The Art of the Review

My Experience Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Kelly-Blake and Van Linden - Episode 22

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In the words of guest Mark Van Linden, “adversity can present itself to anybody at any time.” This episode features a personal narrative of life with a spinal cord injury. Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake, Associate Professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and the Department of Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, is joined by Mark Van Linden, MSA, and president of Adversity Solutions LLC. Mr. Van Linden experienced a spinal cord injury in 2009.

Why I Left the U.S. for My Surgical Procedure: Fleck and Fluegel - Episode 21

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What would you do if you needed surgery, but seeking care would mean $25,000 or more in medical debt? Would you consider traveling to another country to receive the same surgery at a fraction of that cost? Would you put off seeking care entirely, until it became an emergency situation?

Shared Decision-Making in Colorectal Cancer Screening: Jimbo and Kelly-Blake - Episode 20

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This episode features guests Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake, Associate Professor in the Michigan State University Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, and Dr. Masahito Jimbo, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Michigan Medical School. Drs.

Considering Consciousness in Neuroscience Research: Cabrera and Reimers - Episode 19

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What can neuroscience tell us about human consciousness, the developing brains of babies, or lab-grown brain-like tissue? How do we define “consciousness” when it is a complex, much-debated topic? In this episode, Michigan State University researchers Dr. Laura Cabrera, Assistant Professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, and Dr.

Social Determinants of Health in Medical Education: Ajegba, Bogdan-Lovis, and Kelly-Blake - Episode 18

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This episode focuses on the topic of social determinants of health, or the social and environmental factors that influence our health and access to resources. How can social determinants of health be integrated effectively into medical education? Michigan State University Center for Ethics faculty members Libby Bogdan-Lovis and Dr.

Genes, Behavior, and the Brain: Cabrera and Reimers - Episode 17

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We can look at an individual’s DNA and know what their hair color is, but what about their behavioral traits? This episode features Michigan State University faculty Dr. Laura Cabrera, Assistant Professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and the Department of Translational Neuroscience, and Dr. Mark Reimers, Associate Professor in the Neuroscience Program in the College of Natural Science.

Ethics and Policy Issues of Targeted Cancer Therapies: Fleck and Mackenzie - Episode 16

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What kinds of challenges currently exist within precision medicine? This episode focuses specifically on targeted cancer therapies, featuring a discussion between Center for Ethics Professor and Acting Director Dr. Len Fleck and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine student Stephanie Mackenzie. Dr. Fleck discusses ethics, economic, medical, and health policy issues related to these high-cost therapies. Additionally, he provides insight into how U.S.

Activating and Empowering Patients: Hart-Davidson, Kelly-Blake, and Olomu – Episode 15

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How can shared decision-making tools and evidence-based guidelines be used to ensure that every patient receives the best care possible? How can patients be activated and equipped to interact with their provider and manage their health condition? In this episode, three Michigan State University researchers—Dr. Bill Hart-Davidson, Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Dr.

Why I Donated a Kidney to a Stranger: Fleck and Ward – Episode 14

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According to recent data from Donate Life America, more than 110,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants; 80% of those patients are waiting for a kidney. In this episode, Center Acting Director and Professor Dr. Leonard Fleck is joined by Dr. Arthur Ward of Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College. Dr.

Ethical Implications of Gene-Editing Human Embryos: Eijkholt and Fleck – Episode 13

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What are the ethical implications of gene-editing human embryos? Do we risk stifling scientific advancement by banning such medical research? Guests Dr. Leonard Fleck, Acting Director and Professor in the Center for Ethics, and Dr. Marleen Eijkholt of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands discuss the pros and cons, stemming from the recent news out of China of gene-edited babies.

When Patients and Families Express Hope for a Miracle: Bibler and Stahl - Episode 12

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How do patients, their families, or their caregivers express hope for a miracle in the clinical setting? How can medical professionals respond to these desires for a miracle to occur? Guests Dr.

Clinical and Legal Perspectives on Brain Death: Stahl and Tomlinson - Episode 11

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What does it mean to declare brain death in the clinical setting? How does the language we use surrounding death complicate these situations? What beliefs and philosophies exist regarding what constitutes the death of a person?

Plastic Surgeons on Snapchat: Stahl and Vercler - Episode 10

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Would you ever consent to have your medical procedure broadcast on social media? This episode addresses a trend known as Snapchat surgeons – plastic surgeons who amass sometimes millions of followers on the social media platform Snapchat by posting uncensored videos of operations they are performing. These videos are often highly stylized, comedic, and meant to entertain.

The Patient Preference Predictor: Tomlinson and Stahl - No Easy Answers in Bioethics Ep 1

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No Easy Answers in Bioethics is a new podcast from the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Each month Center for Ethics faculty and their collaborators discuss their ongoing work and research across many areas of bioethics--clinical ethics, evidence-based medicine, health policy, medical education, neuroethics, shared decision-making, and more.

