Our summer posts had a theme it seems – something we didn’t plan, but which has resulted in a small series of posts on misplaced priorities in academic research. From my post on academic bullying to Jonathan’s on the difficulties resulting from indirect costs levied by universities to our guest blogger Damien on hiring strategies in laboratories. The comments were plentiful and gave us a good indication that these problems (and proposed solutions) need to feature more frequently on the blog.
One of the comments (thanks David!) directed me to something I’d not heard of before: The Polymath Project, where problems in mathematics were crowd-sourced by Tim Gowers. This is a wonderful example of collective problem-solving ability. I wonder if it would have legs in the life sciences… But, as I mentioned in one of my posts this summer, life sciences seems to be focused on individual success/reward structures.
Jonathan and I will of course write much more about these topics in the future. But for now, let’s recap the summer’s posts:
- The math of academic research grant support doesn’t add up
- The honour society: value in social exclusion
- How to build Canada’s science and technology infrastructure
- Scientists should strive to win the world cup, not the golden boot
- Is the academy worse than the fashion industry for “following the leader”?