Showing posts with label sharing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sharing. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Separating the wheat from the chaff

A question from a BANDIT member: "I am holding my first seminar for undergrads and one of the things I want to teach them is how to read a scientific paper and also how to detect BS. I found too many resources on the web...going through them to assess their quality will take a very long while...Would you be so kind as to ask your blog followers to recommend good guides?"

What say you, fellow BANDITS? What resources can you recommend? I think this is an excellent idea for an undergraduate seminar topic so I'm also curious to see your suggestions.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Young, inexperienced, female educators are classroom targets

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a recent study that found the most common targets of student incivility are young, inexperienced, and/or female professors:

"Only about 16 percent of the faculty members surveyed reported not having experienced student incivility at all, but that aggregate figure masked a wide gulf between men and women in terms of the likelihood of their recalling such incidents. When the researchers broke their data down by gender, they found that 24 percent of men, and just 9 percent of women, could not recall incidents of uncivil student behavior, Women were also much more likely to report that the uncivil behavior they experienced was severe, or to say that they had been upset by it."

Considering that the majority of recent PhD's in biological anthropology are female, and that by definition most recent PhD's are inexperienced (the youth part is relative), this has likely been a common experience among our community. Please let us know here at BANDIT if you've encountered this situation and what you've done to handle it.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Journals for biological anthropology papers?

One of the challenges of publishing is deciding where to submit. At lunch today with several other biologically- and medically-minded anthropologists from a range of different departments in the Midwest, we discussed where to send our papers for publication. What audience do we hope to target with which piece of research or theoretical exploration? How will the particular venue in which we seek to publish affect our department's and college's assessment of our scholarly activity (i.e. renewal/promotion/tenureability)? Some colleagues shared that their departments seemed to value publications in the broader anthropology journals more than those in "specialist" journals like AJPA, AJHB, etc. even though the impact factors for some of the bioanthro journals are higher than those for Current Anthropology, for example. These are things that are important for junior faculty to find out, and it will likely vary according to your local climate.

Thought I'd share the list we came up with and add some suggestions of my own, and solicit other suggestions from fellow BANDITs. The list I present is biased toward my interests and those of my lunch dates (primatology, anatomy, developmental biology, reproduction, nutrition) so please help add to it!

Broader (4-fields?) anthropological journals:
American Anthropologist
Current Anthropology
Annual Reviews of Anthropology

"Specialist" journals:
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Yearbook of Physical Anthropology
American Journal of Human Biology
American Journal of Primatology
International Journal of Primatology
Journal of Medical Primatology
Journal of Human Evolution
Evolutionary Anthropology
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Annals of Human Biology
Human Biology
Anatomical Record
Journal of Morphology
Developmental Dynamics
Developmental Biology
Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Current Biology
Human Reproduction
Fertility and Sterility
Biology of Reproduction
Journal of Reproductive Immunology
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Journal of Nutrition
American Journal of Epidemiology
International Journal of Epidemiology
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Hormones and Behavior

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Thin Envelope

Oh, rejection. You are a bitch. Here's a piece in today's Chronicle of Higher Education soliciting people's strategies for coping with job market rejections. I tend to default toward self-recrimination. What did I do wrong? Why didn't they pick me? I used to keep my rejection letters in a folder and then decided that was pretty pathetic. You'd be amazed how therapeutic a shredder is in moments like that. I now keep a folder labeled "Good News Letters" on the tab. It's my little happy corner where I can dwell on the decisions that went in my favor. Let us know here at BANDIT what you do to help ease the sting of rejection, or what I consider FAR MORE DAMAGING, total silence. What is that about?!? God, people, send an email and put me out of my misery.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Self-promotion is not a crime

As you may have gathered, one of the goals of BANDIT is to let others know about the fantastic work we are doing. I will post news stories and article alerts as I find them, but please do not hesitate to let me know about your recent publications or other achievements so I can post them here. This community is a place to celebrate, commiserate, and collaborate.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Well, that was awkward...

Are you involved in some kind of uncomfortable political situation in your department, with your former advisor, or with some new collaborators? Consider sharing your experience with your colleagues in BANDIT. You can send me your story with details/names removed and I will post it to the blog, OR use an anonymous name to comment on this post.