The I’m-not-biased bias

People outperformed their friends at predicting how anxious they’d look and sound when giving a speech about how they felt about their bodies. But they did no better than their friends (or than strangers who had met them just eight minutes earlier) at forecasting how assertive they’d be in a group discussion. And when they tried to predict their performance on an IQ test and a creativity test, they were less accurate than their friends.

People know themselves best on the traits that are tough to observe and easy to admit. Emotional stability is an internal state, so your friends don’t see it as vividly as you do. With the most evaluative traits, you just can’t be trusted. You probably want to convince everyone—and yourself—that you’re smart and creative.

This is why people consistently overestimate their intelligence, a pattern that seems to be more pronounced among men than women. It’s also why people overestimate their generosity: It’s a desirable trait. And it’s why people fall victim to my new favorite bias: the I’m-not-biased bias, where people tend to believe they have fewer biases than the average American.

Adam Grant writing in the Atlantic

Defeating Procrastination

Procrastination is a side effect of the way we value things. Task completion (is) as a product of motivation, rather than ability. In other words, you can be really good at something, whether it’s cooking a gourmet meal or writing a story, but if you don’t possess the motivation, or sense of importance, to complete the task, it’ll likely be put off.

Getting something done is a delayed reward, so its value in the present is reduced: the further away the deadline is, the less attractive it seems to work on the project right now. 

People who characterize themselves as procrastinators…discount the value of getting something done ahead of time even more than other people. 

Procrastination, in psychological terms, is what happens when the value of doing something else outweighs the value of working now.

This way of thinking suggests a simple trick to defeat procrastination: find a way to boost the subjective value of working now, relative to the value of other things. You could increase the value of the project, decrease the value of the distraction, or some combination of the two.

Elliot Berkman and Jordan Miller-Ziegler writing in The Conversation

Articles of interest - Week of March 12


China’s WeChat Isn’t Just An App—It’s A Cross-Cultural Education  Fast Company

Snap Plans Biggest Round of Layoffs Yet  Cheddar

New study shows a third of millennials are quitting social media  USA Today

Instagram Influencers Are All Starting To Look The Same. Here's Why  HuffPost

YouTube, the Great Radicalizer  The New York Times


The Subtle Nudges That Could Unhook Us From Our Phones  Wired 

How to stop annoying robocalls on your iPhone or Android phone  The Verge


How to shoot the best video on your smartphone  Medium

Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks   Pew Research


Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet  New Yorker

Washington state has passed laws protecting net neutrality   The Verge

30% of all sites now run on WordPress  The Next Web

The web can be weaponised – and we can't count on big tech to stop it  (Tim Berners-Lee)  The Guardian


Passenger drones are a better kind of flying car  Economist

A Startup is Pitching a Mind-Uploading Service that is 100% Fatal  MIT Technology Review


Google’s free machine learning crash course  Open Culture

Top 5 tech buzzwords of 2018  BBN Times

Leaked NSA tool territorial dispute shows agency's list of enemy hackers   Wired

Blockchian has implications for almost every industry—here are 6 industries already using blockchain to drive business value right now  Tech Republic

Subtle changes to images/text/audio can fool AI systems into perceiving things that aren’t there—and this hallucination problem is proving tough to fix  Wired

Things to know about machine learning: a quick guide  Tech Republic 

Leaked NSA spy tool 'EternalBlue' has become a hacker favorite for exploiting windows.. a likely "go-to tool for attackers for years to come"   Wired

Why one Hadoop user switched from open source to go with a company that provides a higher-service version of the software  Information Week

Curious about chaos engineering? Here's a cheat sheet  Tech Republic


Apple's Swift Programming Language Is Now Top Tier  Wired

Tools I wish I had known about when I started coding  Medium


What happens to billboards and radio when cars drive themselves  Axios

WLUP-FM ‘The Loop’ sold to Christian broadcasting company  Chicago Sun-Times

The Disconnect, a magazine you can only read if you’re offline  The Disconnect

China moves Media Under Cabinet-Level Control  Variety

'Make TV more like digital TV': Networks are removing clutter to improve TV viewing  Digiday

