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On The Dilution Effect

March 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Conservation, Human Ecology, Infectious Disease

A new paper written by Dan Salkeld (formerly of Stanford), Kerry Padgett (CA Department of Public Health), and myself just came out in the journal Ecology Letters this week. One of the most important ideas in disease ecology is a hypothesis known as the “dilution effect”. The basic idea behind the dilution effect hypothesis is […]

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New Publication, Emerging infectious diseases: the role of social sciences

December 4th, 2012 · No Comments · Human Ecology, Infectious Disease

This past week, The Lancet published a brief commentary I wrote with a group of anthropologist-collaborators. The piece, written with Craig Janes, Kitty Corbett, and Jim Trostle, arose from a workshop I attended in lovely Buenos Aires back in June of 2011. This was a pretty remarkable meeting that was orchestrated by Josh Rosenthal, acting […]

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(Text Processing) Paradigms Lost

April 11th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Tom Scocca has wrote a brilliant essay in Slate today on the absurdities of Microsoft Word being the standard text processing tool in the age of digital publishing. I struggle to get students doing statistical and demographic analysis in R to not use Word because of all the unwanted junk it brings to the most […]

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On Newspaper Front Pages

July 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Expert wrangler of predicaments Phillip Mendonça-Vieira has put together a very cool time-lapse movie from about 12,000 screenshots of the front page of the  The movie is interesting to watch in a Koyaanisqatsi kind of way, but what I find most poignant is his commentary that accompanies the movie. Mendonça-Vieira writes, Having worked with and […]

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Measuring Epidemiological Contacts in Schools

December 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Anthropology, Human Ecology, Infectious Disease

I am happy to report that our paper describing the measurement of casual contacts within an American high school is finally out in the early edition of PNAS. Stanford’s great social science reporter, Adam Gorlick, has written a very nice overview of our paper for the Stanford Report (also here in the LA Times and […]

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Most Cited Papers in Current Anthropology

February 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Anthropology, Diet & Nutrition, Evolution

A friend sent me a link the other day to the top 20 most cited articles in the journal, Current Anthropology. Much to my delight, I found that a paper that I co-authored is the #7 all-time citation leader and a paper co-authored by my Stanford colleague Rebecca Bird is the #19. As I walked […]

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PLoS ONE Now Accepts LaTeX

March 18th, 2009 · No Comments · LaTeX

In a note sent out to the PLoS ONE editorial board, managing editor Pete Binfield announced today that PLoS ONE will now be accepting submissions typeset in LaTeX.  I knew that this was in the works, but it’s nice to know it is for real now.

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On Journal Impact Factors

February 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments · science

How do we evaluate the quality of published work?  This has become an issue for me recently for one general and two more specific reasons.  The general reason is that as one approaches one’s tenure decision, one tends to think about the impact of one’s oeuvre. The specific reasons are, first, I have a paper that […]

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Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride

February 11th, 2009 · No Comments · Conservation, Demography, Evolution, Infectious Disease, Primates

Well, it’s happened again.  My work has been written up in Science but I am not mentioned.  I’m actually not that concerned this time — we’re going to submit the paper for publication soon. I’ve been telling myself (and other people) that this thing we’ve ben working on (all the while being very cryptic about what […]

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Further Adventures in Publishing

February 9th, 2009 · No Comments · Demography

I finally received the pdf version of my recently published paper with a 2006 publication date.  My grad student, Brodie Ferguson, and I used demographic data from the Colombia censuses of 1973, 1985, 1993, and 2002 to calculate the magnitude of the marriage squeeze felt by women in Colombia.  The protracted civil conflict in Colombia […]

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