Weekend reads: New source for Shakespeare's plays, 50 visionary women, scientists leave strange Amazon reviews

Kristin Tyndall's read

Quartz interviewed 50 visionary women to kick off their year-long "How We'll Win" series. The collection aims to share strategies for supporting women in power and building inclusive organizations through interviews, events, videos, and an online community. This first release includes interviews with Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois), Tarana Burke, Marie Kondo, Lena Dunham, and other activists, business leaders, researchers, and artists.

Am I acting academic enough? David Gooblar recently reflected on the challenge of finding your academic persona and anxiety over how students perceive you. He recommends focusing not on your identity as an academic, but on specific behaviors that help you create the kind of environment you want to achieve. That's solid advice not only for faculty members, but also for administrators, managers, and anyone else in a position of authority.

Kathleen Escarcha's reads

Dennis McCarthy, a self-taught Shakespeare scholar, claims to have found an unpublished manuscript that may have inspired 11 of Shakespeare's plays. McCarthy and another researcher used an open-source plagiarism software to detect common words and phrases between the manuscript and the plays. Then he determined how common those words were by running them against a database containing nearly every work published in English between 1473 and 1700. McCarthy’s research journey reads like a high-tech literary mystery novel—they even had to hire a “manuscript detective” to find a copy of the text!

A recent four-star review of a tea strainer's ability to separate ants for a zoology experiment sat quietly on Amazon until other scientists took notice and started sharing it on Twitter. Now, scientists are leaving reviews explaining the many (strange) ways they use common household items in their research. A thin yoga mat, for example, makes a great fish surgery table, according to one biologist. Scientists are tweeting their reviews with the hashtag #reviewforscience. See the full library of tweets here.


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