Why don’t more research labs have blogs? Most of us are passionate about our fields and our perspective on the world. For instance, I really believe operations research is a great way to view the world, and I trust that comes out through the blog.
David Goldberg of the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois is another with a passionate view of how his lab’s research fits into the world, and it comes through in the lab blog. I even get a mention as “worth a read”. David is, of course, a guru on genetic algorithms, an area I consider part of operations research, though I suspect David disagrees. In any case, we need more discussion and even conflict if our field is to be taken seriously.