Reshaping environmental education towards ecosystem restoration in the new normal

By Ronin Research Scholar Christopher Punzalan On November 11-12, 2021, I was able to participate in the 13th Philippine Network of Educators on Environment (PNEE) Virtual International Conference and Scientific Meeting held via Zoom through the conference scholarship grant from the Ronin Institute. The theme of the conference was “Reshaping Environmental Education towards Ecosystem Restoration …

Our shared values as scholars

Scholarship Values Summit 2021Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Identifying our values as scholars is the first step toward making needed change in our academic culture (see Part One of this three-part blog series). In this second blog post of the series (cross-posted on IGDORE’s Medium), we provide a summary of scholarship values …

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A Year in Review for the Ronin Institute: 2021

Looking back on last year’s 2020 Year in Review, it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come. The Ronin Institute is really hitting its stride. We know more about who we are, what we want to be, and what “re-inventing academia” means to us: creating a place where all scholars who seek Truth with Empathy …

Citizen Science Tabor Tree Project: Field Report No. 2

By Ronin Research Scholar Candace Gossen See the first Tabor Tree Project post.  “NASA’s citizen science projects are collaborations between scientists and interested members of the public. Through these collaborations, volunteers (known as citizen scientists) have helped make thousands of important scientific discoveries.” — NASA In January 2021, using the GLOBE Observer app, the Mt. …

A newcomer’s perspective on joining the Ronin Institute

By Ronin Research Scholar Rami Saydjari  I recently joined the Ronin Institute. Although I am a newcomer to the organization, I wager I am among the group’s older members. I am a physician, and in my early years, I focused on cancer research in a traditional academic university environment (grants, politics, publish or perish, etc.) …

Mental health confessions of an early career scientist

By Ronin Research Scholar Amy Teffer The original version of this article first appeared on Dr. Teffer’s website.  I am an early career scientist. I am also a mother and a wife. And I have chronic anxiety, tension-type and neuropathic migraine headaches, and recurrent major depressive disorders. My depression and anxiety went undiagnosed for decades …

What are harmful systems in scholarship?

Scholarship Values Summit 2021Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The context for scholarship has changed. The cultural norms and incentives for scholarship today (e.g. ‘publish or perish’) were established during a now-outdated context for traditional academia (see Lancaster et al 2018). Such framing and assumptions no longer work in today’s mainstream academia, let …

Soldiers lined up in rows in a marching formation. The image is black and white except for PFC Hunniecutt (the author), soldier on the end of the row in the second lane, who is shown in color for emphasis. Photo credit: Bays Photography

The veteran community is hurting this Veterans Day

What you need to know and how you can help By Ronin Institute Research Scholar Jeni Hunniecutt Veterans Day in the United States this year arrives under the shadow of the end of our war in Afghanistan. The end of war calls for a time of reflection, and as millions of military Service Members and …

Groundhog Day: the plight of postdoctoral researchers

By Ronin Institute Research Scholar Laure Haak The original version of this post first appeared in An Idea on Medium Let’s drive innovation by re-envisioning postdoctoral research as a fixed term “Tour of Duty”, with embedded offboarding, alumni services, and access to “Veteran’s benefits” for all who participate. Postdoctoral researchers are a critical component of …

Citizen Science Tabor Tree Project: Upcoming Field Training

By Ronin Institute Research Scholar Candace Gossen Beginning in the Fall of 2020, we began the Citizen Science Project called the “Tabor Tree Project” in Portland, Oregon. An old growth forest nestled upon a dormant volcano in the SE of the city, this group of Citizen Scientists identified a diversity of species and ages of …