Tag Archives: Wikipedia

Women and Wikipedia

Perhaps you have seen that Nobel Laureate in chemistry, Donna Strickland did not have a Wikipedia page until just now. She was deemed by the moderator not to be worthy back in March 2018. See the discussion on the Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Is Wikipedia anti-intellectual? Compare athletes to academics and the answer is yes.

Recently some of my students have been writing biographies of scientists for Wikipedia. They wrote one for a research scientist who made a discovery so major she was on the phone with reporters for a week. The discovery was that … Continue reading

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Have you tried the new Wikipedia Visual Editor?

One of the things that keeps some people from making a quick edit to Wikipedia is unfamiliarity with the HTML markup code. It isn’t hard, especially if you do some of their great tutorials, but you can also use their … Continue reading

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What is the copyright of this blog?

I hope I sometimes post something useful to you. You might want to use it for your own group, or send it around. But there are some things you don’t agree with that you want to change. Is this all … Continue reading

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Surprising best gift to my undergraduate students

This is the time of year when I start to wonder if I’ve done a good enough job with my large undergraduate class. Have I really shaped a great learning experience for the 46 students in Biology 472, Behavioral Ecology? … Continue reading

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A rant on letters of recommendation that include passwords and check boxes

This is the time of year we write letters of recommendation. If you have a lot of students, you may be writing a lot of letters. Each student will need several letters. We generally use the same letter for different … Continue reading

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Great writing: the very hardest thing to do

If you write a lot, some paragraphs you write will just grab you. They will come back to you at unusual times. When you read them, your mind will light up and your reading eyes will slow as you savor … Continue reading

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