T-Shaped People And Academia

Share This Post

“T-shaped people” are what Bastian Rieck calls people with knowledge in one or more different fields, as opposed to “I-shaped people,” who are experts in one field. In academia, T-shaped people are often looked over by I-shaped people because they seem unfocused or lacking in expertise. This is most visible when looking at a T-shaped person’s record of academic publications versus that of an I-shaped person’s; an I-shaped person often has multiple papers under their belt, while a T-shaped person has comparatively few, presumably because they work on broader projects. Read full article here

More To Explore

History

Remembering When America Banned Sliced Bread

Rationing was not new to the world when the US decided to ban sliced bread during WW2, but it caused an uproar. Already burdened by previous sugar, butter, and nylon rationing, American households made their anger known. Sliced bread was considered something of a household staple; their breakfast and lunch featured sliced bread, and it was too time-consuming to slice bread in the morning. The ban ended two months later, when officials finally claimed there was enough wax paper—used to keep sliced bread fresh—to go around. Read full article here

Nature

‘Immortal Jellyfish’ Could Spur Discoveries About Human Aging

We’re still unsure of the limits of the process, but theoretically, Turritopsis dohrnii (the “immortal jellyfish”) can revert back to the larval stage and start from scratch an indefinite number of times. But how? Compared to normal jellyfish, T. dohrnii has twice the amount of genes for DNA repair and protection. Aside from that, it has many mutations in genes associated with stem cell population and replication. While studying these won’t make humans immortal, these mutations may help us understand how ageing and ageing-related disease work. Read full article here

Do You want to embrace intellectual freedom and join our premium users?

FASCINATING READS, SUMMARISED

The occasional email full of conversation-worthy content