From the Northeastern Section of the ACS, focusing on career management and development

March 2019
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Plan S. OPEN ACCESS Journals
Filed under: Recent Posts, Networking, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 1:27 pm

Another area of interest to readers might be journal articles,

where to publish and availability of publications.
I searched the ACS evolving policy and viewed the page .
This is an area we should all take note of in consideration
with what is occurring with the rest of the global scientific
community aiming for Open Access by 2020.  See details.
I was tuned into this by an editorial in Interface by Jannuzzi
who linked to Richard Kiley at University College London
who wrote about the aim of “Plan S” to ensure research that
is publicly funded to be openly available.  As a species we 
face climate change, epidemic preparedness, major disasters.
He wrote if the Liberian government being unaware of research
of the potential impact of an Ebola outbreak.  If research was
openly available and acted upon some of the thousands of
death could have delayed to their normal course.
There is a sizable cost for ACS members to participate in
OA.  We can influence this by voicing what is being done
in proactive societies giving them a competitive advantage.
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On-Line Platforms. Suggestions from Clint Watts
Filed under: Recent Posts, Leadership, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 5:15 pm

Clint Watts, former FBI agent, wrote a recent book “Messing with
the Enemy” and offers some helpful suggestions.

For your work on Platforms:
1.  Ask whether the benefits outweigh the costs.  Try to
minimize social media.
APP:  Use Moment to monitor your time commitment.
2.  Pop or drop our preference bubbles. 
Know why we ‘like,’ tweet  & share items
3.  Listen or read those who oppose our preferences. 
They provide the needed
reconnaissance for opposites.
4. Pick experts who are good critical thinkers. EOA
  A. they have experience in their field and in the topics they
  B. they have many observations in their field
  C. they go through a deliberative process (analysis)
to arrive at conclusions.  Structured evaluation, ask questions.
About where you seek and obtain your news, consider the abbreviation CMPP
Competency- source capable of knowing, gathering, and understanding
the information they provide
Motivation- why is the source providing the information
 Product- type of information- audio, print, online, video, social. .
Each type conveys different meaning and
impressions of reality.
 Process of collection-  were sources primary or secondary. 
Was the data selected to favor a position?
Is contrary data considered and tested?

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On-line Platforms. Subtle repositories of metadata
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Posted by: site admin @ 11:53 am

As a twist on topics the blog shares, I wish to bring up
an intriguing book that I recommend you read–   ’Zucked-

Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe’ by Roger MaNamee,
Penguin NY 2018.
Unwittingly, many of us may be the fodder of metadata for
high tech internet operating organizations and platforms.
Then, we further participate and are entranced to follow
what the AI directed algorithms prescribe.
McNamee writes that the internet technology world follows
predictable patterns.  He points out technology has two rules
of thumb– Moore’s law about integrated circuit packing
density and Metcalfe’s rule about the increasing value of
any network being proportional to the square of the number
of nodes (or members). 
These result in a philosophy:
-make things appear to be free, effort-less and friction-less 
to make networks and connections engage more often and
build on habits that evolve into addictions
-promote a libertarian philosophy that prioritizes individuality
over the common good.  Individuals feel good about ambition
and greed.  Disruption, being first and winning becomes an
effective strategy.
The author highlights the role of the vision, value system
and connections a group of leaders, he calls the “Paypal
Mafia” have succcessfully promoted.  [Named are P. Thiel,
E. Musk, R. Hoffman, M. Levchin and J. Stoppleman]
McNamee shared the finding that president
described where FB and Google feeds no longer are subject
neutral but are biased to deliver likeable content and headlines
to engage emotions.  [Ed Pariser]

A real stand out the book offers is a segment on B J.. Fogg
and Persuasion Technology that Silicon Valley firms employ
to compete, grow and prosper.  the result is that the software
designer creates the illusion of user (you and I) control, when
it is the system (and AI) that guides every action.  FB and Google
now include behavioral prediction engines that anticipate our
thoughts and emotions and offer high quality targeting for advertisers.