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Yes, I’ve fallen behind a bit on my MOOC due to conferences and other general insanity, but after doing the last week this week I vow to catch up a bit retroactively and do weeks 3, 4 & 5. My weeks 1 and 2 posts are here and here. Distributed Research: new models of inquiry…

It seems that Brock University in St. Catherine’s, Ontario really likes me. Two years ago, the Library kindly invited me to speak during their Open Access Week festivities. And this year the Physics Department has also very kindly invited me to be part of their Seminar Series, also to talk about Getting Your Science Online,…

I’m at the Access Conference in Montreal this week starting today, so I’m a bit behind on the readings for the Current/Future State of Higher Education MOOC I’m participating in. I’m hoping a nice long relaxing train ride will give me the opportunity to catch up. Anyways, Week 1 was a great introduction to the…

Why do people go into science? Why do people go to work at scholarly societies? Why do people choose scholarly publishing as a career? Why do people choose a career at the intersection of those three vocations? There are cynical answers to those questions, for sure, and even the non-cynical need to put food on…

Reading Diary: Open Access by Peter Suber

Scholars who grew up with the internet are steadily replacing those that grew up without it. Scholars who expect to put everything they write online, who expect to find everything they need online, and who expect unlocked content that they may read, search, link, copy, cut/paste, crawl, print, and redistribute, are replacing those who never…

Jenica Rogers is Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Like so many institutions SUNY Potsdam subscribes to the suite of journals published by the American Chemical Society. Now, that’s always a challenge since the ACS prices their products very aggressively as well as pushing the envelope with annual price…

This is the third and hopefully final summary post on the controversy at the University of Virginia surrounding the forced resignation of President Teresa Sullivan. The previous two are here and here. Trouble With Transparency A Much Higher Education: UVA has its president back. But the fight to save our universities has only just begun.…

This one is a little less on the strictly amusing side and a little more on the useful and thoughtful side for a Friday Fun post, but sometimes it’s worth mixing things up a bit. I’ve mostly not read these books myself but I am in the middle of the Christensen/Eyring book right now. And…

Friday Fun: Faculty Fashion? Not!

Academics aren’t exactly known for their sartorial splendor. And that may be the understatement of the year. A fun article by Daniel J. Myers in Insider Higher Ed from a few weeks ago: Faculty Fashion Here’s a quote: What message might academics be trying to send when they flout the dictates of fashion and good…

I always thought Wolfgang Pauli’s famous remark was the ultimate insult to scientists, but apparently I was wrong. Perhaps I was not even wrong given the plethora of scientific insults you can find out there. In any case, many “thanks” to the Knoepfler Lab blog for their descriptive, specialized, perhaps overly ambitious but somewhat derivative…

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