Academia

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Smithsonian picks a new boss

G. Wayne Clough, president of Georgia Tech, was tapped to run the Smithsonian Institution. As we’ve reported, he steps into a deeply troubled organization. His predecessor allowed infrastructure to crumble, appropriated museum artifacts for personal use in his offices, and focused more on cozying up to corporate sponsors than on the scientific and educational mission…

On shelving

While Matt Selman’s rules of book shelving are clearly insane, Ezra Klein’s response is clearly not quite right either. The basic rule, from which all the others follow like a pack of hallucinating baboons, is: It is unacceptable to display any book in a public space of your home if you have not read it.…

DonorsChoose

Last year (just before I joined the fold) the Scienceblogs gang teamed up with a company called DonorsChoose to help out teachers with good ideas about how to make science education better. DonorsChoose is a website that lets teachers post proposals for funding, and lets potential donors search through those projects for ideas that seem…

Scientific publishing

For reasons which I may or may not reveal some day, I’m interested in picking your collective brains about the future of online scientific publishing. My premises are as follows: I do not read printed scientific journals any more ? they waste space and are hard to search through when I’m looking for a specific…

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On dealing with journalists

The ScienceBlogs are abuzz with discussion of how scientists should handle the media. The concern from scientists seems to focus on the fear of being misquoted, and the journalists are responding by pointing out that misquotations are rare, and that when they occur, they rarely are substantive. The problem is that what the journalists mean…

Brief thoughts on Fair Use

My Scibling Shelley has gotten into and out of a bit of fuss while I’ve been incommunicado. She posted about a paper discussing the role of alcohol in protecting antioxidants in fruit. As so many of us have done, she posted a graph and table from the original paper to illustrate her description of the…

Organizing PDFs

As we try to move towards paperless offices, one of the big challenges is finding the right way to file and organize PDFs of interesting papers, books, reports, proposals and what have you. ScienceSampler suggests using iTunes, and that’s certainly not a bad idea. iTunes acquired the ability to handle PDFs in order to handle…

Afarensis asks Dembski on Open Access: Is He Hypocritcal, Stupid, or Both? Both. This is the simple answer to that simple question. The broader issue of open access is not so simple. While Dembski’s understanding of the issue is both hypocritical and stupid, the issue of whether commercial science publishers are hypocritical and stupid remains…

Scientist Laureate

Great minds think alike, I guess. Like Razib and Stranger Fruit, my answer to this week’s Ask a ScienceBlogger ? “Who would you nominate for Scientist Laureate, if such a position existed?” ? was going to be E. O. Wilson. His work on conservation alone would justify that status, if such a thing existed. His…