— Anyone who has been paying attention knows that adjuncts get a raw deal. But this adjunct really got a raw deal. (To be fair, her former institution may have been distracted by more pressing matters.)
— In (much) lighter news (which you will need after you read about the adjunct), I give you The Hotness-IQ Tradeoff in Academia. The philosophers, apparently, are to be congratulated. Alas, legal academia is not represented, although perhaps that’s for the best; I fear that the law types may have ended up below the line with their med school counterparts (a placement that suggests that such faculty are even dumber than their physical appearance would have predicted).
— I’ve always thought that the 1L curriculum could do with some informal logic. And with An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, it really couldn’t be easier. Come to think of it, I’ve found myself on the business end of the Guilt By Association fallacy (illustrated right) more than once while workshopping a paper. So maybe we could all use a refresher course.
— UNC and Harvard have apparently both seen the light and (consistent with a pending proposal by federal regulators) largely taken away from IRBs responsibility for assessing information privacy risks and given that responsibility to actual IT experts. What’s that adage about a thousand lawyers chained together at the bottom of the ocean?
— Maybe this is only an issue for those of us who work in or near the sciences, but you know those emails you get inviting you, on behalf of your Extraordinary Contribution to a field (often, one in which you have contributed precisely nothing) to be the Most Honored Speaker at some random conference? You guys know that those conferences are fake, right? Well, this guy didn’t get the memo, and boy is he (rightly) pissed.— Think bickering among legal academics sometimes gets heated? Hey, in the sciences, it’s not a party until one academic calls another a “bitch” (and “crook” and “con artist”) while critiquing her work. (The author has since edited his blog post to replace “bitch” with “ma’am.” Apparently “Dr.” and “Prof.” were already taken.)