1) One of the most popular posts on this blog was when I wrote about how little we know about ecology career paths after the PhD and suggested a population biology model for studying it. Far from limited to ecology, most post-PhD careers are not understood or tracked. A new survey through Science Careers is now tackling this question with an opt-in survey: Help Solve the Mystery of the Disappearing PhD’s, Science Careers, Beryl Lieff Benderly.
2) In last week’s good reads, I mentioned an article with good data graphics showing the post-doc pile-up and asking readers what to do about it. The results of the poll are in: Wanted: Staff-scientist positions for postdocs, Nature, Kendall Powell.
3) A new study about women in science concluded that female applicants for tenure-track jobs are preferred 2 to 1. Needless to say, it has sparked some controversy. (Read Nature News‘s summary of the study: Leading Scientists Favour Women in Tenure-Track Hiring Test, Nature, Boer Deng). For a thorough criticism of the study, check out: The Myth About Women in Science? Bias in the Study of Gender Inequality in STEM, The Other Sociologist, Zuleyka Zevallos
4) I recently blogged about one of Paige Jarreau’s results in her doctoral study of science blogging practices. Now, her full dissertation is up and ready for reading. In it, she reviews the literature on science blogging and then unpacks her results on why science bloggers blog, how they choose what to write about, who they are, whose blogs are read the most, and who is paid versus not. Check it out: All the Science That Is Fit to Blog: An Analysis of Science Blogging Practices, Dissertation, Paige Brown Jarreau.
4) NSF is requiring research the agency funds be open access, much like NIH: US Agencies Fall in Line on Public Access, Science, Jocelyn Kaiser.
6) New Opportunities at the Interface of Ecology and Statistics, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, David Warton. (Full article paywalled) The new issue of Methods in Ecology and Evolution came out this week, and focuses on statistical methods ecologists should be aware of. Many of the papers focus on novel methods for understanding species distributions, especially to deal with common limitations in ecological data.
7) Cool study and video on hummingbird flight in high winds: Putting Hummingbirds to the Test, Smithsonian, Erin Blakemore.
And in other news:
Just in.. We will be doing a cluster hire of 4 faculty in public science (doing it, studying it, bringing it to schools, etc..) at NCSU.
— Rob R Dunn (@RobRDunn) April 13, 2015