Dire Ed: or the dire state of higher ed
We often blame university managements for imposing ever more unattainable research KPIs on us, year on year. Although it is undeniable that publication standards and the amount of grant money that we are expected to bring in have risen—nay, skyrocketed—over the years, I’m not convinced that nefarious academic administrators are always to blame. If youContinue reading “Who’s Responsible for Rising Research KPIs in Academia? We All Are.”
I am shocked by the growing number of academics, among them many of my friends, perfectly willing to burn books. They don’t even try to hide it anymore because support for censorship these days attracts a chorus of applause from fellow book burners. “THOSE ARE THE WRONG IDEAS,” they scream. “THEY ARE BEYOND DISCUSSION,” theyContinue reading “Academia Has a Free Speech Problem”
Academics with no research funding desperately want to have research funding. Academics with research funding desperately want to have more research funding. The amount of grant money that scientists bring in is slowly overtaking peer reviewed output as the most important research KPI, at least in the world’s top universities. If funding dries up, careers,Continue reading “Perverse Research Incentives and the Wuhan “Lab Leak” Theory”
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