Live sports audiences are getting older  Axios


Reuters is taking a big gamble on AI-supported journalism  Wired

How to read less news but be more informed, according to a futurist  Quartz

Where have all the big, wow-inducing digital stories gone?  Poynter  

Death of investigative journalist sparks mass protests in Slovakia   The Guardian

A bad precedent: Removing news stories from online  Union-Tribune 

Press freedom is waning in Myanmar  Economist

Bob Woodward defends objectivity in journalism: “My job is not to take sides”   Vox


New Media Buys the ‘Austin American-Statesman’  Texas Monthly

Sinclair's new media-bashing promos rankle local anchors  CNN

Facebook aiming to launch News for Watch this summer  Axios


The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News  The Atlantic

We need to get better at covering studies about fake news  Poynter

The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News  The Atlantic

When wire services make mistakes, misinformation spreads quickly  Poynter

Why It’s Okay to Call It ‘Fake News’  The Atlantic


The People who can help you see yourself for who you are  Becoming (my blog)

Your coworkers are better at rating some parts of your personality than you are  The Atlantic


Trying to Like ‘Unlike’  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Why Do we Love to Complain about Language  The Guardian

14 Grammar Myths You Should Stop Believing  Business Insider


Wrestling With Auto-Correct  The New York Times

Does Alcohol Recovery Kill Great Writing?  The New York Times


Enrollment in Most Foreign-Language Programs Continues to Fall  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Congratulations, everybody: ‘Dumpster fire’ is now a dictionary entry, and here’s why  The Washington Post

The ‘Haves’ and ‘Haven’ts’ of the Past  Chronicle of Higher Ed


British right-wing media mocks "snowflake students" for thinking that Frankenstein's Monster is a sympathetic character  Gizmodo   

Rebels and Rebellion in Classic Chinese Literature  Global Voices

Publishers rejected her, Christians attacked her: The deep faith of 'A Wrinkle in Time' author Madeleine L'Engle  Washington Post

Is literature next in line for virtual-reality treatment?  Economist 


Being Promoted May Double Women's Odds of Getting Divorced  Fortune

Kansas GOP votes to ‘oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity’

Idaho Must Allow Gender Changes on Birth Certificates, Judge Rules  TIME

The status of women of color in the U.S. news media 2018: full report  Women’s Media Center

Harvard University faculty members voted on Tuesday to include penalties for members of single-gender social groups in the student handbook  The Harvard Crimson 

 Survey Finds Many Transgender Teachers Face Discrimination On The Job  NPR 

Five Women  This American Life

Articles on gender bias are funded less often and published in journals with a lower Impact Factor than articles on comparable instances of social discrimination  Scientometrics

Sweden tries to increase gender equality on the web: Together with Wikimedia  Economist

Recognizing and Avoiding Bias  Scholarly Kitchen

Women in majority-male workplaces report higher rates of gender discrimination  Pew Research


20 Black Women You Need To Know   Refinery

California's public college campuses are so diverse, but their faculty and leaders aren't, a new study says  LA Times

National Geographic acknowledges past racist coverage  Associated Press


More U.S. College Students Say Campus Climate Deters Speech  Gallup

College students support free speech — unless it offends them  Washington Post

People in less democratic countries are more likely to say China and Russia respect personal freedoms  Pew Research


Creator of Pepe the Frog is suing Infowars  LA Times

The Big Push To Reform Music Copyright For The Digital Age  Forbes


Conspiracy Theorists Arrested After Harassing Sutherland Springs Pastor  Snopes

Billy Graham and the emergence of Christian media  NOQ Report

Requirement to tell foster kids the Easter Bunny is real violated Christian couple’s charter rights, judge rules  Toronto Star

Madeleine L’Engle’s Christianity was vital to A Wrinkle in Time  Vox

The article removed from Forbes, “Why White Evangelicalism Is So Cruel”  Political Orphans

Why Generation Z is less Christian than ever -- and why that's good news (opinion)  Fox News

I’m a scholar of the “prosperity gospel.” It took cancer to show me I was in its grip  Vox

