Month: June 2014

The Pernicious Problem of Those FIRST Steps

David Takeuchi argues that even if the FIRST act doesn’t pass, it is clear that U.S. politicians are demanding more of a say in federally funded research. While a push to ensure research remains relevant can be a good thing, scientists and politicians must not forget that initial outcomes do not constitute substantive evidence. Scientific integrity and replication shouldn’t have to be sacrificed in order to meet political time frames.

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Walter Wyckoff

Return to Planet Quantophrenia

Robert Dingwall argues that numeracy and and a grasp of quantitative method of course have a place in the education of a social scientist, but they shouldn’t be the only skills in the graduate’s quiver. How about he ability to walk around, for one?

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Peer review

What is Peer Review? An Explainer

We’ve all heard the phrase “peer review” as giving credence to research and scholarly papers, but what does it actually […]

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New Version of Coburn Amendment in Wings

Senator Tom Coburn’s long-standing effort to restrict political science funding has returned with a new amendment filed for the latest bill that funds the National Science Foundation.

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Reagan and Stockman

How Ronald Reagan Helped Advance Social Science

The more things change, the more they stay the same — especially when it comes to political reluctance for the U.S government to pay for social science research. Our new blogger, Howard J. Silver, is an old hand at lobbying the feds for research funds, and details how political headwinds blew in a suite of lobbying groups.

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