Financiamiento de investigación

He pospuesto muchas veces este post, así es que va en su estado actual, incompleto, parcialmente digerido, como para empezar una conversación. Como investigador me beneficia decir que todos los países deberían investir (¿o será gastar?) más recursos en investigación. Mientras más grande sea el presupuesto, más probable es que me va a tocar una… Continue reading Financiamiento de investigación

Back of the envelope look at school decile changes

Currently there is some discussion in New Zealand about the effect of the reclassification of schools in socioeconomic deciles. An interesting aspect of the funding system in New Zealand is that state and state-integrated schools with poorer families receive substantially more funding from the government than schools that receive students from richer families (see this… Continue reading Back of the envelope look at school decile changes

A couple of thoughts on biotech and food security

"What has {insert biotech here} done for food security?" This question starts at the wrong end of the problem, because food security is much larger than any biotechnology. I would suggest that governance, property rights and education are the fundamental issues for food security, followed by biotechnological options. For example, the best biotechnology is useless… Continue reading A couple of thoughts on biotech and food security

Should I reject a manuscript because the analyses weren’t done using open source software?

"Should I reject a manuscript because the analyses weren't done using open software?" I overheard a couple of young researchers discussing. Initially I thought it was a joke but, to my surprise, it was not funny at all. There is an unsettling, underlying idea in that question: the value of a scientific work can be… Continue reading Should I reject a manuscript because the analyses weren’t done using open source software?