Church Of Scientology Launching OTT TV Network  Media Post


The Atlantic: How Evangelicals 'lost their way' (video)  Morning Joe

A dispute over real estate roils Jerusalem: Israeli politicians want to make churches pay taxes on their businesses  Economist

How evangelicals, once culturally confident, became an anxious minority seeking political protection from the least traditionally religious president in living memory  The Atlantic

 Evangelical Leaders Launch Prayer Campaign for Dreamers; Urge Congress to Act as DACA Expires  Christian Post


Is Leonard Cohen the New Secular Saint of Montreal?  The New York Times

Mozart’s Diary Where He Composed His Final Masterpieces Is Now Digitized and Available Online  Open Culture


Yale University's chief investment officer, criticizing student journalists  Yale Daily News

College newspapers forge a future for journalism  Daily Tar Heel

What Research Says About Video Games And Violence In Children  NPR


University will pay $249K to settle a lawsuit that accused campus police officers of interrogating a student for nearly 8 hours after she filed a rape report  US News

Harvard professor retires amid allegations of sexual misconduct  CNN

Sexual assault in marriage needs to be part of the #MeToo conversation  Vox

The Problem With ‘Inappropriate’  Chronicle of Higher Ed


The Nope Button will call your phone when a coworker is hanging out by your desk too long

Fewer employers testing for drugs as marijuana legalization spreads


Major Medical Associations Feud over Diabetes Guidelines  NPR

For all their risks, opioids had no pain-relieving advantage in a yearlong clinical trial  LA Times

You can't 'overload' a child's immune system with vaccines  NY Daily News

Fast genome tests are diagnosing some of the sickest babies in time to save them  Technology Review

For diabetics, a high-fiber diet feeds gut microbes, lowering blood sugar  Stat News

Many Women Come Close To Death In Childbirth  NPR


Health Care So Expensive? Some of the Reasons You’ve Heard Turn Out to Be Myths  New York Times

Probe Into Generic Drug Price Fixing Set To Widen  NPR

The real reason the U.S. spends twice as much on health care as other wealthy countries  Washington Post

Over 500 Canadian doctors protest raises, say they're being paid too much (yes, too much)  MSNBC


How can I help? 23 ways to support someone going through a tough time  Medium

A lack of empathy is shaped by genetics, according to new research  Quartz


Americans unify against foreign threats. Can we unify without one?  Vox


Synesthesia’s mysterious ‘mingling of the senses’ may result from hyperconnected neurons  Science

How to Prime Your Brain to Be Happy  GQ

Life as a Nonviolent Psychopath  The Atlantic

Exercise can be a very effective way to treat depression. So why don’t American doctors prescribe it?  Slate

After a stroke, her decades of severe depression vanished  Washington Post

Psychopaths pay less attention to what other people are thinking  New Scientist

New Brain Research Suggests Stress Is Contagious  Medical Daily Times


Bioethics article retracted for…ethics violation  Retraction Watch 

Bioethics: Key Concepts and Research  Daily Jstor


Gen Z is quitting social media in droves because it makes them unhappy, study says  PR Weekly 

Texas college students, fearing opioid deaths, teach each other to reverse overdoses  Houston Chronicle 

It’s time to cut the cord — with your college student  WTOP

Student-body Prez Election on hold: Candidates posted offensive tweets  Columbia Missourian


The Augmented Researcher: What Does 2018 Hold for AI in Publishing?  RD Mag

Is plagiarism a problem in economics? Survey of editors says … yes  Retraction Watch

False investigators and coercive citation are widespread in academic research The London School of Economics  Political Science

I refuse all review requests with deadlines < 3 weeks. Here’s why, and how Scientist Sees Squirrel

The potential harm to patients when clinicians don’t receive consistent notifications about retracted data  Retraction Watch


Purdue’s controversial deal to buy for-profit Kaplan University gets final OK  Journal & Courier 

Teaching Newsletter: How One University Seeks to Shore Up the Sophomore Year  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Fight at Sac State library may have broken out after a student sneezed, witness says  Sacramento Bee

The University of Arizona Tracked Students’ ID Card Swipes to Predict Who Would Drop Out   Gizmodo

