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In the mail: “The Tyranny of Metrics”

New from Princeton University Press and Catholic U. historian Jerry Z. Muller: Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. Show More Summary

Let’s Not Move the Regulatory Goal Posts on the Davis Refinery

Members of the public gave testimony during the public hearing for the proposed Davis Refinery on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Dickinson State University. (Sydney Mook / The Dickinson Press) Building major energy infrastructure projects like pipelines or refineries is really, really hard. Show More Summary

NMRCloudQ: A quantum cloud experience on a nuclear magnetic resonance quantum computer

(Science China Press) Cloud-based quantum computing is the most useful form for public users to experience with the power of quantum. Recently, a joint team led by G. Long at Tsinghua University, B. Zeng at University of Guelph and D. Show More Summary

Cancer gene screening more cost effective in the general population than high-risk groups

(Oxford University Press USA) A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicates that screening the general population for mutations in specific genes is a more cost effective way to detect people at risk and prevents more breast and ovarian cancers compared to only screening patients with a personal or family history of these diseases.

Can Mice Really Mirror Humans When It Comes to Cancer?

A new Michigan State University study is helping to answer a pressing question among scientists of just how close mice are to people when it comes to researching cancer.

Can mice really mirror humans when it comes to cancer?

(Michigan State University) A new Michigan State University study is helping to answer a pressing question among scientists of just how close mice are to people when it comes to researching cancer. The findings reveal how mice can actually...Show More Summary

Some Digital Press Updates: Punks, The Old Church, Epoiesen, NDQ, Kaepernick, and Robinson

The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota is looking ahead to its most exciting year ever. Various projects are rushing to maturity in the next few months, and my schedule for 2019 is already shaping up. So this seems as good a time as any to do a quick update. First, come and hang out… Read More ?

Highly Recommended: Larry Baum’s “Ideology in the Supreme Court”

I just had a chance to read Lawrence Baum, Ideology in the Supreme Court (Princeton University Press 2017). It is really a terrific book which says something new and different about the role of ideology in Supreme Court decisionmaking (something … Continue reading ?

The world's first all-Si laser

(Science China Press) All-Si laser is the missing piece of integrated Si photonics. Recently, a joint research team led by Prof. X. Wu, Prof. M. Lu and associate Prof. S.-Y. Zhang from Fudan University developed the world's first all-Si laser using Si nanocrystals with high optical gains. Show More Summary

Protonation induced high-Tc phases in iron-based superconductors

(Science China Press) The research teams led by Dr. Weiqiang Yu at Renmin University of China and Dr. Pu Yu at Tsinghua University succeeded in implanting protons into iron-based superconductors by using ionic liquids. Various bulk high-Tc phases were found in the protonated materials. Show More Summary

Is it time for a new financial services tribunal?

(Oxford University Press USA) A new article published in Capital Markets Law Journal argues that consumers and banks could benefit from the creation of a quick and inexpensive financial services tribunal, modeled on the Employment Tribunals, to resolve substantial disputes between banks and small and medium sized companies.

The Tyranny Of Metrics: 'Not Everything That Is Important Is Measurable, And Much That Is Measurable Is Unimportant'

Wall Street Journal: A Cure for Our Fixation on Metrics, by Jerry Z. Muller (Catholic University; author, The Tyranny of Metrics (Princeton University Press 2018)): Measuring results is all the rage in organizations, but it is often wrongheaded and counterproductive. In recent decades, what I call “metric fixation” has engulfed...

Sisters of the Cross review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Alexei Remizov's Sisters of the Cross, recently out from Columbia University Press in their Russian Library-series. Remizov is one of those Russian writers who slipped into...Show More Summary

Using Life review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Ahmed Naji's Using Life, recently out from the University of Texas Press. This book has gained some notoriety because its author was, ridiculously, charged with, basically, obscenity -- see, for example, the PEN America Ahmed Naji page, and Lucy Popescu's overview in the Literary Review.

The Animated ‘Constantine’ Will Be Darker Than the NBC Show [TCA 2018]

Warner Brothers digital studio Blue Ribbon Content held a panel for the Television Critics Association to introduce the press group to some of the original content they produce for digital platforms. The DC animated universe grows with Freedom Fighters: The Ray and a Constantine animated series, picking up where the short-lived NBC series left off. Show More Summary

Restaurant and bar smoking bans do reduce smoking, especially among the highly educated

(Oxford University Press USA) Smoking risk drops significantly in college graduates when they live near areas that have completely banned smoking in bars and restaurants, according to a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiol...

Patients react better when doctors imply uncertainty, rather than state it directly

(Oxford University Press USA) Choice of words might matter when doctors communicate uncertainty of diagnosis to their patients. A paper published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care shows that the parents of pediatric...Show More Summary

Incorporating social media reviews can improve surveillance of restaurant health problems

(Oxford University Press USA) A recent paper published in JAMIA, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, illustrates the success of an improved system that tracks foodborne illness via online Yelp restaurant reviews developed by the Columbia University Department of Computer Science. Show More Summary

Gophers' Lynch recommended for expulsion in alleged assault

Minnesota basketball player Reggie Lynch has been recommended for expulsion following a newly public allegation of sexual assault. The Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press report the university's … Click to Continue »

Oxford University press to publish Journal of Burn Care & Research

(Oxford University Press USA) Oxford University Press (OUP) is pleased to announce its partnership with the American Burn Association (ABA) to exclusively publish the Journal of Burn Care & Research, the only US journal devoted exclusively to the treatment and research of patients with burns.

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