Monthly Archives: July 2011

oxford bibliographies online

A new resource for those wanting a quick introduction to different fields of sociology: Oxford Bibliographies Online. The sociology one, edited by Jeff Manza, is now online. These are basically annotated bibliographies of areas of the field. You could read this as shameless self-promotion, as I did one of the entries! But I think folks […]

tales of irb

A friend of mine e-mailed to tell me about a problem she is currently having with her IRB. She’s involved with a longitudinal survey of a disadvantaged population. They are going to be collecting a new round of data. Her university’s IRB is saying that an Adverse Event form needs to be filed for each […]

+1 credits

Grumpy backwards people may still be claiming that videogames are not art, but they behave like many other art worlds. From an IGN news article on videogames [HT: my G+ stream]: “There’s a tendency among the press to attribute the creation of a game to a single person,” says Warren Spector, creator of Thief and […]

dressing down

Former Harvard president Larry Summers, in reference to the interaction immortalized in The Social Network (via Gawker): [O]ne of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at 3 o clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they are looking […]

speaking of misconduct

In a case in which the other shoe took a very long time to drop, Marc Hauser, the Harvard psychology professor renowned for his work on moral judgment, apparently has resigned after a protracted dispute regarding “scientific misconduct” that included retraction or post-publication-revision of three papers because of data problems. Q: Is any schadenfreude sweeter […]

see no evil, hear no evil, especially if that evil is plagiarism

Time-old professorial question: “Is it worth it to pursue students who cheat?” Here is the conclusion of a business school professor who caught a fifth of his class cheating: hell, no. In addition to being an incredible timesuck, he claims it cost him money: Instead of the usual evaluations that were in the region of […]

the continued anthropomorphization of markets

From Politico: “We’ve said for some time now, as have most, that we need to do on the order of $4 trillion of deficit reduction over the next 10, 12 years. We would like to get that done now,” Lew said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Still, he indicated the financial markets would accept something […]

Stata resource and question

I’ve been googling around trying to solve an annoying problem using Stata graph bar. In the process, I came across this totally awesome page of user-written graph types.I realize this is appealing only to a certain subset of us. What I’m trying to do is to control Stata’s graph bar with three over variables. It […]

problems of polarization

Here is a form of study I have seen in various guises over the years: The authors are interested in the question of whether people in a society are becoming more “polarized” in their attitudes in some kind of global sense. So what do they do? 1. Find data that has a long repeated series […]

in defense of antidepressants

Given my last post, I thought it might be interesting to point to a refutation of Angell’s claims about the effectiveness of antidepressants. It was published this weekend as an oped in the NYTimes. I’ve posted it below as well, since I know many folks don’t have full access to the Times anymore. Kramer’s is […]

interactive tour of the barnes

Back in the day, when I lived in Philly (great city!), I used to spend a lot of time at the Barnes Foundation. For those of you who haven’t been, it has perhaps the greatest collection of impressionist art in the world. And it’s collection is so weirdly displayed that it has a unique charm […]

and here you thought you were being helpful by providing suggestions for additional reading…

From the world of college athletics [story here]: Nebraska self imposed a two-year probationary period as well as a fine because of NCAA violations pertaining to student-athletes who inadvertently received recommended course textbooks in addition to their required books. Recommended textbooks are not permissible under NCAA legislation. [...] Starting last November, NU found that a […]

your daily kafka

The New York Review of Books put up this new translation of a (very) short story, “A Message from the Emperor” by Kafka on its blog Friday. I keep returning to it. A thing of beauty. Following it is a note on the text by the translator. Enjoy: The emperor—it is said—sent to you, the […]

for the shelf space next to your fabio bobblehead

A sociologist is leading a new fad for academic action figures.

bleg: feats of operationalization

I’m writing some stuff related to measurement, and specifically about operationalizing concepts as measures. Anybody have any favorite examples of clever ideas in measurement? A economist colleague here at Northwestern (David Figlio) has a paper in which he was interested in whether African-American kids with first names like Da’Quan or Jacquizz had worse outcomes (possibly […]


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