By Beryl Lieff BenderlyJul. 11, 2018 , 2:55 PM At the May launch event for the latest report about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) graduate training, the chair of the report committee didn’t mince words. The current training system, said Alan Leshner, CEO emeritus of AAAS (which publishes Science Careers), “works well for the PIs [principal investigators], institutions, and federal agencies that get relatively cheap labor and churn out lots of papers in top journals—but it doesn’t work well for students.” The report, issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, offers a bracing alternative vision of the student-centered “ideal graduate STEM education” that aspiring scientists should, by rights, experience. It fails, however, to show a path toward producing the reforms that would make the current system provide what students need. It thus presents an implicit warning for anyone currently … [Read more...] about What’s the way forward to reform graduate training?
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced Monday she will boycott the UC Berkeley graduation ceremony, where she was scheduled to deliver the keynote speech, due to a massive union-backed labor strike that forced the rescheduling of over 12,000 surgeries, cancer treatments, and appointments. Harris tweeted, “If we are going to live up to our ideals as a nation, it’s critical we focus on economic equality and economic justice. One key is making sure everyone has access to a good job, with fair wages, and safe working conditions.”According to the San Francisco Chronicle, campus chancellor Carol Christ will address the nearly 6,000-strong graduating study body in Harris’s place at Cal’s Memorial Stadium Saturday morning. UC Berkeley announced Monday: “We regretfully share the news that, after much consideration, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris has decided not to speak at Saturday’s commencement ceremony at UC Berkeley due to a UC-wide speaker boycott … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris Cancels as Cal Graduation Speaker over Union Protests
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A white graduate student at Yale called police on a black graduate student who had fallen asleep in a common area of their campus residence -- an episode that a dean said shows the need for efforts to make the Ivy League university a more inclusive place. Lolade Siyonbola posted two videos of Monday's encounter on her Facebook page, including part of a conversation with the white student who told her she was calling police after finding her on a couch in the room at Yale's Hall of Graduate Studies on the New Haven campus. After questioning Siyonbola for more than 15 minutes, police confirmed she was a Yale student who lived in the building and then left. Police told her the encounter was prolonged because her name was not spelled correctly in a database of student information. Siyonbola did not immediately respond to emails and messages on social media requesting comment. She expressed gratitude Tuesday on her Facebook page for "the love, kind words and … [Read more...] about White graduate student calls police on black student sleeping in Yale dorm
This week at the annual meeting for the American Association of Public Opinion Research, a new study is going to be released which shows that the best way to get a truthful response to a question is to have the question and answer sent and received via text message. According to Fred Conrad, a cognitive psychologist and Director of the Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, this is the opposite of what most people expect. Because texting leaves a visual record of each question asked and answer received either on a phone or in the cloud, Conrad said that most people assume that texting reduces the chance that sensitive or truthful answers would be revealed via its use.The researchers also found that those responding to questions via text were less likely to use a method known as 'satisficing' when giving answers. That is the practice of giving answers that are 'good enough'. For example, an example of satisficing is round a numerical … [Read more...] about New study to show that texting is a good way to get more truthful answers to questions
No matter how some people percieve Pokemon GO, no one can deny that the title's location-based AR gameplay is truly something different. Ever since it's initial release in July 2016, the game has given players the incentive to leave the couch and go out in the real world in order to locate, capture, battle, and train the charming creatures of the Pokemon universe. At a first glance, all of this suggested that Pokemon GO is actually good for your health (if you mind your surroundings), but then a British Medical Journal survey from December of 2016 concluded that although there was an observable initial increase in physical activity with Pokemon GO players (955 steps compared to non-players), the effect pretty much disappears after 6 weeks. However, American researchers beg to differ. A new study from the American Heart Association which tracked 167 players between June 15 and July 31 2016 (about six and a half weeks) reveals that users which played the popular smartphone game actually … [Read more...] about Take that, naysayers! New study reveals that Pokemon GO players walk an extra 2,000 steps per day