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Fighting for the Humanities on Capitol Hill and Beyond

The humanities are under threat. Much ink has been spilled in recent years in an effort to defend the need for subjects like philosophy, history, and literature in a changing job market where the “hard” skills associated with STEM fields allegedly have greater value....

Dear Santa?

Dear Santa 3rd Reviewer, On the whole, I have been a good student this year. Please accept all my papers this new year! Naughty List Printing out way more papers than I read Finding empty seminar rooms to take an afternoon nap in Thinking some seriously mean things...

Is There No Hope for Student Evaluations?

Studies paint a pretty bleak picture for student evaluations, as I noted in my previous blog post. An instructor’s race and gender have well-documented effects on evaluation scores, and that doesn’t even scratch the surface of the ways that sexuality and gender...

Note to my first-year grad student self

Dear first-year grad student me, I think of you wistfully every now and then, remembering your boundless enthusiasm for genetics and optimism about the world. You naive young thing, you. I’m so glad you don’t know what lies ahead. Ignorance IS bliss, but don’t tell...