Focusing on the positives when thinking about improvements to science

December 7, 2018

“Most opinion articles are written about things that enrage or bother us,” writes David Kent, who instead decides in his most recent article to focus on positive efforts and trends in the scientific community. Kent divides these positive areas according to progress he has seen in the peer review process, scientific PhD training, and career progression. Kent specifically highlights strong parental leave policies and mentorship programs as significant, positive changes in the way science is taught and practiced. “Many of these [developments],” the author concludes, “are inexpensive (or free!) and could be rolled out in institutions or granting agencies with relative ease, so why not give it a little push where you can, instead of keeping your head in the sand.” University Affairs (National)