Michael White in Pacific Standard here. I guess I would simply add that the fortunes of life scientists are not globally correlated. If things continue to deteriorate here, then Singapore, Seoul and even Beijing begin to look potentially pretty attractive for the young, bright and ambitious.
Assault with porridge, story in the Straights Times, here.
Forbes story here. I’m not qualified to agree or disagree, but it’s the follows a slew of stories related to structural changes in the island state.
I agree with her choices, review in the Telegraph here. I’d only correct her weather forecast a bit, it’s in the 90’s a whole lot. And while the air pollution isn’t like Beijing, it can be bad. But she’s spot on about the Raffles and the Botanical Gardens.
Here’s Mason’s provost, Peter Stearns, on the matter. My own sense is that he’s spot on. Even in the comparatively secure hard sciences, the “social contract” between institution and faculty is undergoing an evolution.
A caution however: one of the US’s enduring competitive advantages has been its ability to attract top flight scientists from all over the world. The perception that either tenure or research support is being eroded will not help, especially in a global environment where countries like China and Singapore are pouring massive amounts of money to bring the best and the brightest to their own shores.
The NYT report is here. Should we take as RESULTS or DISCUSSION?
Enforcing social norms through enhanced citizen journalism, here.
In spite of challenging weather, I had a most interesting visit to Burroughs Wellcome Fund yesterday. I learned about some very interesting STEM education approaches and a very similar interest in success stories in Finland and Singapore.
It’s clear to me that the education puzzle is central to future US economic prosperity. My sense is that there is even national consensus on this. The devil is in the details in this case and learning what has worked for other countries is an excellent first step towards reform here.
In Finland, for example, the requirement for all K-12 teachers to earn a masters degree with a mix of pedagogy and research is admirable. But that’s for a population of 5.4 million. That simply may not be possible here in the US with a population of 300+ million. But the underlying idea of attracting the very best and the brightest to education does make sense.
So good first steps. It will be interesting to see what evolves here in the US.