Should My Lab Have a Twitter?

Right now, just about everything has had to move online, and I’ve found myself thinking a lot about online teaching and alternative research and effective collaboration. But instead of that, I wanted to talk for a moment about something that I still don’t know what to think about: professional social media for academics. The first […]

The Lesson I Hope Higher Ed Learns from COVID-19

It’s late March of 2020, and that means that somewhere around 90% of the news I’ve read in the past week, something like 75% of the conversations I’ve had, and probably 50% of the academic work I’m currently doing are in some way about the COVID-19 pandemic. While day-to-day life is changing drastically and we […]

Open Access in Food Science: Self-Selecting for the Second Choice?

As someone with a background in programming (I finally caved recently and installed Linux on my new computer, one of the older and more established open source alternatives to Windows and macOS), I’ve been aware of open source software for a long time, and I owe a lot to that community. OpenOffice was the word […]

Offending Repetition by a Repeat Offender

Today, I’m going to talk about a research misconduct incident that unfolded at UNC Chapel Hill between 2016 and 2018. The researcher responsible for the misconduct was a postdoctoral researcher I’m going to be referring to in this post as Dr. B, for reasons I’ll get into later, although her name is readily available on […]

Mission Statements of North Carolina’s Higher Ed

I grew up in North Carolina, I got my bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University, and I think there’s a decent chance I’ll ultimately move back to pursue a career as a professor. With this in mind, I’m revisiting some of my thoughts and opinions about the different schools I grew up around that […]