As one whistleblower tells me, a vital public health service is being bungled by private contractors, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot
Rebecca SearRead & rage: "The government is using the pandemic to shift boundaries between public & private provision, restructure public health & pass lucrative contracts to poorly qualified private companies. The inevitable result is a galactic cockup" #SaveOurNHS
Rebecca SearEstimation of older adult mortality from imperfect data: comparative review of methods using Burkina Faso censuses "study highlights issues with using empirical models indexed by child & adult mortality to infer mortality at older ages from imperfect data"
In recent months, we’ve all been bombarded with numbers. It’s vital that we learn how to interpret them, says physicist and author Carlo Rovelli
Rebecca SearStatistical illiteracy isn't a niche problem. During a pandemic, it can be fatal: "Society would gain significant advantages if children were taught the fundamental ideas of probability theory and statistics"
What started out as a response to a single dangerously biased review ended up as a set of common limitations with literature reviews, examples of what went wrong, and concrete advice on how to avoid these pitfalls.
Rebecca SearTrying to improve the rigour of systematic reviews: "What started out as a response to a single biased review ended up as a set of common limitations with literature reviews, examples of what went wrong & advice on how to avoid pitfalls" natureecoevocommunity.nature.com/posts/trying-t… #behindthepaper
Last Updated: 16 September 2020 This article is a investigative report on research culture. The first part of this article explores the following questions: What should research culture look like? What does research culture look like today? How does...
Rebecca SearKindness Should Still Underline Science During the Pandemic: "A side effect of this new reality is an increase of grumpiness in the publishing process...we reiterate the need for editors & reviewers to be as empathic with authors as in prepandemic times"
In the U.S., adopting a Canadian‐style admissions policy, i.e., explicitly selecting immigrants based on educational attainment, would not significantly improve the educational level of the labor force, and the (unlikely) elimination of all...
Rebecca SearSelecting highly educated immigrants may not significantly raise the average education of the U.S. labor force
Sarah Kotecha and colleagues explore key air pollutants and associated deaths in newborns and infants.
Rebecca SearDifferential association of air pollution exposure with neonatal & postneonatal mortality in England & Wales: "all 3 air pollutants are associated with infant deaths but only SO2 associated with neonatal deaths, suggesting SO2 is likely to act via mother"
Rebecca SearMarriage counterfactuals in Japan: Variation by gender, marital status & time- "marital perceptions worsened over time. People who have never been married tend to view marriage more favorably while men view marriage consequences more favorably than women"
Demography is central to biological, behavioral, and cultural evolution. Knowledge of the demography of prehistoric populations of both Homo sapiens and earlier members of the genus Homo is, therefor...
Rebecca SearThe evolution of reversed sex roles & classical polyandry: "We show that the evolution of sex roles in coucals and other animals has many different facets. Whereas phylogenetic constraints are important, confidence in genetic paternity is not"
Teaching behavior online presents both challenges and opportunities. In this comprehensive guide, we offer suggestions for the design and implementation of online behavior courses. For all aspects of...
Rebecca SearTeaching animal behavior online: A primer for the pandemic & beyond - "Much of the manuscript's content should be of general interest & value to instructors from all areas of organismal biology who are attempting to quickly transition to online teaching"
Special Issue: Race reconciled II: Interpreting and communicating biological variation and race in 2021
Rebecca SearBiological anthropology's critical engagement with genomics, evolution, race/racism & ourselves: Opportunities & challenges to making a difference - "Biological Anthropology has much to offer, a history to contend with & a future that matters"
This paper present the content of the Musée de l'Homme exhibition “Us and them: from prejudice to racism” and provides a detailed explanation of how this content has been presented to the public. In ...
Rebecca SearUs & them: From prejudice to racism. An original analysis of race & racism - "This paper presents the content of the Musée de l'Homme exhibition “Us & them: from prejudice to racism” & provides an explanation of how this has been presented to the public"
This article describes trends in parental wealth homogamy among union cohorts formed between 1987 and 2013 in Denmark. Using high-quality register data on the wealth of parents during the year of partnering, we show that the correlation between...
Rebecca SearThe Wealth of Parents: Trends Over Time in Assortative Mating Based on Parental Wealth [Denmark]-"increasing levels of parental wealth homogamy raise concerns that partnering behavior has become more consequential for wealth inequality between couples"