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Quantum Sloan Winners

Congrats to the quantum tenure odds booster award winners Sloan award winners: Robert Raussendorf, UBC Hartmut Häffner, UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Haavard Scott Aaronson, MIT (that other Tech school) Andrew Houck, Princeton Subhadeep Gupta, University of Washington Lance lists the theoretical computer scientist winners.

Paper Reviewing Ratio

A long time ago, in a blog far far away, I ran a small poll about paper refereeing. The poll asked “What is your ratio of reviewed to submitted manuscripts?”. The results were >=6 reviewed for every 1 submitted: 7 votes (8 percent) 5 reviewed for every 1 submitted: 3 votes (4 percent) 4 reviewed…

Dewy Eyed Pastoralism

Today is the 149th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. I’m probably just suffering from a bout of dewy eyed pastoralism, but when was the last time a book which was readable by the general public was also a major work of science? (Not Here That’s For Sure)

Letter to an Older Scientist

If only I were Michael J. Fox, a letter I would send back in time.

Other NSF News…Of Funny Kind

Melody points me to this gem of an advisory from the NSF: In the event of a natural or anthropogenic disaster that interferes with an organization’s ability to meet a proposal submission deadline, NSF has developed the following guidelines for use by impacted organizations.  These guidelines will take the place of the previous NSF practice…

John Baez (via Zoran ?koda) points to the case of M.S. El Naschie. El Naschie is apparently the answer to the question “how do you publish over three hundred papers of craziness in an Elsevier journal?” Simple: just become the editor and chief of the journal! Tell me again the argument about scientific publishers rendering…

Open Access Talk

Last week, before I headed to my current location in the land of Coca Cola and the Cartoon Network (the hotel is so nice here that when my friend stopped outside so that I could drop my bags off, the concierge asked him if he wanted would like some water while he waited), I attended…

Say it ain’t so Hasbro, say it aint so. From an NPR story on a makeover of the game “Clue”: The characters have changed, too. Miss Scarlet has a first name: Cassandra. Colonel Mustard left the military; he’s a former football star. Victor Plum, formerly the professor who was always known as the smartest man…

Hot off the presses! In an amazing breakthrough, which this press release has no room to describe in any real detail, scientists at research university BigU have made tremendous progress in the field of quantum computing. The results mean that quantum computers are one step closer to replacing your laptop computer

Change We Believe In, But Tenure?

Turning down a tenured position at the University of Chicago Law School: Soon after, the faculty saw an opening and made him its best offer yet: Tenure upon hiring. A handsome salary, more than the $60,000 he was making in the State Senate or the $60,000 he earned teaching part time. A job for Michelle…