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scientific-women:

theolduvaigorge:

A test that fails

  • by Casey Miller and Keivan Stassun

Universities in the United States rely too heavily on the graduate record examinations (GRE) — a standardized test introduced in 1949 that is an admissions requirement for most US graduate schools. This practice is poor at selecting the most capable students and severely restricts the flow of women and minorities into the sciences.

We are not the only ones to reach this conclusion. William Sedlacek, professor emeritus of education at the University of Maryland, College Park, who has written extensively on the issue, notes that studies find only a weak correlation between the test and ultimate success in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields. De-emphasizing the GRE and augmenting admissions procedures with measures of other attributes — such as drive, diligence and the willingness to take scientific risks — would not only make graduate admissions more predictive of the ability to do well but would also increase diversity in STEM.

Test disparities

The GRE, like most standardized tests, reflects certain demographic characteristics of test-takers — such as family socioeconomic status — that are unrelated to their intellectual capacity or academic preparation. The exam’s ‘quantitative score’ — the portion measuring maths acumen, which is most commonly scrutinized in admissions to STEM PhD programmes — correlates closely with gender and ethnicity (see ‘The great divide’). The effect is powerful. According to data from Educational Testing Service (ETS), based in Princeton, New Jersey, the company that administers the GRE, women score 80 points lower on average in the physical sciences than do men, and African Americans score 200 points below white people. In simple terms, the GRE is a better indicator of sex and skin colour than of ability and ultimate success” (read more).

(Source: Nature 303-304, 2014)

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So not surprised, especially as the ACT and SAT have basically the same bias.

Schools also rely far too much on the damn test, to the point where their admissions systems can’t function without it. Back when I was crazy enough to think that maybe I did want to take myself out of the work force to scrape by on minimum wage while doing a PhD for who knows how many years, I tried applying for a few programs. Even the ones who were interested in me said they couldn’t accept an application at all without GRE scores, despite the fact that I’d already been to grad school and graduated with a master’s. The scores I did have were well out of date and thus not acceptable, because this test is basically yet another way to make money off students.

It’s ridiculous that a silly test to measure “graduate readiness” is deemed a better indicator of success in grad school than actually having been to and succeeded at grad school already. :/

freckledtrash:

Disney’s The Jungle Book cast so far: Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Ben Kingsley as the voice of Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of Rakcha, Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Kaa and Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan (x x x x)

YO, THIS IS A REAL THING THAT IS HAPPENING

And not only is the cast amazing, but the film is going to be a mixture of live-action and animation (a-la Mary Poppins). Neel Seth (Mowgli),is going to be the only live-action actor and everyone else’s characters will be animated AND I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED.

(Source: starberry-cupcake)

quintessence-of-dust:

Kacy Catanzaro: the first woman in history to qualify for Mt. Midoriyama.

I just need everyone to watch this video [x]. She’s a 5 foot, 100 lb gymnast and she beasts through this insanely difficult, heavily upper body focused course like it was her morning jog. The camera keeps cutting to these massive, musclebound men in the audience with their mouths hanging open. 

(Source: felicityperhaps)

femscinerd:

how do i get this wall decal for my new apartment

femscinerd:

how do i get this wall decal for my new apartment

(Source: diabolicalillumination)


