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Aug 01, 2016 How a happy moment for neuroscience is a sad moment for science: Systems neuroscience is celebrating a landmark, but one that shows the way we do science is broken.

QUOTE: modern science’s incentives are all wrong. If we only measure the quality of someone’s science by the amount of money they accrue and the number of “impactful” papers they produce, then by definition we are not measuring the quality and rigour of the science itself.

Aug 04, 2012 Against Enthusiasm: The epidemic of niceness in online book culture.

QUOTE: The problem with Liking is that it’s a critical dead-end, a conversation nonstarter. It’s opinion without evidence—or, really, posture without opinion....A better literary culture would be one that's not so dependent on personal esteem and mutual reinforcement. It would not treat offense or disagreement as toxic.

Jul 21, 2012 Into the Bailout Buzz Saw (Fair Game)

QUOTE: Thus the collision course was set between Mr. Barofsky and a crew of complacent, bank-friendly Treasury officials. He soon discovered that the department’s natural stance of marching in lock step with the banks meant that he had to question its policies and programs repeatedly to ensure that taxpayers weren’t at risk for fraud and abuse.

New York Times
Sep 10, 2009 Big Brother bosses: Employers spying on staff

QUOTE: Companies have long kept a close eye on employees to maintain productivity and guard against theft. But the economic downturn has prompted some to redouble their efforts—and advances in technology have given them the means.

Sep 01, 2009 Call to Jury Duty Strikes Fear of Financial Ruin

QUOTE: Few people like jury duty. But for many people squeezed by the recession, a jury summons holds a new fear: financial ruin.

New York Times
Aug 25, 2009 Unchain the Office Computers! Why corporate IT should let us browse any way we want.

QUOTE: So why not lock down workplace computers? Here's why: The restrictions infantilize workers—they foster resentment, reduce morale, lock people into inefficient routines, and, worst of all, they kill our incentives to work productively.

Jun 27, 2009 Grant System Leads Cancer Researchers to Play It Safe

QUOTE: One major impediment, scientists agree, is the grant system itself. It has become a sort of jobs program, a way to keep research laboratories going year after year with the understanding that the focus will be on small projects unlikely to take significant steps toward curing cancer.

New York Times
May 15, 2008 Diversity Isn’t Rocket Science, Is It? (Life's Work)

QUOTE: “It’s almost a time warp,” said Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the founder of the Center for Work-Life Policy, a nonprofit organization that studies women and work. “All the predatory and demeaning and discriminatory stuff that went on in workplaces 20, 30 years ago is alive and well in these professions.”

New York Times
Apr 10, 2008 While reservists serve, their jobs don't always wait: Between 2004 and 2006, returning volunteers filed 16,000 complaints against employers.

QUOTE: As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan grind on, tensions are mounting between the military's civilian volunteers, trying to step back into their professions, and employers, straining at times to cope with a growing cadre of workers who are away at war for months then expect to regain their former jobs.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 03, 2007 You're Not Earning as Much as the Guys? Here's Why.

QUOTE: As they head into the working world, most of this year's female college grads will never be equal to their male colleagues again.... At almost every step of the way, women could make decisions that would keep them even with their male classmates. But they don't.

Washington Post
Apr 16, 2007 When a layoff is the reward for experience: Circuit City's move to replace veteran employees with cheaper workers results in anguish and lawsuits.

QUOTE: Although large-scale layoffs have become a fact of life in corporations – Citigroup announced last week that it is cutting 17,000 jobs – the move by Circuit City has attracted particular attention and, in some circles, criticism and anger. What sets this layoff apart from most others is the fact that some of the best employees are being replaced. That raises questions about the role and value of experience in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 05, 2007 Unpaid interns struggle to make ends meet: Workplace experts are questioning the fairness of unpaid or extremely low-paying entry-level positions.

QUOTE: "Unpaid internships are certainly available or certainly commonplace," says Mark Oldman, coauthor of numerous internship guides and cofounder of Vault Inc., a career counseling company. According to a survey conducted by his firm last year, 36 percent of students said they were not paid for their internships.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 21, 2006 Should I 'fess Up to Lying on My Résumé?: Think that everyone does it, so there's no harm in your little "untruth"? Think again, says the Ethics Guy

QUOTE: widespread lying on résumés doesn't justify your doing the same thing. I can't imagine how you could know that most of your friends and co-workers lied on their own job applications, but even if it's true, it's ethically irrelevant to how you should conduct yourself.

Apr 10, 2006 How and when to disclose an illness

QUOTE: Serious illness is difficult enough without having to deal with discrimination. But knowing your rights can help you plan how and when to disclose your condition, and in a manner that will get you the most help possible.
Feb 24, 2006 Offer-and-Acceptance Etiquette: Recruiters and job seekers can reach an agreement more quickly and comfortably by employing a technique called a "supposal"

QUOTE: When the recruiter tells you, "I can't put this in writing unless you accept now," it's perfectly reasonable to say, "I would love to, but I can't evaluate your offer based just on this discussion. I need to see the specifics on paper..."

Jun 10, 2005 Buyout packages: Take the money and run?

QUOTE: If you're presented with a buyout offer, you'll fare best if you do your homework. The more questions you can ask and get answered (preferably in writing so you'll have a paper trail)...