Driving Force

For the decades before and after the turn of the century, I served as adjunct faculty in public policy for Cornell University’s Washington Program during which third-year undergraduates got a taste of policy as interns on Capitol Hill or in the

Look up the word “dilettante” and you are apt to find definitions such as “an amateur, often one who pretends to be very knowledgeable.”  Synonyms include nonprofessional, nonspecialist, and layperson.  These would appear in contrast to “disciplinarian,” which refers (not in the punitive sense) t

Among the core principles of peer review—in journal articles and grant competitions—is "

What’s the difference between “structural change” and “short-term adjustment”? Apparently, it’s the result of institutionalizing a policy that had been left to individual discretion.

Failure is part of our makeup. It is functional in building character, illuminating risk-taking, and suggesting just how one bounces back to create success. If failure is fundamental in science, then why not make it more visible and rewarding?

Highly charged political race for the White House, offers teachable moment for STEM students on campuses.
New opportunities to collaborate remotely, via web, are on the rise, but can it replace traditional conference-going and face-to-face interactions that nurture relationships and burnish reputations?
In an age of social media, what is considered self-promotional today, as opposed to acceptable practices that advance one's career? When does "tolerance" become the indulgence of narcissism? Has self-promotion become the norm?
AAAS MemberCentral Blogger Daryl Chubin reflects back on his career transitions and offers some lessons learned along the way.
A recent Scientific American article on the culture of unconscious bias, has this blogger wondering about the future of the STEM professoriate.