Welcome to the homepage for Anthropology 105, Principles of Biological Anthropology! Here you'll find all the readings, links and essential materials for the course. This homepage is a relatively simple outline of the course requirements and information from the syllabus, with a schedule of lectures linked to readings and visuals as they become available. Principles of Biological Anthropology
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The Association of American Publishers have launched a response to the OSTP White House Executive Order on public access to publicly funded research. In this they offer to set up a registry or system called CHORUS which they suggest can provide the same levels of access to research funded by Federal Agencies as would the widespread adoption of existing infrastructure like PubMedCentral. The bottom line is that it is necessary to bear in mind that this is the same group that put together the Research Works Act, a group with a long standing, and in some cases personal, antipathy to the success of PMC. There is therefore some grounds for scepticism about the motivations of the proposal. However here I want to dig a bit more into the details of whether the proposal can deliver. Science in the Open
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The Prozac Yogurt Effect: How Hype Can Affect the Future of Science | The Crux The phylogeny of Prozac yogurt. Christina Agapakis is a synthetic biologist and postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA who blogs about about biology, engineering, biological engineering, and biologically inspired engineering at Oscillator. A few weeks ago, I saw a retweet that claimed “biohacking is easier than you think” with a link to a post on a blog accompanying a book called Massively Networked. The post included video of Tuur van Balen’s presentation at the NextNature power show a few months earlier. Van Balen is a designer whose work I’ve followed for a couple years now, and his most recent project imagines how synthetic biology might produce and deliver medicines in the future. He demonstrates—using homemade tools, equipment purchased on eBay, and online resources for finding and synthesizing DNA sequences—how someone could engineer a strain of bacteria to produce Prozac-laced yogurt.
Speaking To My Madness: How I Searched For Myself In Schizophrenia. By Roberta Payne. Kindle and print-on-demand. Reviewed by Thomas Levenson Roberta Payne, a polylingual scholar and translator has just published her first book of prose, Speaking To My Madness. Download The Universe
Download the Universe Right Here: A New Site for Science E-Book Reviews | Wired Science I’m pleased to announce a new site I’m part of. I’m one of an otherwise distinguished handful of reviewer-editors for Download the Universe, a site conceived by Carl Zimmer in an off-hand remark last month during a ScienceOnline session on e-books. We aim to meet a simple but stark and urgent need: While lots of new science books are coming out in e-book-only form, it’s hard to find reviews of those books or a single site or publication where such books are noted. Download the Universe is that new place, and along with Carl Zimmer, my fellow editors (listed below) include some sharp minds and some of our best science writers. We’ll be regularly posting both short and long reviews of new (and existing) science books that are published only in e-book form — usually 2 or 3 a week — as well as occasional comments or essays on trends in science books and e-book publication. Why?
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The Science Journalist Online: Shifting Roles and Emerging Practices | Climate Shift Science journalists in the US and UK face unique pressures adapting to the social and participatory nature of online news, to economic conditions that force them to fill a diversity of roles in the newsroom, and to the many hats they must wear if they are to survive as freelancers. As a consequence, science journalists in writing for online media have shifted away from their traditional role as privileged conveyors of scientific findings to a diversity of roles as curators, conveners, public intellectuals and civic educators, roles that are underwritten by the essential skills of criticism, synthesis and analysis. These online science journalists have a more collaborative relationship with their audiences and sources and are generally adopting a more critical and interpretative stance towards the scientific community, industry, and policy-oriented organizations.
This semester, students from a diversity of majors at American University are participating in an advanced seminar I am teaching on science and environmental communication. For the first part of the semester, we are covering core issues and themes. In the process, students will be blogging on related selected topics while finalizing their research paper topic. Reading List for Course on Science and Environmental Communication | Climate Shift
Any teacher who has assigned group projects to students has at some point had to help those students organize and equitably distribute work. (Or has had to listen to students complaints about other group members not pulling their weight). Here are some tools that you can have students use to manage their responsibilities when working on group projects. Pegby is a good website for organizing the tasks that you and or your team need to get done. Pegby is set up like a corkboard with index cards stuck to it. The corkboard has three columns to place your index cards on. 7 Tools Students Can Use to Manage Group Projects
Blogging in the undergraduate science classroom | Center for Instructional Technology At ScienceOnline2012, Jason Goldman and John Hawks organized a roundtable discussion of “best practices” for incorporating blogs into undergraduate courses. Participants discussed their experiences and gathered suggestions from each other; the benefits of blogging were briefly discussed, but seemed frankly evident to the attendees. For example, if you assign students to write publicly, their parents can read what they’ve written, which is an incentive for quality work. This discussion traded ideas to facilitate student blogging. Here are some of my notes. For some students, blogging is completely foreign – they don’t read blogs or are intimidated and don’t want to speak out.
Safe cycling on Singapore’s roads | Love cycling in Singapore Key concept for safer cycling in Singapore: Remember you are invisible to cars. Find a quiet route, mode share if necessary. Be adept and confident in your bike handling skills. Cycle to your ability. Ride in the middle of the lane at intersections.
Do you enjoy having time to yourself, but always feel a little guilty about it? Then Susan Cain’s “Quiet : The Power of Introverts” is for you. It’s part book, part manifesto. We live in a nation that values its extroverts – the outgoing, the lovers of crowds – but not the quiet types who change the world. She recently answered questions from Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook. The Power of Introverts: A Manifesto for Quiet Brilliance
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Literature Reviews - Summarising Summarising your research Research and literature review can throw up a wealth of information and references from which one could fill a whole essay with quote after quote. It is notoriously difficult, having gathered the best of this wealth of information to filter it in order of what is essential information, what is peripheral and what is largely irrelevant (Fink, 2005). The secret to successful research and review is hitting upon the salient points, the points that were the foundations or will represent the way forward in your area of study, that are going to become the bench marks of the future. You have already chosen the reference points that will form the basis of your essay and have written your piece. But with so many points and so much material how do you summarise your essay without writing it all over again?
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Grooveshark needs no recommendation. It is the best online music service out there. It is your one-stop music hangout where you can search for, stream, and upload music that can be played immediately or added to a playlist. It also comes with a recommendation engine where you can find the popular songs other people are listening. By default, Grooveshark is only accessible via a browser. 9 Useful Tools to Get The Best Experience Out Of GrooveShark
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