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,…

I can’t pretend that didn’t just happen…

So I had to sit through a research meeting this morning. One of the postdocs in our research group was presenting the results of some new lab analysis that they had done. It was boring, but you’re never going to be interested in everything that happens in your research group. I had kind of started to tune out, when…

The Pyne Nut

Australia’s illustrious Education Minister strikes again! Today he’s decided that maths and science should be compulsory for all grade 11 and 12 students. It seems like a good idea in theory, doesn’t it? Improving the numerical literacy of the country. But let’s come crashing back to reality for a moment… Schools are already having to…

Females in Geology

So, I was at an industry function last night for work. It was part of a seminar series organised by one of the professional societies in my field. Predictably, I was the only female there (aside from the seminar presenter’s wife, who has nothing to do with our field). Being a professional event, they had…