Pinned toot
Pinned toot

#Diversity training: emotional distress ("white #fragility") in the face of challenges (#racism, U.S.) Show more

Pinned toot

Link 2 of 2. On faculty diversity, from 2013 commentary: why you can't expect to fix diversity by just "collecting them all". What strategies support and retain underrepresented groups?

chronicle.com/article/Faculty-

Pinned toot

I find the concept of introductions very intimidating. It will probably take me a few days before I post a full one.

Until then, hello there. I will probably post intermittently and/or vent about , , , , and issues in , as well as and pop-culture cross-over and slice of life things.

But I'm really not completely sure at this point. I guess we will find out.

Today's mood: Aluminum foil-ed for the Ides of March.

GIM boosted

For a Black Mathematician, What It’s Like to Be the ‘Only One’

Fewer than 1 percent of doctorates in math are awarded to African-Americans. Edray Goins, who earned one of them, found the upper reaches of the math world a challenging place.

nytimes.com/2019/02/18/us/edra

GIM boosted

“$70 isn’t that much.” is honestly not the response you should be giving when asked how students struggling financially will be able to afford the mandatory digital textbook

GIM boosted
GIM boosted

Elsevier IP address blocking Show more

GIM boosted

sexism in academia, petition link Show more

Buying used books Show more

GIM boosted

Lgbtq in conservative spaces Show more

GIM boosted

"my professor was trying to find an example of [contrastive focus] reduplication so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “what?” and he said “you know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘no i want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding."

GIM boosted

weirdness levels are 61% and rising

(61%) ■■■■■■□□□□

GIM boosted

chemistry, bad smells Show more

GIM boosted

@queeranarchism

Oh! There is a blog that largely specializes in that subject, and it's really good! "Real Social Skills" on Tumblr, and its anonymous author is autistic. It does a great job of explaining how to better than what we've picked up from the harmful messages from patriarchy, sometimes even specifically about unlearning sexist/ableist lessons that tend to be given in special education. It's at: realsocialskills.tumblr.com/fa

GIM boosted

I feel like there might be a largely unfilled niche for articles about how to unlearn sexism/racism/homophobia/transphobia for neuroatypical people who don't understand most unspoken neurotypical things.

With like, really specific social situations described with the exact details that make a sexist microaggression so different from the very similar non-sexist social option in that situation.

& maybe self-help support groups for neuroatypical people learning that stuff.

GIM boosted

There's a lot I can't quantify or properly describe about my huband's experience as an adjunct professor/our experience during that time. But I did put together a snapshot of what the driving/commuting costs looked like compared to the pay...

ruthtillman.com/adjuncting-com

GIM boosted

sexism and sexual harassment in academia Show more

GIM boosted

The "International Year of the Periodic Table" is well under way, and it feels like something new is posted daily. It's great fun!
This "visual history" by Science magazine does a good job of visualising the many shapes the table has taken so far. vis.sciencemag.org/periodic-ta
(The animations didn't work properly in Firefox ESR, but Chromium seems to handle them fine).

GIM boosted

My university recently switched its Learning Management System (or Virtual Learning Environment) and we had a party to celebrate successful launch of the new one and decommissioning of the old.

Complete with an ax in the server for the old one.

Kidding...it’s a cake.

GIM boosted
GIM boosted

do you ever think about how "welp" is just the modern English version of "alas"

Show more
Scholar Social

Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities in academia, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

Read more ...