Why do wizards go adventuring ? Or …. you thought that your tenure requirements were tough?!

Academic life, Fantasy, funding, Popular Culture, Science LifeFebruary 23, 2017 • 2~2 min read • 0

Something that has been bothering me for a while, is why do wizards go adventuring? Source: ClipArtLord.com Now if you are a big geek like me, you’ll know that practically every adventuring party has a wizard. But these wizards are incredibly unprepared for exploring dungeons and have a shockingly high mortality rate. In the dungeons […]

R1 research universities – is a biased, flawed ranking system crippling academia?

Academic life, Challenging the Conventional Narrative, funding, Science fundingFebruary 16, 2017 • 1~2 min read • 0

If you are at a university that has graduate students, you have probably heard about whether your university is an R1 or R2 or R-whatever research institution. Universities tout their position in this ranking system, awarded by the Carnegie Foundation, to denote how “prestigious” they are in terms of research. From 1994, the ranking used […]

Sifting the fact from the false in an internet full of fake ‘news’

UncategorizedNovember 15, 2016 • < 1 min read

Southern Fried Science has at the forefront of trying to debunk fake news, such as faux documentaries about mermaids or giant sharks. In their article “Fish tales: combating fake science in the popular media” Andrew Thaler and David Shiffman asked that: “scientists familiarize themselves with common sources of misinformation within their field, so that they can be better […]

Let’s make America think again …

#SciComm, EducationOctober 9, 2016 • 1~2 min read

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King, Jr. I think everyone would agree that the current US presidential election has been one for the history books … and not in a good way. One of the running themes in this election has been how many people do not […]

Time to release the Kraken ! Addressing controversial questions in marine conservation

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Conservation, Uncategorized, Underrepresented Issues in Marine Science and ConservationSeptember 30, 2016 • 1~2 min read

A few years ago, we organized a group of marine conservation scientists to meet to discuss, and list,  the most urgent issues that need to be studied. The resulting paper  came up with 71 questions which urgently needed to be addressed, because a lack of an answer was severely impeding marine conservation. However, during this exercise we […]

Conservation Wanted – dead or alive?

ConservationSeptember 16, 2016 • < 1 min read

When I was an undergraduate studying conservation in the dim and distant past, we were told that the way endangered species would be saved would be to give them a financial value, and “wise use” of these species would allow them to survive. Well, that worked well, didn’t it…? The poster species of the “wise […]

Death by Renaissance Faire

Climate change, climate historyAugust 30, 2016 • < 1 min read

I am a big fan of Renaissance Faires and Festivals – I have a sizeable collection of pirate hats, doublets and billowy shirts and even a pair of thigh-length boots that would make Blackbeard envious. But whenever I go to a Renn Faire at this time of year and see the clientele dressed up in […]

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