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  • June 30, 2011
  • 10:53 PM
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Eurekometrics: Analyzing the Nature of Discovery

by Samuel Arbesman in arbesman.net

I co-authored a perspective piece in the June issue of PLoS Computational Biology about a new subfield of scientometrics that Nicholas Christakis and I are calling eurekometrics: Until recently, the quantitative study of science has focused on studying patterns in publications, such as citation counts to discern impact, and in coauthorship networks to discern collaboration. [...]... Read more »

Arbesman, S., & Christakis, N. (2011) Eurekometrics: Analyzing the Nature of Discovery. PLoS Computational Biology, 7(6). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002072  

  • June 30, 2011
  • 05:11 PM
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Twisted Saga of “World’s Oldest Ritual”

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

In 2006, University of Oslo archaeologist Sheila Coulson gave an open lecture about her work at a small cave in the Tsodilo Hills of northern Botswana. Although her lecture focused on Middle Stone Age tools recovered from the cave and an unusual rock formation that looked to her like a snake or python, she also [...]... Read more »

Robbins, Lawrence, Campbell, Alec, Brook, George, & Murphy, Michael. (2007) World’s Oldest Ritual Site? The “Python Cave” at Tsodilo Hills World Heritage Site, Botswana. Nyame Akuma, 67(June), 2-6. info:/

  • June 28, 2011
  • 03:31 PM
  • 1,481 views

Impact Factor Boxing 2011

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

[This post is part of an ongoing series about impact factors] Well it’s that time again. The annual sweaty fist-fight for supremacy between the scientific journals, as measured by impact factors, is upon us. Much ink (virtual and actual) has been spilt on the subject of impact factors, which we won’t add to here, other [...]... Read more »

  • June 27, 2011
  • 06:40 PM
  • 1,219 views

More about t-citings

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

Several months ago I blogged about Priem & Costello's t-citings paper "How and why scholars cite on Twitter". Now Weller, Dröge & Puschmann have done further research about the subject, by analyzing tweets from two major scientific conferences.They collected tweets from the World Wide Web conference 2010 (WWW2010, #www2010) and the Modern Language Association Conference 2009 (MLA09, #mla09), starting two weeks before each conference and ending two weeks after.WWW2010 Vs. MLA09The author........ Read more »

Weller, K., Dröge, E., & Puschmann, C. (2011) citation analysis on twitter. MSM2011 - 1st Workshop on making sense of Microposts, 1-12. info:/

  • June 27, 2011
  • 05:33 PM
  • 1,299 views

Lemaître: Lost in Translation

by sarah in One Small Step

The name of Edwin Hubble is ubiquitous in modern astronomy. Telescopes, constants, laws, galaxy classification schemes are named after the famed astronomer, considered to be the godfather of modern astronomy. If he were alive today, he would have appeared on The Simpsons, Southpark and Saturday Night Live. But a number of recent papers posted to [...]... Read more »

Hubble E. (1929) A RELATION BETWEEN DISTANCE AND RADIAL VELOCITY AMONG EXTRA-GALACTIC NEBULAE. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 15(3), 168-73. PMID: 16577160  

Georges Lemaître. (1931) Expansion of the universe, A homogeneous universe of constant mass and increasing radius accounting for the radial velocity of extra-galactic nebulae. MNRAS, 483-490. info:/

Sidney van den Bergh. (2011) The Curious Case of Lemaitre's Equation No. 24. arxiv. arXiv: 1106.1195v1

David L. Block. (2011) A Hubble Eclipse: Lemaitre and Censorship. arxiv. arXiv: 1106.3928v1

  • June 27, 2011
  • 06:00 AM
  • 1,441 views

Article review: Carnegie's vision for medical education

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

In 2010, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching published recommendations for the future reform of medical education. This same Carnegie Foundation had also commissioned and published the landmark 1910 Flexner report on medical education, exactly 100 hears prior.Here is a summary of the four major recommendations:1. Standardization and individualizationCompetency-based education is the future. Students enter medical school with a diverse background of knowledge and experien........ Read more »

  • June 26, 2011
  • 09:56 AM
  • 1,368 views

Choosing a Graduate Program and Advisor

by bug_girl in Bug Girl's Blog

While data are incomplete, estimates put the number of people who enter graduate school, but don’t complete a degree, around 44%. Let’s ponder that for a moment. Nearly half of students admitted to PhD programs, some of the smartest and most motivated folks on the planet, will leave their program without a PhD. Not a lot [...]... Read more »

  • June 24, 2011
  • 11:46 AM
  • 1,726 views

Subgenus Megapomys: Biogeography and the authors’ concluding remarks

by nath in Imprints of Philippine Science

Where are the Megapomys?... Read more »

  • June 24, 2011
  • 11:15 AM
  • 554 views

Subgenus Megapomys: Biogeography and the authors’ concluding remarks

by nath in Imprints of Philippine Science

The genus Apomys (Philippine forest mice) is proposed to be divided into two subgenera: Apomys and Megapomys based on the findings of the Heaney expedition [1]. Megapomys includes A. abrae, A. datae, A. gracilirostris, A.sacobianus, A. aurorae, A. banahao, A. brownorum, A. magnus, A minganensis, A. sierrae, and A. zambalensis. See previous post. The discovery isn’t serendipitous.  The authors used predictive biogeographic models that are [...]... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 04:44 PM
  • 1,500 views

