Category: NEWS & EVENTS


IN THE NEWS: BBC (February 22, 2017)

[From the article “Most scientists can’t replicate studies by their peers” from the BBC/News/Science&Environment website]  “Science is facing a “reproducibility crisis” where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist’s experiments, research suggests. This is frustrating…

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Got Reproducibility? No? Check out the Project Tier Workshop for Faculty

[From the Project Tier website]  Project Tier offers faculty development workshops to help faculty incorporate reproducibility in their research supervision and teaching. “These Workshops will introduce participants to the TIER protocol for replicable empirical research. They are intended for faculty…

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Kahneman Shows the Right Way In Getting It Wrong

[From the website Retraction Watch] “Although it’s the right thing to do, it’s never easy to admit error — particularly when you’re an extremely high-profile scientist whose work is being dissected publicly. So while it’s not a retraction, we thought this…

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Check It Out: Replications in International Relations

[from Nicole Janz’s blog at Political Science Replication] “Nils Petter Gledisch and I just published a guest blog post about replication in international relations at the OUP blog. The blog is based on new research in the field, which we…

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Andrew Gelman Asks, Does Criticizing Bad Research Do More Harm Than Good?

In a recent post at his blogsite, Statistical Modeling, Causal inference, and Social Science, Andrew Gelman asks whether his recent criticisms on statistical grounds of a prominent researcher’s experiments on healthy eating are doing more harm than good. The researcher, Brian Wansink, is John…

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Some Tools for Checking Reliability in Others’ Research, and Ensuring Reliability in Your Own

[From the blogsite “The Skeptical Scientist” by Tim van der Zee] “Roughly speaking there are two kind of tools which I will list here. First, it is important to be skeptical of what you read, such as checking reported statistics….

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IN THE NEWS: VOX (January 23, 2017)

[From the article “Cancer scientists are having trouble replicating groundbreaking research” from the Vox website] “Replication has emerged as a powerful tool to check science and get us closer to the truth. Researchers take an experiment that’s already been done,…

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Does Anybody Really Care?

Tyler Cowen, at his blogsite Marginal Revolution — after noting that the four AEA American Economic Journals allow for comments to appear on articles’ official webpage posts, but that this feature is not widely used — makes this statement: “One of…

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The Journal Nature Human Behaviour Announces Registered Reports Policy

[From the home page of the journal Nature Human Behaviour] “Authors who wish to publish their work with us have the option of a registered report. With this format, acceptance in principle happens before the research outcomes are known. As a…

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College Credit for Bullsh*t?

Two faculty at the University of Washington, Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West, recently proposed a university course entitled, “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data”.  They describe the motivation and aim of the course as follows: “Politicians are unconstrained…

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