, one of the most influential of 20th century statisticians, passed away on December 14 at age 90. Lindley was a strong advocate for Bayesian statistics before it was widely popular.
What is Bayesian statistics and why was Dennis Lindley important? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike
on Dec 20, 2013 -
As a part of their new open access policy, Yale is releasing their vast digital images collection for free
. Although it will take years to upload everything, the online collection is starting with 250,000 images. A sampling
includes original Mozart manuscripts, maps from the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and John Trumbull's iconic Declaration of Independence. [more inside]
posted by thebestsophist
on May 16, 2011 -
Some Social Scientists Claim Pervasive Bias in the Academe
Discrimination is always high on the agenda at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s conference, where psychologists discuss their research on racial prejudice, homophobia, sexism, stereotype threat and unconscious bias against minorities. But the most talked-about speech at this year’s meeting, which ended Jan. 30, involved a new “outgroup.”
posted by modernnomad
on Feb 9, 2011 -
The Feel Tank.
"We are a feel tank, but this does not mean that we do not think. We are governed by outrage
that the desires and demands for a less bad life
and a better good life continue to go unrecognized."
posted by papakwanz
on Feb 7, 2008 -
MIT students pull prank on conference.
"In a victory for pranksters at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a bunch of computer-generated gibberish masquerading as an academic paper has been accepted at a scientific conference." The paper's title? "Rooter: A Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy."
posted by adrober
on Apr 14, 2005 -
Stand on the shoulders of giants
. Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.
posted by fvw
on Nov 18, 2004 -
The best high school in America?
WaPo's Michael Dirda reviews Edward Humes' School of Dreams: Making the Grade at a Top American High School. Gretchen Whitney High
is an incredible success ("People move to the Cerritos area so that their children can attend this school... And by move I don't mean from Los Angeles: They relocate from India, from Korea") story academically, especially considering its origins
But there's always a price, typically exacted by the parents, who display the same good sense and no-pressure behaviors they've displayed at Little League and Pop Warner games. But no one's killed anybody over Whitney admission, at least that we know of. The story of Cecilia's art portfolio, though, will break your heart.
Humes offers larger lessons, too, about how to improve our schools. I am buying this book today.
posted by mojohand
on Sep 8, 2003 -
The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild
began in 1992 when two students of philosophy found their inner creativity in the midst of a dwindling academic job market. As it turned out, fulfilling gift giving needs proved to be almost as satisfying as probing eternal questions. They offer such items as "Freudian Slippers", "Nietzsche's Will to Power Bars", "Brainy Beanies", and "Dorothy Parker Martini Glasses".
posted by ewagoner
on Aug 11, 2003 -
UW sells out
-- for only $2.3 million. As part of the "Academic Innovation Alliance Initiatives" agreement with Microsoft, the University of Waterloo's Electrical & Computer Engineering department has agreed to teach C# to students. In addition to discussion on uwstudent.org, Slashdot thread
, press releases from MS
and a rebuttal release
from the UW Federation of Students.
posted by paulschreiber
on Aug 14, 2002 -
Univ. of Georgia applicants evaluated on the basis of academics only.
Without regard to race, gender or country of origin. On the other hand, we have the UC system undertaking
a more "comprehensive" system. Predicition: If this continues for 20 years, there will be a huge shift in the academic centers. The UC system will be regarded as a diploma mill, while schools like UGA, which implement tough, academic-based admission policies will be the leading schools of the country.
posted by prodigal
on Nov 30, 2001 -
Cornel West cuts rap album
He's the king of black studies. There is none better. Sucka MCs can call him . . . professor! Sorry. The phenomena of rock stars trying their hand at acting, and vice versa, has never been pleasant. Now, celebrity academicians want- or at least this one from Harvard wants - to diversify? Isn't this talked about in the Book of Revelation somewhere?
posted by raysmj
on Nov 6, 2001 -
University campus communities are a logical place to give and receive support. Blood drives, counseling, vigils are occurring almost universally. Many university departments are sponsoring programs and panel discussions for the public on terrorism: a sort of rough draft of history. (See
, and some with whom I have personal connection:
UCSD (no annoucement online yet)
posted by rschram
on Sep 14, 2001 -
The market-model university:
'...by looking at research on the health impact of tobacco, the "science" behind global warming or breast implants, or the effectiveness of a drug, we can see that it is not unusual for sponsored academics to fudge the data, suppress unfavourable evidence, and otherwise "torture the numbers till they confess"...'
posted by talos
on Mar 15, 2001 -
Net Music School
Found a very cool site in Flash that provides online guitar and piano lessons over the 'net.
They got a free lesson sections too.
posted by eggcreation
on Nov 2, 1999 -