My colleague Vishwesha Guttal has some very good advice for students who write to professors asking for short-term positions: How to write an email/application for a short-term or summer research internship/project?
Lisa Wade at Sociological Images: How many PhDs are professors? [Some data on the academic job market in the US].
William Bowen in CHE: Walk Deliberately, Don't Run, Toward Online Education.
Frances Woolley at Worthwhile Canadian Initiative: Why "Culture" is a Lousy Explanation.
... [Culture] has
noonly trivial predictive value. Will the preference for sons persist over time, or will it gradually fade away? Cultural explanations cannot say: culture simply is what it is.
Another problem with "culture" is that it can explain anything. People in Uttar Pradesh select for sons?" It must be their culture. People in Kerala don't select for sons?" It must be their culture. Since "culture" is compatible with any conceivable set of facts, it is not falsifiable.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Posted by Abi. Posted at 9:11 PM