Weekend reads: Grad student who alleged discrimination dismissed; academics who play dumb; when papers cite predatory works

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3 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Grad student who alleged discrimination dismissed; academics who play dumb; when papers cite predatory works”

  1. NYT has no sense of humor. Conan ought to get the purple heart, I hope the dog does, hardly qualifies as worthy of coverage as ‘image manipulation’

  2. The article in Inside Higher Ed runs the subheadline ‘Clark University dismisses a graduate student who complained about possible gender discrimination and research misconduct, saying she couldn’t find a new adviser within 30 days.’
    Well, she couldn’t. This is not just a claim by the university. Everybody agrees on this, according to the article. Seemingly, the 30 days is a university rule that applies to everybody. She was even granted a three weeks extension on top of the month.
    The gender discrimination accusation seems to be based on a comment to the student about being too ‘defensive’.

  3. A group of psychologists argue that “Preregistration is redundant, at best” (the title of their paper on PsyArXiv)

    “Because the match between theories and statistical models is generally poor in psychological science, scientific conclusions based on statistical inference are often weak.”

    Fascinating that in other branches of science, statistical models reflect scientific theories rather well. Physicists used statistical models in verifying their detection of gravitational waves.

    The field of Psychology really needs some cleaning up.

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