After many months of consideration, Jonathan and I have finally decided to push forward with making the Black Hole blog entries into a book. The last six years have seen a steady stream of blog entries, reader comments and guest posts that have highlighted many of the major issues challenging the way our system currently educates and trains scientists.
We believe the system is fundamentally flawed and needs to adapt to the changing human resources of our science workforce, the rise in research-intensive affiliate institutes and the need to bring this knowledge (and the people!) out of the university system to benefit society at large.
The book is not meant to be a string of complaints, rather it is meant to be a progressive step toward improving the way in which we educate and train scientists. We won’t have all the answers, but our hope is that by opening the door and flicking on some lights we might expose some dark areas of the research landscape that are poorly understood and in significant disrepair – things occuring in academic science that would shock the typical workforce.
So, this is our first call out to readers to help us paint the most accurate portrait possible. We need your facts, your figures, your stories and your thoughts. The Facebook group will be a permanent dumping ground for such ideas – yours and ours. The new Twitter account, @WastedTalent16, is meant to chart our book-writing journey into 2016. We’ll also use it to seek help on various chapters and possible solutions as we wade through some delicate issues while also keeping our readers posted on progress, and encourage you to do the same.
— Wasted Talent (@WastedTalent16) October 9, 2015
Finally, I’ll close with our articles over the last quarter, including an excellent guest post during postdoc appreciation week by Jiro Inoue of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars:
Guest Blogger – Jiro Inoue
- Looking South: the NIH’s 2016 fiscal outlook
- Building on the accelerator model – addressing operating needs
- Building on the accelerator model – identifying operating needs
- Let’s remove editorial subjectivity from peer review
- A few thoughts about privilege and how we get to where we are
- We need to examine the dark corners of peer review
Dave also had a few entries this quarter over at Signals blog:
- The tiny fingers that touch stem cells
- ISSCR 2015 Stockholm Day 1: RM – learn from nature’s masters…
- ISSCR 2015 Stockholm, Day 2: The air we breathe – stem cells care too.
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