Author Archives: Britt Holbrook

Communities of Integration Workshop – Field Philosophy

I’m very pleased to be attending the upcoming workshop at Arizona State on “Communities of Integration” at the invitation of Erik Fisher of STIR fame. You can get a sneak peak at the developing website, including our contribution on Field … Continue reading

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The impact imperative can be better understood through the opportunities and contraints of feminist scholarship | Impact of Social Sciences

Feminist researchers are motivated to undertake impact activities because of their feminism. We want to change, as well as observe, the world. via The impact imperative can be better understood through the opportunities and contraints of feminist scholarship | Impact … Continue reading

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Holdren Attacks House Bill, Defends NSF’s Grant Selection Process – ScienceInsider

Holdren Attacks House Bill, Defends NSF’s Grant Selection Process – ScienceInsider.

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The Document: an Open Letter From San Jose State U.’s Philosophy Department – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education

This is a must read. The Document: an Open Letter From San Jose State U.’s Philosophy Department – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Developing nations should avoid ‘slow science’ – SciDev.Net

Developing nations should avoid ‘slow science’ – SciDev.Net. Worth reading, even if you disagree.

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Before MOOCs, ‘Colleges of the Air’ – The Conversation – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Fascinating. Before MOOCs, ‘Colleges of the Air’ – The Conversation – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Is ROI the Right Way to Judge a College Education? – Administration – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Well, no, no it isn’t. Here’s why: Is ROI the Right Way to Judge a College Education? – Administration – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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8 steps to making your research punch above its weight | Impact of Social Sciences

Some good ideas here. Interesting to compare with our description of field philosophy. 8 steps to making your research punch above its weight | Impact of Social Sciences.

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An embedded culture of research impact will not emerge unless universities think beyond the REF | Impact of Social Sciences

An embedded culture of research impact will not emerge unless universities think beyond the REF | Impact of Social Sciences.

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Subcommittee Reviews NSF’s FY 2014 Budget Request | Democrats -Committee on Science, Space and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives

Links on NSF Merit Review hearing: Subcommittee Reviews NSF’s FY 2014 Budget Request | Democrats -Committee on Science, Space and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives. http://science.house.gov/press-release/subcommittee-reviews-nsf-budget-explores-ways-improve-grant-approval-process http://science.house.gov/hearing/research-subcommittee-hearing-overview-national-science-foundation-budget-fiscal-year-2014 http://science.edgeboss.net/wmedia/science/sst2013/RS041713.wvx        

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NSF Peer Review Under Scrutiny by House Science Panel – ScienceInsider

John Holdren to Science House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: “I think it’s a dangerous thing for Congress, or anybody else, to be trying to specify in detail what types of fundamental research NSF should be funding.” NSF Peer … Continue reading

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Exchange on Holbrook and Briggle’s “Knowing and Acting”, Briggle, Fuller, Holbrook and Lipinska « Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective

Exchange on Holbrook and Briggle’s “Knowing and Acting”, Briggle, Fuller, Holbrook and Lipinska « Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective.

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Academics don’t let themselves be free – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

@alicebell has something to say to us academics: Fellow academics, if you really want to stand up for your special forms of freedoms you need to recognise the role you already play in the systems that curtail them and reflect … Continue reading

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Knowing and acting: The precautionary and proactionary principles in relation to policy making, J. Britt Holbrook and Adam Briggle « Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective

The Social Epistemology Review and Reply collective is now hosting preprints: Knowing and acting: The precautionary and proactionary principles in relation to policy making, J. Britt Holbrook and Adam Briggle « Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective. Yes! Adam and … Continue reading

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A Radical Anthropologist Finds Himself in Academic ‘Exile’ – Faculty – The Chronicle of Higher Education

This article is worth a read regarding the current state of the academic job market, as well as the current climate within the Academy generally: A Radical Anthropologist Finds Himself in Academic ‘Exile’ – Faculty – The Chronicle of Higher … Continue reading

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The University Is in Real Trouble, Folks

This is news to no one who’s been paying attention, of course. But this morning I read two articles that highlight some of the difficulties universities are facing today. The first was from Al Jazeera, which seems to be on … Continue reading

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Nature Special on The future of publishing: “A new page”.

Nature Special on The future of publishing: “A new page”..

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Thesis Hatement – Slate Magazine

Fair warning from: Rebecca Schuman – Slate Magazine. A guy came up to me in a coffee shop the other day as I was grading papers. He started up a conversation (not like I was busy or anything), asking me … Continue reading

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Special issue published in Synthese!

Special issue published in Synthese!.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about altmetrics? Bulletin April/May 2013

Well, probably not. But it’s a start! Very informative special issue on altmetrics here, guest edited by Heather Piwowar: Bulletin April/May 2013.

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Who Killed the PrePrint, and Could It Make a Return? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

A very interesting piece written on preprints here: Who Killed the PrePrint, and Could It Make a Return? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network. Preprints are essentially working papers that are ‘published’ in order to solicit feedback prior to … Continue reading

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The Meme Hustler | Evgeny Morozov | The Baffler

Memes are for losers; the real money is in epistemes. via The Meme Hustler | Evgeny Morozov | The Baffler.

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Professorial pay rises twice as fast as rest | News | Times Higher Education

Professorial pay rises twice as fast as rest | News | Times Higher Education. This is an interesting piece on what at first glance may seem possible unintended consequences of the REF (the UK’s Research Excellence Framework, which is used … Continue reading

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Open Access: Getting Things Right | Ernesto Priego

Open Access: Getting Things Right | Ernesto Priego.

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The price of innovation – thoughts from Beyond the PDF | Impact of Social Sciences

The price of innovation – thoughts from Beyond the PDF | Impact of Social Sciences.

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