Tag Archives: getting on a soapbox

Why the heck aren’t research papers free?

Should¬†all research papers be free? Um. Yeah. Obviously. Scientific knowledge doesn’t do much good if it’s all locked up, only accessible to the rich and/or privileged. When I put it that way, I never get much argument.1 In fact, the … Continue reading

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A fundamental difference of opinion

If you had told me as a child that one day, I would be an entomologist writing a scathing retort to a New England Journal of Medicine Editorial, I probably wouldn’t believe you. First, I’d be confused because I didn’t … Continue reading

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Ready, set, TEACH.

The semester starts in one week’s time. Before the break, I was furiously working, working, working to get the Open Science and Reproducible Research course at least skeletonized.¬†This week will be all about sorting out tasks I need to get … Continue reading

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Open science is a political issue

I opened Facebook this morning to find a friend back home had linked to an article in Maclean’s magazine:1 Here are the issues Canadians care about the most this election It was to the delight of all the confirmation-bias associated … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the field: scattered thoughts edition

-When the bugs you’re hoping to count don’t show up for your field experiment, that sucks. But it’s also data that says maybe you’re not asking a question that’s relevant to the system. And maybe there’s other questions you need … Continue reading

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#openscience and peer review: write it like you plan to sign it (even if you don’t)

I submitted my first big federal grant proposal last week! Yay for me!1 It’s been taking up most of my time since I got back from maternity leave, and has resulted in a small pile of half-written blog posts saved … Continue reading

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Regime shifts, ladybugs, and #otherpeoplesdata

A bit of metadata: As you may remember, I mentioned in my last post that I was super-pregnant. Well, in true devotion to my craft, on Darwin Day, I doubled my fitness, and now  I have a new writing buddy. … Continue reading

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