An Economist Argues That Our Education System Is Largely Useless  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Why Enrollment Is Rising at Large Christian Colleges: Many Christian-based schools charge lower tuition compared with other private colleges, experts say  US News & World Report  


Race and Gender Bias in Online Courses: Study finds instructors are much more likely to respond to comments from white male students than from others  Inside Higher Ed

Authors of premier medical textbook didn’t disclose $11 million in industry payments  Stat News

Professors are banning laptops in class: I’d Be an ‘A’ Student if I Could Just Read My Notes  Wall Street Journal

Why Are so Many High School Graduates Bad Writers When they Arrive at College?  Inside Higher Ed 


Golden West College professor on leave after video shows her telling Asian-American couple to 'go back to your home country'  LA Times

Spam invitations to junk journals and concocted conferences are not just annoying; they do actual harm  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Leaving my Ph.D. program turned out to be a smarter decision than applying  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Prominent Columbia University neuroscientist fired for ‘serious behavioral violations’: the university is closing his lab  Science Magazine


The people who can help you see yourself for who you are

Romantic partners and close friends might be more informed, because they’ve observed you more—but they can also have blurrier vision, because they chose you and often share that pesky desire to see you positively. You need people who are motivated to see you accurately. And I’ve come to believe that more often than not, those people are your colleagues. The people you work with closely have a vested interest in making you better (or at least less difficult). The challenge is they’re often reluctant to tell you the stuff you don’t want to hear, but need to hear.

Adam Grant writing in The Atlantic

The best network

Several years ago sociologist Brian Uzzi did a study of why certain Broadway musicals made between 1945 and 1989 were successful and others flopped. The explanation he arrived at had to do with the people behind the productions. For failed productions, one of two extremes was common. The first was a collaboration between creative artists and producers who tended to all know one another. When there were mostly strong ties, the production lacked the fresh, creative insights that come from diverse experience. The other type of failed production was one in which none of the artists had experience working together. When the group was made up of mostly weak ties, teamwork and group cohesion suffered.

In contrast, the social networks of the people behind successful productions had a healthy balance: There were some strong ties, some weak ties. There was some established trust, but also enough new blood in the system to generate new ideas. Think of your network of relationships in the same way: The best professional network is both narrow/deep (allies with whom you collaborate regularly) and wide/ shallow (weak-tie acquaintances who offer fresh information and ideas).

Reid Hoffman, The Start-Up of You

Stress can do a body good

Kelly McGonigal, a psychologist at Stanford University and the author of “The Upside of Stress”, helps people rethink stress by telling them that it is what we feel when something we care about is at stake. She asks them to make two lists: of things that stress them; and of things that matter to them. “People realise that if they eliminated all stress their lives would not have much meaning,” she says. “We need to give up the fantasy that you can have everything you want without stress.”

In 2012 a group of scientists in America looked back at the 1998 National Health Interview Survey, which included questions about how much stress the 30,000 participants had experienced in the previous year, and whether they believed stress harmed their health. Next, they pored over mortality records to find out which respondents had died. They found that those who both reported high stress and believed it was harming their health had a 43% higher risk of premature death. Those who reported high stress but did not believe it was hurting them were less likely to die early than those who reported little stress.

The study shows correlation, not causation. But since much stress is unavoidable, working out how to harness it may be wiser than fruitless attempts to banish it.

Read more in the Economist

Articles of Interest - March 5


Edible Graphene Is Here, And Electronics In Your Food Are Coming  Fast Company

New Orleans is testing predictive policing technology  The Verge

Determining The Average Apple Device Lifespan  Asymco

The Design Tricks That Make Smartphones Addictive—And How to Fight Them  Mental Floss

Has dopamine got us hooked on tech?  The Guardian

Self-driving cars offer huge benefits—but have a dark side  The Economist 

Robotic labs for high-speed genetic research are on the rise:  The design of synthetic lifeforms could become a new industry  Economist

Driverless vehicles will change the world, just as cars did before them Economist

CRISPR ‘gone wild’ has made stocks swoon, but studies show how to limit off-target editing  Stat News

Thousands of people think that the government is using implanted chips and electronic beams to control their minds  Wired


