Simultaneously in my Twitter feed:

1. University of Alaska being gutted while we watch.

2. Grants for research in Alaska awarded to... scientists in populous northeastern states.

Turnitin sold to Advance for £1.3 billion, a US media company that owns the Discovery Channel, Wired, most of Reddit, and much more.

Why this is of concern from the THE article: "it reinforces a business model that relies on the collection and use of student data at students’ expense and without compensating them”.

Online today, academics are arguing about bribery and... staplers.


I can't even remember the last time I had students submit things to me on paper.

Why do academics feel such a strong need to tell others how to spend their time, especially around this time of year?

A lesson from Gandalf: Even the most experienced, skilled people doing work they love can face challenges that make them cry.

Blogging almost sounds quaint now - but it's still one of the best ways to test and refine your academic ideas. Case study:

Did you ever get training / mentoring on how to write recommendation letters? Or did you just make it up as you went along?

Science magazine editor confirms that the "Gene editing babies" choice for the "Breakthrough of the year" poll has been removed. Hooray!

Science magazine made a TERRIBLE call by listing unethical human gene editing research in a "Breakthrough of the year" poll. This work should be condemned, not legitimized.

The tension between sharing and businesses selling. Not academic publishing, but agricultural seeds -- though there might be some parallels!

Cloth tote bags you get from conferences are good donation items for food pantries and homeless shelters. Plastic bags are harder for their patrons, because the straps dig into hands. (HT to kthorning on Twitter)

Long term storage fun fact:
Hard drives last ~ 20 years.
Paper can last > 2000 years.

This was rejected by a couple of journals -- including the one that is now publishing it! But the final version is better than the preprint: researchintegrityjournal.biome

I kept thinking about it, and wrote a longer paper trying to spell out solutions, which I posted as a preprint:

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