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Egregious citation statistic abuse

The world of citation statistics is, arguably, science’s answer to doping in athletics.  As new tests emerge, new ways of cheating follow. What is becoming increasingly clear is that the rewards for cheating are far more direct than many of us ever thought. 1,138 more words

Academia

Crip(pl)ing Pain - Poster Presentation at Encountering Pain

At the end of last week, I went to the Encountering Pain conference at UCL. The conference was really good – it was very much an interdisciplinary conference, so there were people from a range of academic disciplines, as well as artists and medics. 1,371 more words

Disabilty

"Translating Buddhism" conference

My head is still whirring from last week’s conference on “Translating Buddhism” at York St John University. The conference was wonderfully stimulating, as well as warm and collegial, and I left with plenty of new ideas and reflections, as well as a long reading list. 477 more words

Buddhism

Scientific Misconduct in Geoscience

Well, its been fun noting that the bulk of the issues in places like RetractionWatch are in fields far from geoscience, but we now have our very own cesspool of misbehavior (one that, indeed, … 629 more words

Academia

Campus "bias" team muzzles profs for inviting classroom debate on controversial topics

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

You can talk about anything, here–unless a snowflake feels “offended.”

At the University of Northern Colorado, a public institutions, two professors who started class discussions featuring opposing viewpoints on such hot-button topics such as transgenderism were…investigated by campus administrators.

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Returning to the land of the employed

I’m so excited! I finally have something to post about!  And it’s not just cat and dog pictures!  Or discussions about comic book characters!

I will be starting a new job in the fall as an engineering professor at a small liberal arts college. 332 more words

Engineering