Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Worth reading.

Check it out, some cool stuff I found on the internet:

Someone having similar experiences to mine, in a field other than science.

I found that post via Lessons for Girls, all the links of which I am reading now and enjoying immensely.

Also, do our pseudo-quantitative methods of evaluating academic contributions actually relate to anything relevant?

Apparently this is being questioned, with lots of references, even (!) and not just on blogs about science.

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4 Comments:

At 6:03 AM, Blogger Clio Bluestocking said...

Thank you for the link, MsPhD! Also, for the comments on my posts.

As I read through your blog, I'm feeling both "not crazy, it's not just me," and really angry because sexism, discrimination and small minds are endemic in every field. I like to think that science, being science and all, is a little more rational, but that's just a sweet fantasy I have concocted in the hopes that somewhere else is better. Science seems to be pretty butch field in the worst way and far more perverted in public venues that should know better, like museums.

Keep on blogging! I'll keep on reading.

 
At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Successful Researcher: How to Become One said...

The main problem with the citation- and impact-based metrics is that they are very convenient for the bean counters and, moreover, their use creates a certain illusion of objectivity. I wonder, however, whether one could ever develop a truly objective way of comparing, say, the job applicants from different subfields with different citation and author-ordering cultures.

And, by the way, here is one more link on the (mis)use of citation data -- this time in mathemaics. Note that this is an official report from the International Mathematical Union, essentially the top mathematical organization in the world.

 
At 3:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bitterness is now considered a mental health problem:

http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-bitterness25-2009may25,0,4544029.story

we are all bitter... especially when we compare ourselves to those who've had more success than us.

 
At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the 'lessons for girls' posts. Those are so true. women are socialized from early childhood to fit certain very limited stereotypical roles and it is both men as well as other women who demand that girls grow up to follow this code. men have always had more freedom than women in how they choose to live their lives without having judgment rained upon them left and right. I hope more women will take a stand and refuse to conform to the status quo that everyone else wants them to.

 

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