Monthly Archives: February 2015

Links 2/28/15

Links for you. Science: US measles outbreak not linked to illegal immigration, health official says How to Develop New Antibiotics The Tangled Roots of English Nature is not at all serious about double blind peer review More than measles: The … Continue reading

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Have Democratic Voters Changed, Or Just the Available Slate of Candidates?

Elias Isquith describes how the Democratic Party has moved left (boldface mine): Of course, as encouraging as Emanuel’s stumble is to the left wing of the Democratic Party, it’d be the height of folly to declare victory over the “third … Continue reading

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Links 2/27/15

Links for you. Science: Study Finds Strong Genetic Component to Obesity Ancient and modern cities obeyed same mathematical rule How Mice Turned Their Private Paradise Into A Terrifying Dystopia Frontiers lets HIV denial article stand, reclassifies it as “opinion” Don’t … Continue reading

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In 2015, This Still Happens Here

Though it is quite a rarity: At a Feb. 10 hearing of UCLA’s student government, four of nine representatives raised concerns that the Jewish background of Judicial Board candidate Rachel Beyda could present a conflict of interest and make her … Continue reading

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Sample Size and Assessment

Matthew Di Carlo provides a very interesting figure comparing year-to-year school proficiency rates in New York City (i.e., how many students at a given school pass a threshold on an assessment exam): Di Carlo (boldface mine): Classes and schools tend … Continue reading

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Links 2/26/15

Links for you. Science: What the Anti-Vax Movement Doesn’t Tell You About Measles Autopsy of Toronto Star HPV article and the real dark side of Gardasil they missed The Time Everyone “Corrected” the World’s Smartest Woman UCLA Superbugs Reveal Stubborn … Continue reading

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Free-Range Kids and An Anecdote

A while ago, Lance Mannion and I had a bit of an exchange about overly restrictive parents who freak out if a ten year old is walking around by himself. I argued that we’ve become far too restrictive. Anyway, a … Continue reading

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Teacher Evaluation As Practiced

While I’m very skeptical of teacher evaluation methods, since they are incredibly imprecise, it still blows my mind how stupidly implemented they are. Consider D.C.’s IMPACT system (boldface mine): Under DCPS’s teacher evaluation system, called IMPACT, teachers in affluent Ward … Continue reading

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Links 2/25/15

Links for you. Science: HPV Cancers in Men Take Off New Species, the ‘Ruby Seadragon,’ Discovered by Scripps Researchers What 23andMe’s FDA Approval Means For The Future Of Genomics New weapon in war against flu pandemics and pneumonia Ask not … Continue reading

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Low-Cost Bed Bug Removal?

Observed on 12th Street, between N and O, Logan Circle, D.C.:

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