5 Reasons you should probably just say no to a peer review request

You probably agree that the peer review system is broken. Several ideas have been proposed to fix the system. Some journals tried double blind peer reviewing and others experimented with open peer review. However, I think these proposals are like putting a Bandaid over a cancerous wound because they don’t really address the root cause … More 5 Reasons you should probably just say no to a peer review request

Scientific Ostracism: On being black at an academic conference

You probably heard a dozen reasons you should attend an academic conference: practice public speaking, learn the latest practices, trends and challenges, showcase and receive feedback on your work, and network for future collaborations. After attending academic conferences for 10 years, I’m convinced they are overrated. The truth is academic conferences are not meant for … More Scientific Ostracism: On being black at an academic conference

Citation Censure: When your peers don’t cite your research

There’s nothing more painful than watching your child getting rejected. A few years ago, I took my son to an on-campus early childhood education center. While I was signing him in, he walked up to a classmate and asked her if he could be her friend, “I’m sorry, Tino. I already have a friend.” My … More Citation Censure: When your peers don’t cite your research

Antibiotic resistance: this is what happens when you use antibiotics

Can you believe there was a time when tuberculosis was the number one killer disease in the world? At only 43, Louis Braille, the French educator who invented the Braille system for the visually impaired, died of TB. And so did my favorite novelists Jane Austen and Emily Brönte, at only 42 and 30, respectively. … More Antibiotic resistance: this is what happens when you use antibiotics