Journal articles in the life sciences: expanding publication to improve recognition

By Ronin Research Scholar Heather Maughan Journal articles are aplenty these days (at least in the life sciences). I can never keep up with my “to read” list. Twenty years ago when I was a graduate student I managed to thoroughly read tens of papers each week, and could keep up on what was being …

Ronin Institute-IGDORE Scholarship Values Summit: September 14-16

The Ronin Institute and the Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE) are co-organizing an unconference called the Scholarship Values Summit commencing this Tuesday (US time) September 14-16, 2021. This is the third unconference that the Ronin Institute has been involved in organizing after unconferences in 2016 and 2020. The Scholarship Values Summit …

The Long Road

By Ronin Institute Research Scholar Varsha Dani The original version of this post first appeared on the Computational Complexity Blog This week, I started as an Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and I am super excited about it. What’s the big deal, you are probably thinking. Don’t lots of people get …

FAQ for Big Brain on Publishing

The Big Brain thinks about publications

Notes from the Big Brain Collective as summarized by Research Scholars Emily Monosson and Arika Virapongse. The intention of the Ronin Institute Big Brain is for participants to share knowledge, experiences, advice and opinions. Topics flow from one meeting to the next. When we discussed Success in our last Big Brain, questions about Publishing emerged. In this …

Common Wealth Dividends: a new book about the wealth each of us is owed

By Ronin Institute Research Scholar Brent Ranalli   “How will we pay for it?” is one of the questions most commonly asked about basic income. My new book, Common Wealth Dividends: History and Theory (Palgrave Macmillan), examines a type or variant of basic income that has a source of funding built right in. Common wealth …

Thumbs up by Kevin Gale

Ronin Institute Principle: Opt In

This series of blog posts introduces some of the guiding principles that we use at the Ronin Institute to help the community be its best. Our last post was on Art of Hosting. Opt In is all about seeking permission and consent first, instead of assuming that people say Yes.  Opt In is actually a pretty challenging principle to follow because …

Success? What is that?

Notes from the Big Brain Collective as summarized by Research Scholar Emily Monosson The last Big Brain gathered around the idea of success. What does success mean and what are some challenges for reaching success? Ask a bunch of Ronin Scholars and you’ll get a bunch of different ideas; that’s part of what Ronin is about. …

Whatever happened to the great scientific breakthroughs?

Funding models and the slowing down of revolutionary ideas. By Ronin Research Scholars Jose Luis Perez Velazquez & Susan Khor The history of science tells us about major findings in the understanding of natural phenomena that prompted scientific revolutions or substantial changes in perspectives. Somehow, it seems to me that these ground-breaking innovations, the great …

Life happens while you are working on your lifework! Notes from a Field Scientist

By Ronin Research Scholar Candace Gossen, on her Ronin Public Seminar on Feb 12, 2021: I am very grateful to the Ronin Institute for offering the opportunity to talk about my life work on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). My PhD field work and research began on the island in 2002 as I was looking for …

Ronin Institute Principle: Pay it Forward

This series of blog posts introduces some of the guiding principles that we use at the Ronin Institute to help the community be its best. We build long-term sustainability into the Ronin Institute by planning our activities and their maintenance so that they can be done as easily as possible by us, and with the least …