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How should you handle criticism as a scientist? Has being "research parasites" turned us into "methodological terrorists"? Susan Fiske, past president of the Association of Psychological Science, launched a name-calling diatribe against internet culture and the reproducibility movement, basically. I discussed that, and came up with 6 tips for handling criticism: Flying Flak and Avoiding ad hominem Response.

Openness and Consequences: Directions in Pre- and Post-Publication Peer Review. The slides of my presentation at #COASP8 - the 8th Conference on Open Access Publishing.

Gender-bias bias: I tackle claims made that women in science have a level playing field. I wish it were true, though - hope I see it in my lifetime. At PubMed Commons: here and here. Two posts at Absolutely Maybe: This is How Research Gender-Bias Bias Works and Unpicking Cherry-Picking. And I joined the conversation at Neuroskeptic's blog on the overall issue of editor and journal responsibility for publishing damaging papers.

Meanwhile, gender and race in conference programs became a heated issue when Jonathan Eisen called out the organizers of Precision Medicine 2017 for an astonishingly male-dominated lineup: me and others interviewed by Meghana Keshavan in STAT.

Speaking of debates: I got into one at PubMed Commons with John Ioannidis on his new paper on systematic reviews and meta-analyses, disagreeing with his position - and updating my own work on this subject with more data about it, too. (This is part of that dissertation work that I'm slogging away at.)

At Statistically Funny, a fresh cartoon and look at ethics committees - plus a new page listing the statistically most popular posts! And a new post on a common trap in reports of scientific studies, especially systematic reviews: The Highs and Lows of the "Good Study".

And I expanded the Wikipedia page on the amazing Jeanne Villepreux-Power, a pioneer marine biologist: she invented the aquarium to further her experiments and studies with molluscs. Born in 1794, she was the daughter of a shoemaker who, at age 18, walked to Paris - over 400 kilometres - to strike out on her own.