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Doing Good Science

Fall semester musing on numbers.

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The particular numbers on which I’m focused aren’t cool ones like pi, although I suspect they’re not entirely rational, either. I teach at a public university in a state whose recent budget crises have been epic. That means that funding for sections of classes (and especially for the faculty who teach those sections of classes) [...]

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Observations

Do You Have a 2-Body Problem? Yes, You Do [Poll Results]

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Physics students learn about the so-called two-body problem early in their training, a classical mechanics scenario that can be used to describe the motion of binary stars or a planet orbiting a star. But any romantic couple knows that they too must solve this problem, at least metaphorically, when it comes to deciding between partner [...]

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PsySociety

Knowledge, Knowledge Everywhere: Do Social Networks Spread or Drown Health & Science News?

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We live in an age of constant data. Between television, the Internet, and  our “real-life” social circles, society has never before had as much access to health and science news as we now enjoy — and it has never been so easy for anyone to access an entire encyclopedia of information about any health or [...]

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PsySociety

Rest In Peace, Nalini Ambady.

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Yesterday, the field of Social Psychology lost a true pioneer. Nalini Ambady, professor of psychology at Stanford, passed away at the far-too-young age of 54 after a long battle with leukemia. She was the first Indian-American woman to teach psychology at Harvard, Tufts, and Stanford, and she is best known for her groundbreaking work on [...]

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PsySociety

Outside the Ivory Tower: Science Writing, Social Media, and Non-Painful Networking.

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On Friday, I was invited by a friend at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington to give a talk to an undergraduate colloquium about Science Writing/Blogging and how students might be able to pursue it as a potential career path. As part of the talk, I was asked to share details about my personal experience (how [...]

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PsySociety

Psychology’s brilliant, beautiful, scientific messiness.

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Today, sitting down to my Twitter feed, I saw a new link to Dr. Alex Berezow’s old piece on why psychology cannot call itself a science. The piece itself is over a year old, but seeing it linked again today brought up old, angry feelings that I never had the chance to publicly address when [...]

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PsySociety

Bring Cognitive Science To The Streets!

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How much would you love something that could manage to combine psychology, bright colors, social justice, and a cute, wordplay1 name? Enter: The Think Tank. Brain child of Tyler Alterman, the Think Tank is a “mobile cognitive science lab and education station” that will drive around to schools and museums across the country, focusing on [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

The Doctor Is In

Original image by Charles M. Schulz/Peanuts.

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The Thoughtful Animal

A Psychologist Goes To The Zoo: An Interview with Terry L. Maple

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I first became aware of Dr. Terry L. Maple when I read his article in the latest issue of The Observer, the magazine of the Association for Psychological Science. Maple is former president and CEO of the Zoo Atlanta as well as the Palm Beach Zoo, and is currently a professor in the departments of [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Rule #1: Giving Talks

[Data collection fortnight ends today. And then we shall return to our regularly scheduled programming. Until then, here's Rule #1, from the archives.] If you are giving a talk, or teaching a class, or are otherwise responsible for transmitting content from your brain to other peoples’ brains, you should be able to give that talk [...]

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The Urban Scientist

You Should Know: Dr Robin G Nelson

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Welcome to the tenth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. Introducing … Dr. Robin G. Nelson Dr. Nelson is a Biological Anthropologist whose research explores family dynamics and how they may impact the health of individuals and communities. She [...]

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The Urban Scientist

#DispatchesDNLee: Back in the field (Illinois)

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I am on a Dispatches from DNLee Adventure, but this time it’s here in the States.  The last several days have been spent outside in the fields and farmlands of central Illinois. Good times. As a PhD student, I spent several weekends (spread over a few months) trapping and collecting prairie voles. Microtus ochrogaster, for my [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Spend a semester in Bermuda studying Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

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Early experiences can really have a formative impact on a person’s life, even or perhaps especially when it comes to  career trajectories. I had several exciting exposures to sciences as a child and teen and in college – most of those experiences were related to animals, ecology, and the environment.  But I could have easily [...]

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The Urban Scientist

You Should Know: Dr. Raychelle Burks and thirty-seven

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Welcome to my third installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. Introducing … Dr. Raychelle Burks and thirty-seven. Dr. Burks blogs and vlogs about chemistry – chemistry of all-sorts. The blog, thirty-seven, is a nod to her alter-identity Dr. Rubidium, rubidium being the [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Dealing with colleagues who try to throw you under the bus

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It’s probably safe to say I’m a veteran at this science, outreach and social media game. I’ve been struggling to keep my own science career game right (publish chica, PUBLISH!), keep my head above water (my finances and these student loans grrrr!), as well as navigate my professional trajectory (what’s next after this post doc?).  [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: Pouched Rat having a treat

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This is a video recording of me introducing a new snack to the African Giant Pouched Rats (Cricetomys ansorgei) – fresh pumpkin seeds. This fellow really seems to like it. I’m super impressed by this species dexterity. His handling of this seeds shows that. This is just a snap shot of an experiment I am [...]

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The Urban Scientist

You Should Know: Dr Caleph Wilson and 1st Generation STEM

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The hashtag #ScholarSunday is very much like #FollowFriday or #FF for short. Dr. Raul Pacheco (@RaulPacheco and raulpacheco.org). He created it as a vehicle for academics to engage with each other and alert our Twitter followers to who the intelligent, thought-provoking, and awesome colleagues we follow to keep us on our toes, challenge our assumptions [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Google Doodle Honors Chemist Dr. Percy Julian

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April 11, 2014 would have been Dr. Julian Percy’s 115th Birthday and it was a beautiful site to behold – seeing today’s Google Doodle honoring the man and his science. “Dr. Julian’s story is a fascinating one and I encourage you to read over the ACS and Wikipedia entries. As you might imagine, he faced [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 4

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Because I know you all have missed seeing the rats. Here are some photos of the most adorable research subjects, EVER!! These photos are from novel food introduction tests.   He has a treat (the green alfalfa cube in the lower right part of the frame) but he is getting into pre-nap posture. Hey, I’m [...]

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The Urban Scientist

#Scio14 Expanding the Dialogue on Diversity: Privilege and the Pursuit of Science

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As I was completing my doctorate studies, I was mounting an insane amount of student debt. I needed to finish. I wanted to finish. However, working an outside job or even a teaching assistantship kept taking up mind space and time and prevented me from just getting things done. I was so financially strapped that I was [...]

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