Scientist (psychologist, with an affinity to technology), with a background in mobile media, critical thinking, and reflection.

Interested in writing, creating books, photography, work methods, and much more.

May
13
comment My professor gave me a bad grade and wouldn't discuss it further, I think some prejudice may be involved. How should a student proceed?
@awsoci I see no reason to excuse bad behavior with sex/gender, and expect more from profs, male or female. OP did not threaten her and she didn't even want to discuss with other students nearby. Looks like personal problem. You seem to think that all feelings of threat are equally valid and that errors in judgment never happen. There are differences and humans can err, which harms innocent and damages academia. Putting this case in one category with people who actually receive threats lacks differentiation and isn't helpful -- not for her and not for her students.
May
9
comment My professor gave me a bad grade and wouldn't discuss it further, I think some prejudice may be involved. How should a student proceed?
@awsoci What exactly does "never said she didn't have a right to her duties" mean? You don't have a right to duties, these are your duties. I totally agree with the rest of your comment, and it's something I have suggested as well. But confusing one's emotions with evidence of a threat ... that has no place in a professional setting. And what was the OPs "threat"? Being male and having a strong body? Pitiful how the prof reacted (even a public setting didn't work) -- her personal insecurities shouldn't invade a professional setting.
May
9
comment My professor gave me a bad grade and wouldn't discuss it further, I think some prejudice may be involved. How should a student proceed?
@awsoci Ah please, don't come with "narrative of the situation". Just because a person does not feel safe (and I don't deny that she feels this way) does not mean that this a) is founded in reality, and b) that this person has the right to discard her/his duties. Feelings do not evidence make -- and it's a confession of failure if this professor is going by her feelings. Even if scared the professional thing would be to have another person in the office. But this behavior is extremely unprofessional.
Apr
1
awarded Tumbleweed
Mar
31
answered Academic writing software
Mar
26
accepted Are there formal or informal hiring bans in some academic settings based on gender and/or nationality?
Mar
25
awarded Autobiographer
Mar
25
asked Are there still working photo widgets?
Mar
23
awarded Peer Pressure
Mar
22
awarded Nice Answer
Mar
22
answered What is a social strategy I can use to respond to "How's your PhD going?"
Mar
20
comment Do we need a 'women' tag?
Agree with it (usually) being a gender issue. After all, discrimination -- as a different treatment -- requires a comparison standard. And here I would question whether the other group really has it that well. These issues are usually quite complex and frequently there's a lot of over-generalization. Discrimination also goes both ways, and yes, there are profs who are sexist against men. Separating both women's and men's issues, while usually dealing with the same underlying problems, would fragment the issue and cause diversion and strife. These are human (gender) issues.
Mar
20
awarded Supporter
Mar
20
comment If I buy a research article, will I get any potential retraction statement or erratum free of charge?
It's also something that deserves some feedback to the journals who do not allow free access to retractions. For example, write the journal/editors when you cannot access a retraction. I think this is one of the issues that needs more exposure and public comment.
Mar
19
comment Are there formal or informal hiring bans in some academic settings based on gender and/or nationality?
I get the issue of Iranian students and nuclear engineering, although -- really -- it shouldn't be a problem to just hire an accomplished but 'morally flexible' graduate. But in this case it seems as if some female professors just agreed on not hiring male Indian students. And that is outright discrimination on both race and sex/gender. Either we're for a fair and just world, or we're not. And Academia should lead by example.
Mar
19
awarded Nice Question
Mar
18
comment Are there formal or informal hiring bans in some academic settings based on gender and/or nationality?
I think it's more than gossip, but I'm skeptical about what was made public. That's why I wrote "apparently", "more complex", and "which may or may not be what the professor has written". The professor claims the mails were 'taken out of context', but the original mails have not been made public, nor was there an explanation for the quoted paragraph. If she has really written it, there seems to be a 'gentlewomen's agreement' about hiring practices. Which is ... disconcerting, as is the lack of transparency and follow up. But I'm more interested in the general issue.
Mar
18
asked Are there formal or informal hiring bans in some academic settings based on gender and/or nationality?
Mar
12
answered Good book on English for academic writing and speaking for non-native speakers
Mar
10
comment Equal author contribution
@Jon Custer Perhaps not a number as in authorder.com/newpage but to determine who contributed more and who less -- that's possible. Of course, a better policy is to decide beforehand who is first, second, third, etc. author.
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