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Archives for June, 2009

Linkfest: world oceans day

Much of the celebration of World Oceans Day focuses on the ocean’s importance as an ecosystem, especially in relation to climate change. But the bottom of the ocean is still relatively unknown – I’ve been told by marine geologists that we know the topography of Venus better than that of our own planet, because we…

I bet I’m not the only geologist who always wants to list “time machine” in the budget request for every grant proposal I write. Yes, we’ve got a lot of tools to sort out what’s happened in the past, but wouldn’t it be a lot easier if we could just go back and see for…

There’s a question-and-answer in The Scientist online [free registration required] entitled “Is Tenure Worth Saving?” The interviewee, Dan Clawson (a tenured sociologist at the University of Massachusetts) goes through some of the history that’s all-too-familiar to people who want jobs in academia: to cut money*, universities have been quietly shifting their work, more and more,…