News and notes for biology, October 2016

Why Medical Schools Should Embrace Wikipedia: Final-Year Medical Student Contributions to Wikipedia Articles for Academic Credit at One School This is a very recent open access article from Academic Medicine. I found it interesting on many levels and since I know a few biology faculty have experimented with student contributions to Wikipedia I thought you all might enjoy knowing about it.

Now available in Digital Research Materials (Data & Supplemental files) section of our Open Scholarship repository: Datasets for “Drosophila Muller F Elements Maintain a Distinct Set of Genomic Properties Over 40 Million Years of Evolution”, Wilson Leung (from Elgin group in biology dept.)

Biology preprints over time, post on ASAPbio. “While the practice of preprinting in the life sciences is not completely new, it has grown dramatically over the past few years.”

The HHMI 2016 Holiday Lectures on Science are now available: Ecology of Rivers and Coasts—Food Webs and Human Impacts. There are 4 lectures:
Lecture 1 – Trophic Cascades in Rivers – Dr. Mary Power;
Lecture 2 —Untangling Salt Marsh Food Webs – Dr. Brian Silliman;
Lecture 3—Floods, Droughts, and Food Chains – Dr. Mary Power;
Lecture 4—Climate Stress and Coastal Food Webs – Dr. Brian Silliman.
Since these are freely available, I stopped requesting the free DVD version of holiday lectures so recent ones are not in our catalog. You can see the ones we have in our catalog. We’ve missed adding Patterns and Processes in Ecology (2015), Biodiversity in the Age of Humans (2014) and Medicine in the Genomic Era (2013). I can still request the DVDs if wanted. Please contact Ruth if the 2016 lectures of any of those missed holiday lectures should be added to WU Library collection. Thank you.

Overview about p-hacking with suggestions for other ways to talk about statistical significance: One reason so many scientific studies may be wrong, by Geoff Cumming in The Conversation, Oct. 5, 2016

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Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: Phone: 314-935-4819