All posts by Jenn Pocock

Low-Income Lowdown

Inequality is rife in elite universities-not just in the admission process but also in the support given to low-income students. Anthony Abraham Jack was recently at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to celebrate the release of his new book: a case study of how elite institutions like the one where he teaches, Harvard, fail low-income students. The subject matter is intimately familiar to him. Can he help change it? Read here.

Student Parenting Rights

Researchers found that leaving academe to have a family accounts for the largest “leak” in the STEM pipeline for women, from graduate school to tenure. A common reason is the absence of resources like paid leave, childcare or staff support. Inside Higher Ed follows grad students who started a campaign for parental rights to help temper the difficulties of raising kids while studying. Read it here.

Beware Predatory Journals

In a twist in the ongoing saga about predatory journals, Rick Sanchez (the drunk, swearing dimensional traveling scientist in the adult-oriented cartoon Rick and Morty) has finally made his academic mark.  Farooq Ali Khan—an undergraduate college professor and PhD student in Hyderabad, India, sent out a fake paper written by “Beth Smith” titled Newer Tools to Fight Inter-Galactic Parasites and Their Transmissibility in Zyrgion Simulation detailing a way to use magnets to fight back against intergalactic parasites that live by implanting false memories in their hosts. Vice Motherboard details the prank and which predatory journals fell for it. Read about it here. 

Worst Writing Advice Ever

There’s no doubt that the academic world is tough. It requires rigor and sacrifice of time, sleep, and sometimes relationships. What do you do when you need to fit in yet another project? Conventional advice says: Wake up earlier! Work more! Sacrifice more! This is terrible advice. Commonly given about writing, it applies to other projects as well. Rebecca Schuman at the Chronicle of Higher Education talks about why–and what to do instead. Read it here.