Somewhere else, part 61

Long time no see, buzy week. Very interesting (research) article discovered last week

and as always, several writings worth reading

Even if the awards do inspire young people, Stilgoe argues that they send out the wrong message. “The prizes reinforce the mythology of science in which lone geniuses come up with brilliant ideas on their own,” he says.

And some say that the prize money would be better used to drive research directly. In 2011, for example, Venter joined forces with the X Prize Foundation and health-care firm Medco Health Solutions, based in Northampton, UK, to offer a US$10-million prize to the first team to sequence accurately the genomes of 100 centenarians. “I’m always more excited by awards that push or drive innovation, rather than ones that just recognize past achievements,” Venter says.

Many researchers favour the idea of targeting awards at promising scientists early in their careers. “A small award at this stage is a fantastic idea,” says Cooper. At this point, scientists are in a vulnerable position, struggling to win grants and often supporting young families. “It will just free scientists up to do more research — it’s about getting the biggest bang for your buck,” Cooper says.

et plusieurs articles et posts en français,

Premier phénomène, la nullité médiatique française en la matière. Il faut bien le dire, à peu près aucun journal digne de ce nom n’a été capable de fournir un aperçu simple et synthétique des gender studies (disons au moins de Butler). A minima, il aurait fallu un feu nourri de critique pour expliquer que « la théorie du genre » n’existe pas et qu’il faut arrêter d’utiliser cette expression. Mais non, on a laissé les éditorialistes tremper leur plume et se répandre sur le sujet, pour prendre position sur « la théorie du genre ». La France, ce pays où la chasse au Dahu est un sport national.

Second phénomène, l’inefficacité universitaire, c’est à dire le manque d’effet de l’université sur la Cité. L’effort de vulgarisation est globalement très faible, le champs des études du genre est beaucoup trop ésotérique, et le temps passé à défendre sa légitimité a globalement été mal employé.

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