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Regular commenter S. Rivlin emailed me to describe a distressing situation in academia and to ask for advice: Dear Janet,   I write to you to solicit your opinion on a recent grievance case I am privy to at my university. I hope you’ll find the time to respond, considering that you are back from…

In part II of the interview, my mother discussed her transition from mentor-ific undergraduate physics to a graduate physics program with no mentoring to speak of, not to mention astronomy courses that were described in the course catalogue but not actually taught. Here, in the final segment of our interview, she describes how she developed…

If you ever wonder why state employees are so marvelously equipped to believe six impossible things before breakfast, this story from Inside Higher Education will provide some context: Who would have thought that doing too well on a test could get you in trouble? Certainly not Tony Williams. After passing a new online test on…

I can hardly believe that it’s time for another Skeptics’ Circle, but the evidence seems to support the conclusion that it is. EoR at The Second Sight has a real gem of a carnival, collecting bright and shiny examples of blog essay doing their skeptical best to prevent us from having rocks in our heads.…