More magic numbers

by nuclear.kelly in Miss Atomic Bomb

I was alerted to some interesting work by a recent report in the IoP's Physics World magazine. Researchers have finally worked out that there is, in fact, a correlation between group size and quality of research.The paper (available on arxiv and published in Scientometrics, which is apparently the research of... research) took information from a survey of UK universities (and a few French) and determined the "quality vs quantity" of the research output (the "quality" metric is described in more ........ Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:29 PM
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Research Practices on the Web in the Field of Technology Enhanced Learning

by Peter Kraker in Science and the Web

Last week, I attended Websci’11, the 3rd International Conference on Web Science. It was a great experience to engage with such a diverse crowd; there were people from computer science, information science, social science, psychology, philosophy (and some others that I probably missed here) representing many different aspects from this multi-disciplinary field. I am still …Read More... Read more »

Kraker, P., & Lindstaedt, S. (2011) Research Practices on the Web in the Field of Technology Enhanced Learning. Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11. info:/

  • June 20, 2011
  • 05:55 PM
  • 1,660 views

Peer Reviewed Monday – Scaffolding Evaluation Skills

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

So this week we’re also behind a paywall, I think.  Someday I will have time to actually go looking for Peer Reviewed Monday articles that meet a set of standards, but right now we’re still in the “something I read in real life this week” phase. And this one was interesting – so far, when [...]... Read more »

Nicolaidou, I., Kyza, E., Terzian, F., Hadjichambis, A., & Kafouris, D. (2011) A framework for scaffolding students' assessment of the credibility of evidence. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. DOI: 10.1002/tea.20420  

  • June 20, 2011
  • 06:00 AM
  • 1,237 views

Article review: Professionalism in the ED through the eyes of medical students

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

Teaching professionalism in a formal curriculum is so much different than demonstrating professionalism in the Emergency Department. So much of what students and residents learn about professionalism are from observed behaviors of the attending physicians -- that is, the hidden curriculum.In a qualitative study assessing medical student reflection essays during an EM clerkship, the authors (my friends Dr. Sally Santen and Dr. Robin Hemphill) found some startling results. The instructions to........ Read more »

  • June 19, 2011
  • 07:14 PM
  • 505 views

How to get a village named after your company? – A curious case of ‘Snapdeal.com’ Nagar

by Kandarp Mehta in Creatologue - Exploring Creativity

It was in news yesterday that a village in India named Shivnagar, changed it’s name to ‘Snapdeal.com’-Nagar. When I read the headline, my reaction was, ‘What? How much would they have paid to sponsor the entire village? For how long?’ … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 19, 2011
  • 08:08 AM
  • 1,436 views

Sunday at the Lab with Uri Alon

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

Ah Sunday, a day of rest, recuperation and roasted food… Unless you’re a scientist, that is. This one goes out to all the committed high-calibre, driven individual scientists [1] who are spending this Sunday working at the bench. This amusing little ditty is written by systems biologists  Michael Elowitz and Uri Alon (lyrics below), and performed here by Uri [...]... Read more »

  • June 19, 2011
  • 01:42 AM
  • 1,208 views

Imaging Sciences Pathway Retreat - A Conference Covered

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Coverage of a recent conference on Medical Imaging in St. Louis. Not only are we increasingly being able to image the intricate inner workings of the human body, but we are beginning also to use medical imaging as a tool to monitor disease treatment and even to design and implement new drugs in the treatment of diseases such as cancer. ... Read more »

Tsien RY. (2003) Imagining imaging's future. Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology. PMID: 14587522  

  • June 17, 2011
  • 05:03 PM
  • 1,028 views

Where does your empathy come from?

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

Do you ever get to the point where you feel as though you and your partner have absolutely nothing in common? Read further to find out the one common thread that lies in almost all of us. ... Read more »

Ramachandran, V. S. . (2001) Synaesthesia - a window into perception, thought and language. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 3-34. info:/

  • June 15, 2011
  • 03:31 AM
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The blind men and the elephant – open science version

by Daniel Mietchen in Research Cycle Research

But what if these elephant researchers would have kept open notebooks, uploaded their data to public repositories, and all that with version control and comprehensive tagging? Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 13, 2011
  • 10:51 PM
  • 854 views

Article review: Inconvenient truths about effective teaching

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

At the CDEM meeting during the SAEM national meeting this past week, the keynote speaker (Dr. Charles Hatem from Harvard) mentioned a great editorial article called "Inconvenient Truths About Effective Clinical Teaching."Here's a summary of the opinion article from Lancet:Clinician-educators are increasingly pressured to do more with less time and support (i.e. release from clinical responsibilities). Learners are the victims of this calculated move.The author talks about 8 habits to emulate as ........ Read more »

  • June 13, 2011
  • 10:51 PM
  • 735 views

Article review: Inconvenient truths about effective teaching

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

At the CDEM meeting during the SAEM national meeting this past week, the keynote speaker (Dr. Charles Hatem from Harvard) mentioned a great editorial article called "Inconvenient Truths About Effective Clinical Teaching."Here's a summary of the opinion article from Lancet:Clinician-educators are increasingly pressured to do more with less time and support (i.e. release from clinical responsibilities). Learners are the victims of this calculated move.The author talks about 8 habits to emulate as ........ Read more »

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