Recommended reads #140


Cat Hicks reflects on years of volunteering to edit grad school application statements. Huge lessons to be learned from her.

NSF has removed PI caps on proposal submissions in BIO.

Alan Townsend describes why he left a top research university to help lead a small liberal arts college.

Discoveries about nature are often right in our faces, we just need to think about what we’re looking at. Like this one about termites.

Grad school should be challenging, not traumatic

Family-friendly science: “Although there is UK legislation for shared parental leave, the current take-up among fathers is shockingly low. Indeed, the 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry pay and reward survey showed that amongst members, of all those taking leave for childcare of any sort, 95% were women and only 5% were men. National UK surveys also show that on average, women spend more than twice as much time providing childcare than men, and the data also indicate that women take on the majority of other caring roles, such as for elderly or sick relatives, as well as doing 60% more housework than men.”

A new study, with more robust data than prior studies, shows the GRE has poor predictive potential

This story by Amy Harmon in the NYT about gender harassment in science is very well done, and serves as a solid recap.

Also in NYT, I think the series on economic change and social mobility in China is fascinating.

After some intrepid researchers measured the elasticity of cross-sections of wombat large intestine, we have a much better idea how wombat poop turns into a cube.

Sweet Tea, Science writes “How do I get in? Applying to STEM graduate programs

It is unethical to teach evolution, no matter the organism, without confronting racism and sexism,

Students want to write well. We don’t let them.

A new introductory stats textbook, which is open access.

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