up as much space as possible—but called “manspreading” when you’re a man and do exactly the same thing?

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Annals of female oppression: Disney princesses not allowed to yackety-yack enough

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Pocahantas: Princess Only 24 Percent of Lines

From Mashable:

“Data linguists Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer analyzed all dialogue in Disney princess films and found that men have three times as many lines as female characters.

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Is "self-plagiarism" the same as "shingling"?

One of the sins of scientific publication is passing off as new results that you already published.  This is often called shingling.  Being caught doing this will usually result in a paper being rejected.   388 more words


But first let me take a selfie

I am fascinated by selfies! I am a sociologist who gets excited by most things,so selfies, along with celebrity culture and social media, get me truly fascinated! 875 more words


Teaching the Hindu Epics

This semester I am teaching a course on the Hindu epics for the first time. I have got to know these delightful and intriguing texts very well in recent years, and I am excited to be able to share my enthusiasm with some students. 410 more words

Religious Narrative