Archive for København

No review this summer

Posted in Books, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2019 by xi'an

A recent editorial in Nature was a declaration by a biologist from UCL on her refusal to accept refereeing requests during the summer (or was it the summer break), which was motivated by a need to reconnect with her son. Which is a good enough reason (!), but reflects sadly on the increasing pressure on one’s schedule to juggle teaching, research, administration, grant hunting, society service, along with a balanced enough family life. (Although I have been rather privileged in this regard!) Given that refereeing or journal editing is neither visible nor rewarded, it comes as the first task to be postponed or abandoned, even though most of us realise it is essential to keep science working as a whole and to make our own papers published. I have actually noticed an increasing difficulty in the past decade to get (good) referees to accept new reviews, often asking for deadlines that are hurting the authors, like six months. Making them practically unavailable. As I mentioned earlier on this blog, it could be that publishing referees’ reports as discussions would help, since they would become recognised as (unreviewed!) publications, but it is unclear this is the solution. If judging from the similar difficulty in getting discussions for discussed papers. (As an aside, there are two exciting papers coming up for discussion in Series B, ‘Unbiased Markov chain Monte Carlo methods with couplings’ by  Pierre E. Jacob, John O’Leary and Yves F. Atchadé and in Bayesian Analysis, Latent nested nonparametric priors by Frederico Camerlenghi, David Dunson, Antonio Lijoi, Igor Prünster, and Abel Rodríguez). Which is surprising when considering the willingness of a part of the community to engage into forii discussions, sometimes of a considerable length as illustrated on Andrew’s blog.

Another entry in Nature mentioned the case of two University of København tenured professors in geology who were fired for either using a private email address (?!) or being away on field work during an exam and at a conference without permission from the administration. Which does not even remotely sound like a faulty behaviour to me or else I would have been fired eons ago..!

Bayesian courses in København

Posted in R, Statistics, University life with tags , , , on January 27, 2010 by xi'an

I received this announcement about two incoming courses given in København by Andrew Lawson:

1) “*An Introduction to Bayesian Disease Mapping*”

A Two-Day Course, April 12.- 13. 2010, University of Southern Denmark
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the area of Bayesian disease mapping in applications to Public Health and Epidemiology:

2) “*Advanced Bayesian Disease Mapping*”

A Two-Day Course, April 15. – 16. 2010, University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
This course is designed to provide advanced coverage of Bayesian disease mapping topics in applications to Public Health and Epidemiology: It is intended as an extension to the course: *An Introduction to Bayesian Disease Mapping*. Emphasis on the course is placed on spatial and spatio-temporal Bayesian modeling issues, and some knowledge of Bayesian computation and WinBUGS is assumed.