The Art of the Review - Episode 11 Obituary as Review

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This episode is about the scholarly obituary and presents two different approaches to the enterprise of reviewing a scholar's life. Tasked with "reviewing" the life of historian and his own mentor, Dr. Raymond A. Mohl, Robert interviews H-War editor David Silbey about his review of distinguished military historian John Keegan. Robert and Yelena then talk about some considerations, like what to include and the issue of objectivity. Links to the obituaries and interviews discussed are below.

The Art of the Review - Episode 13 The Short Review

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In this episode, Yelena and Robert discuss the benefits and drawbacks of writing short reviews. Yelena mentions The New Yorker's regular Briefly Noted reviews, which prove without a doubt that writing skill matters in the short review.

The Art of the Review - Episode 14 Peer Review & the Digital Humanities

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In this episode, we return to the topic of peer review, this time discussing the peer review process for editing and publishing scholarly editions. Robert interviews Mark Kamrath, a Professor of English at the University of Central Florida.

The Art of the Review - Episode 3 Reviews We Liked, part 2

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In this episode, Robert continues the discussion of reviews we liked with H-Net copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak. The reviews discussed are below.


More reviews we liked:

The Art of the Review - Episode 6 Professionalism in Tone

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In this second part of our two-part episode on professionalism, Robert and Yelena discuss how network advisory boards can help review editors vet a review's tone prior to publication.

The Art of the Review - Episode 4 Quotes

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This episode dispenses some straightforward advice about the use of quotes in reviews. Robert speaks with H-Net copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak about some dos and don'ts of using quotations in reviews.


A review we mentioned in the episode was:

The Art of the Review - Episode 5 Professionalism & Constructive Criticism

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This is the first of a two-part episode about professionalism in academic book reviewing. In this episode, Robert and Yelena look at H-Net's guidelines for professionalism and speak with H-Net copyeditors Basia Nowak and Charlotte Weber about two reviews that constructively critique the books under review. 

The Art of the Review - Episode 7 The Living Review

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This episode, which we are calling The Living Review, takes as its point of departure the idea of looking back to a review after some years or decades. Robert and Yelena discuss an interview Robert did with James Struthers, professor of Canadian Studies at Trent University in Ontario. Prof. Struthers looks back at a review he wrote in 1994 for the now defunct H-State list.

The Art of the Review - Episode 8 The Author as Audience

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena talk about what special considerations reviewers should make regarding a book's author. Robert shares his experiences of having his own book reviewed, and then speaks with Brendan C. Lindsay, whose book Murder State: California's Native American Genocide, 1848-1873 was recently reviewed on H-AmIndian, about the ways that that review has been helpful to him.


The reviews we discussed were:

The Art of the Review - Episode 9 Peer Review

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena talk about the internal peer review process that journals and academic book publishers undergo prior to publication. We speak about the expectations for peer reviewers in evaluating a manuscript and the work that publishers and editors do in recruiting such peer reviewers. In the second part of the episode, Robert interviews Derek Krissoff, Director of West Virginia University Press about the review process from a publisher's point of view. Don't miss that second half of the episode!

The Art of the Review - Episode 10 Reviewing Translations

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena speak with Paolo Giordano, the Neil E. Euliano Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies at the University of Central Florida about some things to consider when reviewing translated works. While few H-Net networks regularly review works of translations, a recent review on H-Buddhism did consider the issue of translation and cultural context:

The Art of the Review - Episode 12 The Long Review

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We start out the new year with a long interview with H-Socialisms review editor Dr. Gary Roth and reviewer Dr. Robert Barsky about Bob's review of The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature by Jaime Nace Cohen-Cole. When Bob was working on his review last spring, he found that the "open mind" program that Cohen-Cole describes in his book, a program that "promoted to address the threat posed by Communism and ...

The Art of the Review - Episode 15 Citations

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This episode is one of an occasional series where Yelena and Robert speak with H-Net's copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak about the nuts and bolts of reviewing at H-Net. In this installment, we discuss the use of citations in scholarly book reviews, which Charlotte and Basia explain are usually kept to a minimum.

The Art of the Review - Episode 16 Reviewing as Criticism

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This episode is a special treat, as it features Robert's conversation with Barry Mauer, Associate Professor in the Department of English at UCF and a former music critic, speaking about music criticism as a form of reviewing. The topic of the conversation turns to Bob Dylan's 1970 album Self-Portrait, which was famously panned by Greil Marcus in Rolling Stone. And finally, Robert and Barry talk about "meta-criticism."

The Art of the Review - Episode 17 Reviewing Comics

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena talk about the academic treatment of comics and comic books, from art history to comic book studies, and Robert interviews Julian C. Chambliss, Associate Professor of History at Rollins College, about reviewing comics for scholarly and popular audiences.

