Recommended reads #145


Apply to grad school for free

A good argument for checking email less frequently.

How I learned to stop worrying and trust students

Technology and distracted students: a [Swiftian] modest proposal

That paper everybody keeps mentioning about how handwritten notes are better than using a laptop? Well, it got replicated. Before you click though, what do you imagine they found? (If you want the article instead of the news story, here you go.)

Here’s an interesting bibliometric article in Nature about the power of small teams.

Most green space in urban areas is on private property, which is an issue that a lot of non-urban ecologists aren’t used to navigating. So, this how-to guide will be super helpful for ecologists looking to do work in cities. (I’ve started doing urban ecology in collaboration with a bunch of old hands, who I imagine have learned a lot of these lessons the hard way. This paper is can help you learn more quickly and safely on paper, rather than having effort-laden and adverse experiences. )

York College of Pennsylvania just got totally busted for photoshopping admissions materials.

Jon Krakauer writes about the financial troubles experienced by Hampshire College.

Pearls Before Swine. (and this article reminded me of a post I wrote after going to a Stephan Pastis book signing. Which is chock full of irony, or, at least, evolution, as I recently started doing the thing that I chose against when I wrote that post. Which I think is a pretty good one, in hindsight)

CONGRATULATIONS! You got an interview for a grad program! But now what?

Super encouraging to see this thoughtful post, “Open Science Isn’t Always Open to All Scientists

No textbooks, no lessons, no right answers. Is this what higher education needs?

A nice feature about the biodiversity in the Church Forests of Ethiopia. Do you know about these? It’s an incredible story. 

A postmortem for the MOOC

One thought on “Recommended reads #145

  1. Project idea: gather college prospective student booklets, quantify diversity in photos, compare to student demographics of those colleges. Could be very interesting.

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