Here Come the Fake Videos, Too  New York Times

Digital-age tools and technology give rise to fake videos  ASU

Twitter to explain on Capitol Hill how hoax against Miami Herald was perpetrated  McClatchy Washington Bureau

Facebook to End News Feed Experiment in 6 Countries That Magnified Fake News  The New York Times

Facebook Doesn't Know How Many People Followed Russians on Instagram Wired 

Reddit says Russian propaganda was shared by ‘thousands’ ahead of the 2016 election  Recode

The language that the Russians used were Clues  Wired 

How To Empower Users To Fight Fake News  Fast Company

Facebook working on approach to classifying satirical news pieces  Washington Post


Equifax finds its big data breach hit an additional 2.4 million people  LA Times

Covert 'Replay Sessions' Have Been Harvesting Passwords by Mistake  Wired

A 1.3Tbs DDoS Hit GitHub, the Largest Yet Recorded Wired

EFF launches redesigned Surveillance Self-Defense site  Electronic Frontier Foundation


Microsoft will let government clients run Azure on their own servers, esp. for on-premise servers (such as in a military operation or in an embassy abroad)  CNBC

SCOTUS will decide whether a US warrant extends to digital—the Microsoft Supreme Court case has big implications for data  Wired

Machine learning self defense: how to not shoot yourself in the foot  Naked Security

Why Artificial Intelligence Needs To Learn How To Follow Its Gut  Wired 

A Data Scientist Was Sick of Seeing Spam on His Facebook so He Built a Fake News Detector: Could AI & computer learning could be the key to helping us separate fact from fiction?  Motherboard

Problematic black boxes: what to do about AIs acting without humans grasping why  Economist  

Can you do data science in a graphical user interface? Hadley Wickham says no  Meetup


P&G demands more out of its digital advertising  Reuters


Face recognition: what use is it to newsrooms?  BBC News Labs

Music journalism: 'It's not dying. Actually, it's changing...'  Musically

A journalism educator wonders: How can I teach students how to maintain their credibility?  Poynter

‘They can’t kill us all’: Slovakian journalists defiant after murder  The Guardian

How Broadcasters Are Making Two-Way Experiences with Interactive Content  PBS Media Shift


Why recent subscribers chose to pay for news  American Press Institute

How Hearst Newspapers changes its paywall to drive reader loyalty  Digiday


The Biggest YouTube Videos of 2018 (So Far)  Thrillist

What You Need To Know About Vero, The Latest Hot Social Network  Refinery29

Evan Spiegel Is Doubling Down on Snapchat’s Biggest Failure  Vanity Fair

Social Media Use 2018: Demographics and Statistics  Pew Research Center

YouTube Doesn't Know Where Its Own Line Is  Wired

More than a third of all US adults use Instagram now  The Verge

Yes the ‘cheerleader effect’ is real – and you can make it work in your favour   The Conversation


Twitter rolls out private bookmark feature for tweets  CNN

Escaping Twitter’s Self-Consciousness Machine  The New Yorker

Twitter is sick. The prognosis is grim  Washington Post 

Twitter Seeks Health Metrics To Help It Improve Its Platform  Wired


Publishers Are Switching Domain Names To Try And Stay Ahead Of Facebook’s Algorithm Changes  BuzzFeed News

How Trump Conquered Facebook—Without Russian Ads: Why Russia’s Facebook ads were less important to Trump’s victory than his own Facebook ads  Wired

Facebook goes after LinkedIn with job postings expansion  CNN

How to Turn Off Facebook's Face Recognition Features  Wired

How to Ditch the News Feed Algorithm and Take Back Facebook  Motherboard

Facebook Under Fire for Bizarre Child Predator Survey Question  TechNewsWorld

Should satire be flagged on Facebook?  Poynter


Adobe is Developing Photoshop for Your Voice  Medium


Rural Communities Take Broadband Into Their Own Hands  NPR

11% of Americans don’t use the internet. Who are they?  Pew Research Center

Google: Only 8% of Chrome users use Flash plugin on a daily basis  Tech Republic


Your Gift to the World  Becoming (my blog)