Because I am a loser, I figured that I would put together 100 of the things that most people skip through to get the good part of tv. Commercials! (more masterposts)
1950’sKool Aid ● First Barbie Ad ● Jell-O and Racism ● Ipana Toothpaste ● Hamm’s Beer ● Tootsie Roll Pops ● Pepsodent Toothpaste ● Swiss Creme Sandwich ● Skippy Peanut Butter ● Ritz Crackers ● I can’t do anything, but thanks to the copy machine that doesn’t matter! ● Doctor’s recommend smoking! ● "let’s make this woman’s face radioactive to test our cream" ● Ajax Cleaner ● Colgate ● Halo Shampoo ● Rapid Shave 
1960’sMoutain Dew Soda ● The Flintstones support Busch Beer ● Cereal sold by a creep clown?? ● Coke keeps you thin! ● Maybe Folgers can teach this woman to make coffee ● The Flintstones reccomend Winston Cigarettes ● Pink Panther Flakes ● Dick Tracy silent ray gun ● Tang ● Cracker Jack ● Swing Wing ● Polaroid Swinger ● Maybe Folgers can teach this woman to make coffee, part two ● Even a woman can drive this! ● Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum ● Twister ● Green Giant ● Mattel “V-rroom!” ● Robot Commando ● "We put human souls in life like dolls" ● Cheerios ● Gillette razor ● Hoover ● Surf washing powder 
1970’sMcDonald’s ● I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing ● Star Trek Communicators ● Say Cheeseburger ● Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow ● Tang, for earthmen ● Astronaut Breakfast ● Big Mac ● Faberge Shampoo ● Shake & Bake vs House-i-tosis ● Folger’s coffee ● Kool-Aid ● Land of the Jawas Playset ● Millenium Falcon Kenner ● Baby Laugh A Lot ● Star Trek: the McDonald’s meal ● Whirlpool Portable Washer ● 22 Explosive Hits ● Dodge Charger 500 
1980’sThe Apple Bra ● Kentucky Fried Chicken ● Nintendo Cereal System ● Pepsi Generation ● Connect Four ● Micro Machines ● Chia Pets ● Wham-O Slip-n-Slide ● Castle Grayskull ● Dino-Riders ● Smooshees ● Do The Arches ● Ayds ● You & Your Johnson ● ET the Video Game ● Zack the Lego Maniac ● The Slim Suit ● Color Computer ● It’s Gonna Be A Great Day 
1990’sThe new mobile phone, from radio shack! ● KFC with MC Hammer ● Nintendo 64 ● The Wunder Boner ● Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pies ● Apple Jacks ● Ecto Cooler ● WHAM-O Bubble Thing ● Skip It ● Gotta have my pops! ● Nerf Arrow Storm ● Liquid Cool ● "Bud" "Weis" "er" ● Batman & Robin ● How to enjoy Disney World, Larry 
2000’sThe Brother/Sister Folgers ad ● Dude Dell ● M&M’s ● Capri-Sun Coolers ● Go-Gurt ● Trix - Fashion Show 

Because I am a loser, I figured that I would put together 100 of the things that most people skip through to get the good part of tv. Commercials! (more masterposts)

1950’s
Kool Aid ● First Barbie Ad ● Jell-O and Racism ● Ipana Toothpaste ● Hamm’s Beer ● Tootsie Roll Pops ● Pepsodent Toothpaste ● Swiss Creme Sandwich ● Skippy Peanut Butter ● Ritz Crackers ● I can’t do anything, but thanks to the copy machine that doesn’t matter! ● Doctor’s recommend smoking! ● "let’s make this woman’s face radioactive to test our cream" ● Ajax Cleaner ● Colgate ● Halo Shampoo ● Rapid Shave 

1960’s
Moutain Dew Soda ● The Flintstones support Busch Beer ● Cereal sold by a creep clown?? ● Coke keeps you thin! ● Maybe Folgers can teach this woman to make coffee ● The Flintstones reccomend Winston Cigarettes ● Pink Panther Flakes ● Dick Tracy silent ray gun ● Tang ● Cracker Jack ● Swing Wing ● Polaroid Swinger ● Maybe Folgers can teach this woman to make coffee, part two ● Even a woman can drive this! ● Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum ● Twister ● Green Giant ● Mattel “V-rroom!” ● Robot Commando ● "We put human souls in life like dolls" ● Cheerios ● Gillette razor ● Hoover ● Surf washing powder 

1970’s
McDonald’s ● I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing ● Star Trek Communicators ● Say Cheeseburger ● Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow ● Tang, for earthmen ● Astronaut Breakfast ● Big Mac ● Faberge Shampoo ● Shake & Bake vs House-i-tosis ● Folger’s coffee ● Kool-Aid ● Land of the Jawas Playset ● Millenium Falcon Kenner ● Baby Laugh A Lot ● Star Trek: the McDonald’s meal ● Whirlpool Portable Washer ● 22 Explosive Hits ● Dodge Charger 500 

