Elucidating the spatial dynamic and core constituents of the microbial communities found in association with arthropod hosts is of crucial importance for insects that may vector human or agricultural pathogens. The hematophagous Cimex lectularius...
Principles of evolution and natural selection drive a radical new approach to drugs and prevention strategies
Meghan DuffyI'm thinking of adding something about cancer & evolution to Intro Bio (in a lecture focused on ecological & evolutionary medicine). Curious what folks who know more about this would recommend reading? One thing I'm reading now is this
A lack of evidence for six times more anxiety and depression in US graduate students than in the general population
Meghan DuffyIt's finally online! "A lack of evidence for six times more anxiety and depression in US graduate students than in the general population" nature.com/articles/s4158… #GradStudentMentalHealth #MentalHealth
The collective interests of ecologists change over time. Most obviously, the field is much more focused on global change and statistical methodology than it once was. The temporal dynamics of those…
Meghan DuffyWhich is exactly what you’d expect if the increasing volume of publications, and/or increasing specialization of ecologists, is making it harder for any one paper to break through and claim a substantial fraction of ecologists’ collective attention"
To date, the majority of authors on scientific publications have been men. While much of this gender bias can be explained by historic sexism and discrimination, there is concern that women may still be disadvantaged by the peer review process if...
Meghan DuffyThis is definitely going on my "to read" list!
The journal PLoS Computational Biology recently published an article Ten simple rules towards healthier research labs. Written by a PI it was obviously aimed la
Meghan DuffyI added a link to this new post by @AtheneDonald, who recommends including it. She's thought deeply about these issues and does really important work in this area, so I value her take.
One thing I think blogs can be useful for is providing information that ideally a mentor would provide, but that, for whatever reason, doesn’t always end up being provided. Some examples from our b…
Meghan DuffyI just updated my post on formatting CVs for faculty job applications, to acknowledge that, while I recommended in that post against including family leaves on a CV, others recommend that you should. My post
The robustness of scholarly peer review has been challenged by evidence of disparities in publication outcomes based on author gender and nationality. To address this, we examined the peer review outcomes of 23,876 initial submissions and 7,192 full...
Meghan DuffyWhoa, this preprint! "Women and authors from nations outside of North America and Europe were underrepresented both as gatekeepers (editors and peer reviewers) and authors."
If procrastination isn’t about laziness, then what is it about?
Meghan Duffy"We must realize that, at its core, procrastination is about emotions, not productivity. The solution doesn’t involve downloading a time management app or learning new strategies for self-control. It has to do with managing our emotions in a new way."
Meghan DuffyHeads up for #UMich folks: The Maize & Blue cupboard, an on campus food pantry, now has regular hours! More info here: mbc.studentlife.umich.edu (Faculty: Please share with your students!)
Meghan DuffyHey #UMich folks: a reminder that the Maize & Blue Cupboard now has regular hours. Lots of our students deal with food insecurity (30% based on the MBC FAQ). Share this info with your students!
Researchers at the University of Virginia’s Center for Teaching Excellence noticed that faculty interest in becoming more innovative teachers often faded with time. So they surveyed instructors to find out what was stopping them, and what could
Meghan Duffy"This study has shown that there's this extra piece, not just about encouraging faculty members to try," says Sturtevant. "We need to support them while they're doing the practices."
Two things recently came across my twitter feed that relate to academics moving. First, there’s this piece by Dan Hirschman noting that academics often make multiple long-distance moves (in contras…
Meghan DuffyAlso, maybe this should have occurred to me sooner, but Jeremy's post today suggests something I missed in this recent post: not only has the type of person doing science changed a lot over time, but the number of times one needs to move has also changed
In which I teach myself some history of the field that I perhaps should’ve known already… Everybody knows the market for N. American tenure-track faculty positions in ecology and allied…
Meghan Duffy"Joe Connell is an example. He was first hired as an asst. prof in 1956, the same year he finished his PhD, without any publications (his first paper wasn’t until 1961)" <keels over>