The Fictional Possessives-With-Gerunds Rule  Chronicle of Higher Ed

In the court of common usage, an old pronoun is losing its case  Economist


The Tough-Love Approach to Writing  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Can the World’s Biggest Dictionary Survive the Internet?  The Guardian

The Language In “Black Panther” Is Totally Real. Here’s How To Speak It  Fast Company


The distressingly unsurprising story of what happens when prominent (usually male) dissertation advisers fail to do their job  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The 5 most popular programming languages among female developers  Tech Republic 


Why Race Should Be Included In The Conversation About Arming Teachers  NPR

Antisemitic incidents in US soar to highest level in two decades  The Guardian

The First Time My White Husband Witnessed Someone Discriminate Against Me for the Color of My Skin  Glamour


Supreme Court Considers Free Speech Vs. Retaliatory Arrests   Associated Press

Georgia Supreme Court Voids Murder Trial Gag Order  RTNDA 


New Front In Data Privacy At The Supreme Court: Can U.S. Seize Emails Stored Abroad  NPR

Playboy Drops Misguided Copyright Case Against Boing Boing  Electronic Frontier Foundation

The ACLU is suing the US over separation of mother, child seeking asylum  Associated Press

Video News Aggregator Loses Fair Use Defense  Technology & Marketing Law Blog


Pennsylvania Church Holds 'Blessing' Ceremony Featuring AR-15 Rifles  NBC San Diego

5 facts about U.S. evangelical Protestants  Pew Research Center 

People Like Billy Graham Are Why I Quit Christianity  Vice

Demand for exorcisms is up threefold in Italy, so Vatican is holding conference  USA Today

The Devil in My Dad: The 'Satanic Panic' of the 1980’s  Elle

Some churches drop ‘Baptist’ from names to gain new members  Columbus Dispatch

Battle over religion in public schools waged in one of America's fastest-growing cities  Religious News Service

How Trump And Race Are Splitting Evangelicals  FiveThirtyEight

Endeavor Content Invests in Newly Launched Faith-Based Production Company  Hollywood Reporter


How Different Income Groups Spend Money  Flowing Data

Photojournalist James Nachtwey captures America's opioid epidemic at the personal level  TIME

Born in the Late 70s or Early 80s? Now There’s Finally a Name for Your Generation  My Modern Met


Chuck Feeney: the billionaire who gave it all away  Irish Times


Photography Competition 2018: The Winners  National Geographic Traveller

Drone photography is just normal photography now  Quartz


The Hamilton Soundtrack Gets the “Weird Al” Yankovic Treatment With a New Polka Medley  Slate 

Mozart’s Diary Where He Composed His Final Masterpieces Is Now Digitized and Available Online  Open Culture


Professor grabs student journalist and deletes photos after classroom was photographed  The Vermont Cynic

Sunshine laws, The Sunflower and the student government at WSU’s attempt to smack the student newspaper around  Dynamics of Writing

Wichita State student newspaper faces funding cut  The Wichita Eagle

Critical administrators. Closed meetings. Proposed funding cuts. What the heck is going on at Wichita State University?  Student Press Law Center


Millennials projected to overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation  Pew Research Center

The Generation Gap in American Politics: Wide and growing divides in views of racial discrimination  People

Defining generations: Where Millennials end and post-Millennials begin  Pew Research Center

Student newspaper publishes hardcore porn and sexual violence photo spread  The College Fix

Pro-Trump College Group Won’t Tell the Feds What the Hell It’s Doing  The Daily Beast

Go Ahead, Millennials, Destroy Us  New York Times

College Sues Former Student Who Won’t Leave Her Dorm Room  Snopes

Exclusive: Congress requires many unpaid interns to sign nondisclosure agreements  Vox

Millennials lost money to scams more often than their grandparents  USA Today 

Helicopter parents don’t stay at home when the kids go to college — they keep hovering  Washington Post


Do Resume Typos Matter? Here’s What Hundreds Of LinkedIn Users Say  Fast Company

Edit tests are out of control, say journalists in search of jobs  Columbia Journalism Review

