Here is your mid-morning linkage for this Thursday. Three strands this week: one on higher education and social science, another on conservation, and a third on global health. Oh, and CFR’s International Affairs Fellowship is taking applications.
Higher Education and Social Science
You all saw the story by the Harvard prof (now tenured I might add!) who mused on treating her tenure-track position as a 7-year postdoc (and Steve’s commentary). You probably also saw the broadside about shaking up the social sciences (and Dan’s post). Here are some other social science-y and higher ed. stories you might have missed:
- History association calls for 6 year embargo on digital dissertations in mistaken fear digital diss will undermine first time book publication (please don’t read us!)
- San Jose State struggles with low pass rates for its on-line courses, admittedly remedial students taking math
- Are MOOCs (those online courses thingys) a passing fad (Dan Drezner wonders)?
- Careful with those snarky, mean manuscript reviews (that means you Dan!)
MT @paulakahumbu: “80% of Chinese middle class own ivory, 83% intend 2 buy more, 68% know the ivory is from illegal sources” John Heminway
— IFAW EU (@IFAWEU) July 24, 2013
- Former US defence attache arrested in Kenya with ivory in his luggage (a–hole)
- Divers nearly swallowed by humpback whale just trying to get his krill on
- New WHO guidelines for HIV/AIDS suggest that ARV treatment should start early and The New York Times notes that means more money to pay for it
- Worrying polio resurgence in Somalia
- Tom Bollyky flags the new fight over patents and drugs to fight NCDs (non-communicable diseases) like cancer
- Female genital mutilation declining but still around, important story from Ethiopia (read story of Molly Melching’s efforts in Senegal)
- Signs that mosquitoes are adapting to insecticide treated bednets, altering times of the day when they buzz