The climbing metaphor, or where should we encourage students to send their papers?

This is a guest post by Bastien Castagneyrol.  This is an issue I’ve thought about (as have others), and like Bastien, I don’t quite know what action to take.  I like Bastien’s climbing metaphor.  In a related one, the journey from subscriber-pays paywall to author-pays-open-access crosses a very rugged landscape, with crevasses both obvious and […]

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Pinned: How natural history museums bridge research gaps in space and time

Kris Cu, New Science Communicator Jayme Lewthwaite, a PhD candidate who studies evolutionary biology at Simon Fraser University, enters the grand halls of the Smithsonian Institute of Natural History in Washington, DC. She walks past the elegant and elaborate exhibits, heading to the sun-lit research labs. She climbs to the floor labelled ‘Lepidoptera Collections’, which […]

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Bedtime Stories

Many parents tell bedtime stories to their little children. One father, Jason Heeris, admitted on Twitter the other day that a few weeks earlier he set out to bore his three-year-old child to sleep by telling everything he knew about particle physics and nuclear physics. There was rather a lot to tell. And to his surprise, Jason said:Every night since then, as he's falling asleep, his little voice pipes up: "tell me about atoms daddy."Check…

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#534 Bacteria are Coming for Your OJ

What makes breakfast, breakfast? Well, according to every movie and TV show we've ever seen, a big glass of orange juice is basically required. But our morning grapefruit might be in danger. Why? Citrus greening, a bacteria carried by a bug, has infected 90% of the citrus groves in Florida. It's coming for your OJ. We'll talk with University of Maryland plant virologist Anne Simon about ways to stop the citrus killer, and with science…

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Call for Applications: Inaugural Canadian Mountain Network Research Management Committee

The Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) is seeking nominations for the inaugural Research Management Committee (RMC), who will be helping CMN develop a detailed research agenda and policies. Other responsibilities include reviewing and recommending research projects for funding, as well as monitoring progress of network research projects. Deadline – Tuesday September 17 at 5pmPT Application Option #1 – Nominate Yourself Email asykes@ualberta.ca with your resume or CV (no specified format) and a Microsoft Word document with…

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