Stop Confusing Your Job Skills With Your Credentials  Fast Company


Most Companies Have No Idea Where They Are Going  TechNewsWorld

Most employees waste 32 days of productivity per year on bad enterprise apps  Tech Republic


Consent in the Digital Age: Can Apps Solve a Very Human Problem?  New York Times

#UsToo movement targets sexual harassment in science  Chemistry World


Here’s how a national database could help colleges fight sexual assault  The Hill

Stanford joins growing list of institutions that publish reports with aggregate data on sexual-assault and sexual-harassment cases and outcomes  Stanford

Campus advocates for sexual-assault prevention at Stanford University met to demand that it use a quotation chosen by Brock Turner’s victim for a memorial plaque  Stanford Daily

Arizona professor with dropped charges not allowed on campus  Arizona Daily Sun

The student who was harassed online when she created a petition not to rehire the coach  406 MT Sports

Lawsuit: Prominent faculty member accused of rape, repeated assaults, and an attempt to involve her boyfriend in murdering the faculty member’s ex-wife  Democrat & Chronicle 

More Women Come Forward to Report Sexual Harassment by Harvard Professor  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Ex-MSU professor, 'renowned' robotics expert accused of $400K fraud  MLive


Still Thirsty? It's Up To Your Brain, Not Your Body  NPR

Here's How Often You Should Clean Everything In Your House  Mental Floss

20 years ago, research fraud catalyzed the anti-vaccination movement. Let’s not repeat history  Vox

New Study Finds Childhood Obesity Remains On the Rise in America  Fatherly  

People are dying because we misunderstand how addicts think  Vox

Like It Or Not, Personal Health Technology Is Getting Smarter  NPR

Tattoos Can Now Start Monitoring Your Medical Conditions: Harvard and MIT Researchers Innovate at the Intersection of Art & Medicine  Open Culture


Remarkable Photo of a Single Atom Wins Science Photography Contest  My Modern Met

How your sense of smell may affect your politics: An ancient trait creates political leanings  Economist


We need new kinds of antidepressants, in addition to pills  Vox

The most neurotic places in the US, according to 1.5 billion tweets  Quartz

The surprisingly weak scientific case for emotional support animals  Vox


The Productivity Paradox—Why Doing More Doesn't Get More Done  Hello Sign


North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists  Washington Post

The known unknowns of plastic pollution: So far, it seems less bad than other kinds of pollution (about which less fuss is made)  Economist


Barney’s aquatic traits and how pregnant women stay upright: At this annual science conference, even humor has thorough research methods behind it  Arstechnica

Is it time to nationalise academic publishers?  Times Higher Education

How to write a first-class paper  Nature


Amid Fear of Foreign Influence, Colleges’ Confucius Institutes Face Renewed Skepticism  Chronicle of Higher Ed

A former Cornell fraternity house closed over accusations of rape and violations of suspension policies, is being remodeled to provide a space for alternative campus groups  Cornell Sun

There Is No Case for the Humanities  Chronicle of Higher Ed

A Conservative Underground Surfaces at a Christian University as an anonymous newsletter spreads all over campus  Inside Higher Ed

 Students who are openly gay and Christian challenge Ozark Christian College, other religious colleges  Joplin Globe


The forgetting curve explains why humans struggle to memorize  Quartz

 Tech Devices in the classroom (a student editorial)  Georgia State Signal 

The Case for Inclusive Teaching  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Your Gift to the World

If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act of a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.

Steven Pressfield, The Art of War


The real way to build a social network

Picture the consummate networker: a high-energy fast talker who collects as many business cards as he can and attends mixers sporting slicked-back hair. Or the overambitious college kid who frantically e-mails alumni, schmoozes with the board of trustees, and adds anyone he's ever met as an online friend. Such people are drunk on networking Kool-Aid—and are looking at a potentially nasty hangover.

Luckily, building your network doesn't have to be like that. Old-school networkers are transactional. They pursue relationships thinking solely about what other people can do for them. Relationship builders, on the other hand, try to help others first. They don't keep score. And they prioritize high-quality relationships over a large number of connections.

Reid Hoffman, The Start-Up of You