Links to some of the things mentioned in this episode:

The Art of the Review - Episode 22 The Voice of the Reviewer

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In this episode, Robert speaks with Michael Munnik, Lecturer in Social Science Theories and Methods at Cardiff University and review editor for H-SAE, the H-Net network associated with the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, a section of the American Anthropological Association focusing on European communities and contexts.

The Art of the Review - Episode 21 H-Net History, Part 2

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In this second part of our series on the early days of H-Net, Robert speaks with long-time H-Law editor Charles Zelden about the earliest book reviews on H-Law, which included both reviews published elsewhere and 

The Art of the Review - Episode 19 Reviewing Culture

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This episode was inspired by a previous episode of The Art of the Review, in which we discussed Professionalism in Tone with Vladimir Solonari and H-Net copyeditors Charlotte Weber and Basia Nowak.

The Art of the Review - Episode 20 H-Net History, Part 1

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In this episode, Robert speaks with H-Net's first Vice President for Research and Publications, a Habsburg list editor from 1994 to 2009, and World History Bibliographer at Rutgers University Libraries, Jim Niessen.

The Art of the Review - Episode 18 Reviewing Digital History

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In this episode, Robert speaks with Seth Denbo, Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives at the American Historical Association, about the Guidelines on the Professional Evaluation of Digital Scholarship by Historians, released in June 2015.

Reflecting on Early Bioethics: Fleck and Tomlinson - Episode 9

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What issues were bioethicists concerned with in the early days of the field? This episode features two senior faculty members from the MSU Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Director Tom Tomlinson, PhD, and Professor Len Fleck, PhD.

Organ Donation Models: Eijkholt and Fleck - Episode 8

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What kinds of organ donation models exist around the world, and how effective are those models? This episode on organ donation models features Assistant Professor Dr. Marleen Eijkholt and Professor Dr. Len Fleck from the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

‘Imaging and Imagining Illness’: Devan and Darian Stahl - Episode 7

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This episode delves into the intersection of fine art, illness, disability, and self-identity.

Medical Workforce Diversity and the Professional Entry Tax: Bogdan-Lovis and Kelly-Blake - Ep 6

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This episode features Libby Bogdan-Lovis, Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, and Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake, Assistant Professor in the Center for Ethics and the Department of Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. As leaders of a multi-institutional research team, they were interested in examining strategies and associated rationales for expanding underrepresented minority presence in U.S. undergraduate medical education.

Public Perception of Psychiatric Interventions: Cabrera, Bluhm, and McKenzie - Ep 5

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This episode features Dr. Laura Cabrera, Assistant Professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and the Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine, Dr. Robyn Bluhm, Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department and Lyman Briggs College, and undergraduate research assistant Rachel McKenzie.

Comparing Chinese and American Bioethics: Cheng and Tomlinson - Ep 4

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This episode features Dr. Guobin Cheng, Adjunct Associate Professor with the Center for Ethics and Associate Professor at Southeast University in China, and Center Director and Professor Dr. Tom Tomlinson.

The Medical Ethics Resource Network of Michigan: a History - Ep 3

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In this episode, Dr. Leonard Fleck, Professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University, sits down with producer Liz McDaniel to discuss his involvement in the Medical Ethics Resource Network of Michigan (MERN), a non-profit organization that existed for about twenty years, beginning in 1986. Dr.

Shared decision-making in medicine: Barry and Holmes-Rovner - Ep 2

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In Episode 2, Dr. Henry Barry, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development in the College of Human Medicine, and Dr.

Presentation: Podcasting for Academics

Podcasting for Academics

A presentation presented January 25, 2017 at the Michigan State University Library Digital Humanities Series.

The presentation offered an introduction to podcasting for academics, which can be useful for research, outreach, or pedagogy. Included technical best practices for recording and working with audio files, starting a podcast, and some ideas for what academics can contribute to developing podcasting as a medium.

No Sounds Are Forbidden - Episode 11 - Among the Ruins: The Rebirth of Europe’s Avant-Garde

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In the eleventh episode of No Sounds Are Forbidden, “Among the Ruins: The Rebirth of Europe’s Avant-Garde,” host Matthew Friedman explores how European composers built a new avant-garde, virtually out of nothing after the Second World War. Growing out of the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, this transnational community of composers sought to build a new music for a new, united Europe, although they could never escape the shadow of Europe’s traumatic past

Rate of completing a podcast episode against length of episode

This is a graph produced by Nick DePrey (@Nickdeprey), analytics manager for NPR One, graphing rates of completion of a podcast episode against the length of the episode among NPR One listeners. Originally posted on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Nickdeprey/status/840260031266340864/photo/1

No Sounds Are Forbidden - Episode 10 – Soir d’Hiver: The Spectacular Modernist Christmas Spectacular!

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No Sounds Are Forbidden is back with its tenth episode. Musicologist Jill Rogers (University College Cork) joins host Matthew Friedman for a holiday special exploring how modernist and avant-garde composers have marked Christmas in their music since the early 20th century.

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