Happy end of semester to MEEEE! 14+ months of pandemic teaching is finally behind me and I get a BREAK finally. (Where Break = time to do research and other things I had to set aside because I have a 3-3 teaching load but you already knew that.) Here are a few good reads that have come across my feed lately:
- This one comes from fellow Skepchick Maria: Stop Telling Women They Have Impostor Syndrome. FTA: “The answer to overcoming imposter syndrome is not to fix individuals but to create an environment that fosters a variety of leadership styles and in which diverse racial, ethnic, and gender identities are seen as just as professional as the current model, which [Tina] Opie[, an associate professor at Babson College,] describes as usually “Eurocentric, masculine, and heteronormative.” A-men.
- The banana is in danger. Can genetically modified foods help? Well… maybe. FTA: “If the priority is short-term yields and band-aids against rogue pathogens, then GM is a step in that direction. But if long-term resilience and environmental health are in our sights, it’s worth reconsidering what efforts will get us there. A real solution will require a combination of strategies.” I first saw this one shared by Skepchick Network contributor Seelix.
- I cam across this one in a bunch of places… The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill. I can TOTALLY see how this could happen in a research setting, and yet… it was still jaw-dropping. Kudos to the grad student who did the amazing work of digging into the literature for this one.
- The CDC’s changing mask guidance seems to have caused yet more confusion and uneasiness. Nevertheless, the CDC is hoping that this will help boost flagging vaccination rates.
- One amazing method that has actually boosted vaccination rates: a lottery. Not a lottery to GET the vaccine. A lottery to win $1 million for getting the vaccine. H/t my colleague who shared that interesting tidbit with me.