Procrastination Meter

There’s being productive and doing work, and there’s straight-up messing around. But then there’s that confusing grey area of thinking-about-doing-work-ish-but-not-really-cause-you-keep-checking-Facebook-but-you-really-don’t-want-to-commit-to-full-on-messing-around. Yeah. That limbo.

Let’s face it: as much as we commit to being good students, we don’t spend as much time actually doing work as we should (in the productive spectrum). Some of this time of not-working-dom is spent in the spectrum of concretely messing around. But we find that a majority of this time, we wish we could be working, because we know we should be. So we do as much as possible without actually doing work to try to avoid the guilt that we think would most likely accompany the straight-up-messing-around sphere of activities. We open books and tabs, organize our notes, open some more tabs and maybe a word document or two, and alternate between various social media outlets as a tiny little cheat, because that’s not as bad as committing to watching a movie, right? RIGHT?! Sadly enough, in our trying-so-hard-to-avoid-procrastination brains, it is. read more »


A typical male researcher when exposed to IT.

A new study authored in part by Haas School of Business’ Waverly Ding seems to suggest that “access to information technology benefits female research scientists more than their male counterparts.”

Apparently, female researchers with access to IT saw an 18 percent boost in publications in certain institutions. “I’m not saying IT isn’t helping men; it’s positive for both,” says Ding. “However, women gain more from IT advancement in universities than men do.”

The study surveyed more than 4,000 researchers from the past 25 years. To account for the years prior to the mid-1990s, when the Internet not yet in wide use, Ding studied access to a prototypical informational technology called “BITNET.” The technology lacked email and search engines, but it did allow for researchers to connect and share information among one another. Historically, after a university installed a BITNET system, “women’s publications increased 19 percent.” There was no significant gain for men.

It begs the question: what could those male researchers possibly have been using IT for, if not strictly for research purposes? Hmm…

Closing the Gender Gap in Scientific Publishing [Haas Newsroom]
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