Changing of the Red Guard

Over the last two weeks, Chinese government officials have gathered in Beijing for the National People’s Congress (NPC), and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). In Chinese, this gathering is known as the “Two Meetings”— an annual assembly that puts forth national-level political decisions. This year’s meetings marked the once-in-ten-year transition of state figureheads. Under… Read More Changing of the Red Guard

Why I spend so much time on the internet, part II (tips for grad students)

I’m finally back from an incredible whirlwind tour of entomology conferences. I’ve travelled from Ottawa, Ontario (ESO) to Edmonton, Alberta (ESC) to Knoxville, Tennessee (ESA). I am pooped and my brain is saturated with awesome science. I was invited to give a talk as part of a special symposium, “From the Lab to the Web”.… Read More Why I spend so much time on the internet, part II (tips for grad students)

Empathy and cyberbullying: What’s the connection?

Is the Internet making us less empathic? asks UCLA researcher Gary Small. And then you have Jean Twenge who talks about a new generation called Generation Me. With all of these blanket statements in magazine articles and books, it’s hard to discern the truth at some point.  Sifting through all of this information can often cloud… Read More Empathy and cyberbullying: What’s the connection?