One year ago today I started this blog and what a wild year its been. I’ve largely been too busy to think about blogging lately but maybe the blogiversary will reinvigorate my blogging efforts…
In that vein, two articles of interest pop out in the latest issue of Science.
1) A call for universal author ID numbers and the difficulty in figuring out how to do it. I think this is a super idea but I understand why it would be very difficult to implement. I thoroughly enjoy perusing the publishing history of my colleagues, seminar speakers and interviewees but this process is becoming next to impossible for authors unless they have the most obscure of names. I think this would be a great tool for all of us that would be increasingly appreciated as time continues to pass (and the pace of publishing continues to increase). Hence, I volunteer to assign myself number 5, in honor of the great George Brett.
2) An article calling for expansion of professional Master’s Science Degrees. I also think that this is a great idea and that Universities should also consider these programs for retraining for workers in areas where job growth is shrinking and can be expected to remain that way for the foreseeable future. While community colleges and vocational schools offer many programs for retraining I think that it would wise to begin to offer more advanced programs for those that really want to expand into new, advanced areas but on an expedited schedule. In other words, a PhD may take too long for a 45 year old who wants to acquire new skills for a new career in the energy industry, for instance. This is how you rebuild economies, me thinks.