Controversial way rich parents are helping their kids?

Controversial way rich parents are helping their kids? How cute…They think this is just rich kids in NYC? *snorts* It’s everywhere. It’s all walks of life. Don’t kid yourself, it’s not just kids from the Upper East Side with parents who are hedge fund managers that can buy their kids homework. Essay mills are prolific. Ghost writers…

Paid Peer Review

So I keep getting these emails in my inbox: Requests to register for paid peer review… Does anybody else see the slippery slide that this puts us on? There are already enough fundamental problems with peer review. From my own personal experience I’ve seen editors who ignore reviews and publish fundamentally flawed papers because the authors…

Long time, no posts…

Just in time for election ranting! Honestly though, I’ve had a bit of a break from blogging for the last 6 months. While I’ve had a lot to say, much of it wasn’t appropriate for public consumption. Suffice to say work is one giant clusterfuck. Anyway…Now on to my election commentary! Turnbull’s election announcement? This…

When everything just goes wrong…

I know I’ve been quiet. It’s just that it seems to be a case of Murphy’s Law or something. Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Not only has the ongoing saga of sexism and harassment been continuing unabated, now everything else seems to be compounding that issue. I have a project collaborator threatening me, and…

Really?

So, I was happy that Malcolm Turnbull won the party room ballot to kick Tony Abbott out of the PM’s job. Fantastic – it was kind of hard to find anyone worse than Abbott. But now come the disappointments… Turnbull today has named his new cabinet. Unsurprisingly, the ministries of importance to me are education,…

Sexism and harassment in academia

This is why I’ve been offline for a while. I’m genuinely open suggestions here… I’m not writing this to be facetious, I write this in all seriousness. How do senior female academics deal with it? As a woman working in geological research in academia, it’s not uncommon to face the scenario where I’m the only female in the room. It’s…

When it doesn’t “get better”…

These days, I’m sure most people have heard about the “It Gets Better” anti-bullying campaign for LGBT youth. I applaud their efforts wholeheartedly. But at the same time, I wonder just how honest it really is to say “it gets better“, when in some cases it just gets exponentially worse. I’m not referring to bullying relating to…