Category Archives: Practice of Science

Charge-out Rates

For all the black magic voodoo of interpreting geophysical data, the practice of geoscience consulting can be a delightfully straightforward. When figuring out a charge-out rate, professional organizations publish annual fee guidelines depending on the responsibilities of the expected task. … Continue reading

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Accretionary Wedge #61: Geo-jobs!

For October’s Accretionary Wedge, I asked what you did in your geoscience job. Martin Bentley works in a small geotechnical engineering company in South Africa, where he does a lot of borehole logging fieldwork, along with report creation and administration. The Gallivanting … Continue reading

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Geo-Job: On how to be a Geophysicist

I’ve written before about how I love field geophysics, and find the job to be a mix of James Bond villain meets MacGyver. The post has spawned some questions, with emails to me from proto-geophysicists asking how to get from … Continue reading

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BoraZ

After the Biology-Online scandal settled down, a new (unrelated) uproar started about revelations that senior editor Bora Zivkovic (BoraZ) has been inappropriate in his interactions with female writers, with heartbreaking fall-out over writers wondering how much of their success or … Continue reading

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Biology-Online & DNLee5

A professional science writer is asked to write for free. She declines, the editor calls her a whore. She writes about it, her home blog network pulls her post. Twitter storm ensues. ETA: Scientific American finally gets to a keyboard … Continue reading

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Summer Science Program 2013

I’m heading to New Mexico to chat with Summer Science Program students, alumni, and stray members of the public for the Open House this weekend. If you’re in Socorro and want to talk about disasters, science fiction, and highly non-linear … Continue reading

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Unpaid Internships

Unpaid internships are hot-button topic. In my province, they’re flat-out illegal, a point made excessively clear to hometown-startup Hootsuite. I do a lot of science mentoring, and I’m getting asked if I’d recommend taking an unpaid internship for the experience. … Continue reading

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#overlyhonestmethods: You aren’t alone.

The #overlyhonestmethods meme on Twitter was haled as amazing science communication, and fretted over as new potential source for public misconception of “Researchers are lazy,” and then, like all memes, it died out. And yet, it still has value. In the archives … Continue reading

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Up Goer Five: writing excercises

The Up-Goer Five meme of explaining science in less than 1,000 words received some belated criticism of being a poor exercise in science communication. Yes, just like not every article should be a one-draft 5-minute stream-of-consciousness quick-write, not every piece should be … Continue reading

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Open Access

Open Access is a hot topic in academia at the moment. On one hand, researchers are personally motivated to publish in journals with the highest impact factor possible, as those are more likely to generate citations and otherwise advance their … Continue reading

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