Recommended reads #206


The loss of bodily autonomy is making prospective college students rethink where they’ll go off to college.

The great forgetting.

On the Teaching Tenure Track (about positions in some university systems that have full-time positions with security of employment that are focused on teaching)

Exxon knew. (And in general, I’d just like to draw attention to the fact that the EIC of Science, Holden Thorp, has been extraordinarily on point in his weekly editorials. Take, for example, this one about educational rankings. Or this other one about the disingenuous arguments against academic freedom by Republicans. And he’s a strong voice on twitter as well. Going on a limb here, it seems to me that he gets the big picture and is taking the time to talk about things that matter.)

A couple years ago, a big paper was published by a team of scientists wholly based out of the Global North who were pointing out all of the shortfalls in research in Neotropical Ornithology. Which seems a bit silly, eh? A couple response papers from Latin American ornithologists have come out, in which they point out all of the issues about othering the people in Latin America who are doing this work and are experts on their own fauna. The Science article, as well as the two response papers themselves, are worth a read.

That girl is going to get herself killed

Geneticists apologize for eugenics by the American Society of Human Genetics

I’ve long heard from a variety of colleagues about the intolerable and problematic working conditions at Chico State (which is in the same university system as me). This news article, about one series of incidents involving one particularly bad adtor, shows how deep these problems go.

A scientist reports on what living and working with long COVID is like.

What a surprise to discover a peer-reviewed research article demonstrating that when men are hired, the two-body problem isn’t seen as potential issue by the search committee, but women are interviewing, it’s a whole different story. Color me shocked.

Adriana Briscoe gave a stunning address to the American Society of Naturalists about her journey in science, and here it is now in written form in The American Naturalist: FamiliaComunidad y Maestros: How I Became a Latina Science Professor

On the people who proudly say that they don’t read books

ChatGPT did not write this post and also from Stephen Heard, Why my newest paper is paywalled, which is precisely a post that I’ve been intending to write for this site but now I don’t have to because he said it (and probably better than I would have).

“The ‘terrifyingly ordinary’ nature of football’s violence disproportionately affects Black men

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