1980’s
The Apple Bra ● Kentucky Fried Chicken ● Nintendo Cereal System ● Pepsi Generation ● Connect Four ● Micro Machines ● Chia Pets ● Wham-O Slip-n-Slide ● Castle Grayskull ● Dino-Riders ● Smooshees ● Do The Arches ● Ayds ● You & Your Johnson ● ET the Video Game ● Zack the Lego Maniac ● The Slim Suit ● Color Computer ● It’s Gonna Be A Great Day 

1990’s
The new mobile phone, from radio shack! ● KFC with MC Hammer ● Nintendo 64 ● The Wunder Boner ● Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pies ● Apple Jacks ● Ecto Cooler ● WHAM-O Bubble Thing ● Skip It ● Gotta have my pops! ● Nerf Arrow Storm ● Liquid Cool ● "Bud" "Weis" "er" ● Batman & Robin ● How to enjoy Disney World, Larry 

2000’s
The Brother/Sister Folgers ad ● Dude Dell ● M&M’s ● Capri-Sun Coolers ● Go-Gurt ● Trix - Fashion Show 

mirahxox:

theinvisibles:

Orange is the New Black - Elle Photoshoot

THIS IS AMAZING

phil-irish-artist:

By copyrighting his property as an artwork, he has prevented oil companies from drilling on it.

Peter Von Tiesenhausen has developed artworks all over his property in northern Alberta.  There’s a boat woven from sticks that is gradually being reclaimed by the land; there is a fence that he adds to each year of his life, and there are many “watching” trees, with eyes scored into their bark.

Oil interests pester him continually about drilling on his land.  His repeated rebuffing of their advances lead them to move toward arbitration.  They made it very clear that he only owned the top 6 inches of soil, and they had rights to anything underneath.  He then, off the top of his head, threatened them that he would sue damages if they disturbed his 6 inches, for the entire property is an artwork.  Any disturbance would compromise the work, and he would sue.

Immediately after that meeting, he called a lawyer (who is also an art collector) and asked if his intuitive threat would actually hold legally.  The lawyer visited, saw the scope of the work on the property, and wrote a document protecting the artwork.

The oil companies have kept their distance ever since.

This is but one example of Peter’s ability to negotiate quickly on his feet, and to find solutions that defy expectations.

jaclcfrost:

why try to have a conversation using the tumblr messaging system when you can just write a message, put it in a bottle, and toss it in the fucking ocean where it’s more likely to find its way to the person

davidesky2:

Hoàng Tiến Quyết, via Surface to Structure.

betta-fish-and-loki:

assbutt-wizard-in-the-tardis:

I’m not even in this fandom, but hearing this made me feel so much better about life

I needed this today.

(Source: fandoms-are-my-one-true-love)

salon:

Tennessee could be the Internet’s last hope.

This is SUCH a huge deal. The big internet corporations are lobbying so hard to prevent public utilities from offering this sort of service, because they like competition and the free market only if they don’t actually have to compete with anyone. Luckily, I think public support for EPB is there - they have great service, provide local jobs, and have really helped make a name for Chattanooga as the Gig City. If those high speeds and fair prices were suddenly taken away, I can only imagine the outcry.

I would love it if more cities started following this example. Maybe that would take us closer to making internet a public utility everywhere, as it should be.


But I promise I will find a way back. It’ll just take a couple of days, a week max. I’ll be fine, I’m a scientist. Cecil, a scientist is usually fine.

But I promise I will find a way back. It’ll just take a couple of days, a week max. I’ll be fine, I’m a scientist. Cecil, a scientist is usually fine.

(Source: three-legged-cow)

rubisfirenos:

Dragons -

Tools : Coffee/Pigments

Furaffinity

Society6 

Etsy

catceleste:

hey can someone send me some recs for novel-length fics that are specific to my stringent tastes and are completed with an ending i approve of

ngaio-w:

africant:

 vthebookworm:

ragglefraggles:

when they say youre too old for disney

The hop, I can’t. I cackled.

I have no idea what this is or why but yes, the hop!