This Week’s Good Reads: Gender Bias Study Follow-Up, Honeybee Debates, and the End of Wolves on Isle Royale

1) Last week, I posted about the controversy unfolding around a study that concluded that gender bias does not appear to exist in STEM tenure-track hiring. It continued this week. I especially recommend @DrMRFrancis’s post (“A Surprisingly Welcome Atmosphere,” Slate) and follow-up post (A Study in How Not to Talk About Sexism in Science, Galileo’s Pendulum), the latter of which links to a lot of others contributing to the discussion.

2) Two new studies in Nature add to the debate over neonicotinoid pesticides.  Bee Studies Stir Up Pesticide Debate, Nature News, Daniel Cressey

3) One of the best explanations of the CRISPR genome editing system and how it came about. And also a level-headed perspective on the implications of the first study to edit human embryos (in the lab): Editing Human Embryos: So This Happened, The Loom, Carl Zimmer

4) We’ve seen it coming for a long time: The epic predator-prey study on Isle Royale may be coming to an end. Wolf Decline Threatens Iconic Island Study, Nature News, Emma Marris

5) It’s not just the public who imagines scientists a certain way. Scientists do it, too: Who Looks Like a Scientist, Ben Lillie, Story Collider [Blog + Podcast]

6) Surprising: Doctors have better success vaccinating children if they tell parents it’s time to for their child’s next vaccine rather than asking them if they want to vaccinate their child. Hesitant Parents Can Be Nudged to Use Measles Vaccine, Scientific American

7) Endearingly geeky ode to the sponge that also makes a strong case for their under-appreciated complexity and the bias of relegating them to the category of “primitive”:  Consider the Sponge, Ed Yong, The New Yorker

8) Forget the Ordinary Honeybee; Look at the Beautiful Bees They’re Crowding Out, Nautilus, Brandon Keim

9) Fascinating debate taking the long-view on community assembly. How does it happen on continents as opposed to islands? New Perspectives on How Ecological Communities Are Assembled, Phys.org, Michigan State University

10) Student Course Evaluations Get an ‘F,’ NPR, Anya Kamenetz

11) A new website checks up on the validity of information in press releases. Meet the (Research) Press Release Police, SciLogs, Kirk Englehardt

12) One of the Best Climate Communication Talks I Have Seen, Weather Underground, Marshall Shepherd

13) Congress Probes Possible Bias Against Women in U.S. Science Funding, Scientific American, Fiona Case

14) Another endearingly geeky ode, this one to the water depth–measuring secchi disk. The Secchi Disk Celebrates 150 Years of Clarity, UW-Madison Center for Limnology, Adam Hinterhuer

15) Where Did The Oil Go, @experrinment 


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