So I walked into Amherst Books the other day, and there on the front table was the latest from Emily Monosson, Unnatural Selection: How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene. Emily is a toxicologist and an impressive example of what an independent scholar can be and do. This book explores the effects on natural selection of chemicals developed by human beings and used for human purposes.
Read more about the book here: http://islandpress.org/unnatural-selection
Emily Monosson is also the author of Evolution in a Toxic World: How Life Responds to Chemical Threats, and editor of Motherhood: The Elephant in the Laboratory. And she developed the “Science Moms” blog (see blogroll to the right).
Just a couple of news items: Longtime independent scholar Ray Kibler is organizing a conversation at the upcoming meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego, hoping to bring together independent scholars and those employed in the academy.
And the American Historical Association is conducting an extensive and thorough study of contingent faculty. “It is impossible to develop practical policy recommendations when we know so little about the influence of crucial variables in shaping this population,” notes of the committee responsible for the survey. Watch this space for further news.