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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