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Scott Jaschik writes at Inside Higher Education that although most faculty members would deny that physical appearance is a legitimate criterion in grading, a study finds that among similarly qualified female students, those who are physically attractive earn better grades than less attractive female students. For male students, there is no significant relationship between attractiveness and grades. The results hold true whether the faculty member is a man or a woman. The researchers obtained student identification photographs for students at at Metropolitan State University of Denver and had the attractiveness rated, on a scale of 1-10, of all the students. Then they examined 168,092 course grades awarded to the students, using factors such as ACT scores to control for student academic ability. For female students, an increase of one standard deviation in attractiveness was associated with a 0.024 increase in grade (on a 4.0 scale).

The results mirror a similar study that found that those who are attractive in high school are more likely to go on to earn a four-year college degree. Hernandez-Julian says that he found the results of the Metro State study “troubling” and says that there are two possible explanations: “Is it that professors invest more time and energy into the better-looking students, helping them learn more and earn the higher grades? Or do professors simply reward the appearance with higher grades given identical performance? The likely answer, given our growing understanding of the prevalence of implicit biases, is that professors make small adjustments on both of these margins."

Comment Re:No mistakes, right? (Score 1) 320

They've done an excellent job on other occasions when they published names. Case in point, outing the KKK.

No, I'm pretty sure they got that one totally wrong in the first take, and then partially wrong and just full of outdated info and bad geusses in the second attempt.
Recent article, one of many that explain this:

Comment Re:What did they do for science (Score 1) 291

No. They specifically cited the only fields of science where women have significant representation, while ignoring all the other fields where they're an extreme minority.

There are only two fields of science where women are an "extreme minority": engineering and computer science. There is math, where they are in a minority, but not really "extreme minority". There are many more fields where women are a significant majority, as it, by far most fields of study. And there are many large fields of study where men are the "extreme minority", and more extremely in the minority than the women are facing in engineering and science.


Comment Re:German Polizei makes sense (Score 1) 143

German Police made very simple very basic risk assessment.

Yes, and they BLEW IT. Part of doing a risk assessment is weighing the risk against the benefits. They erroneously decided that the incredibly unlikely occurrence of a predator deciding to attack your child because they saw a photo on Facebook outweighed the benefit of sharing photos with people easily via Facebook.

I'll make a prediction: no matter how hard you look, you won't be able to find many fact-based news stories online where an actual predator attacked an actual child because of a Facebook photo. In fact, you probably won't find a single one. When I did that same search, I couldn't find any incidents that actually occurred, anywhere in the world. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean there weren't any, but I think it would be likely that if such a thing did happen it would get insane amounts of international news coverage; certainly if it happened in any statistically significant amount we'd hear about it, right? Instead,all we hear is fear-mongering "what if it happened", rather than "this happened 4000 times last year and here is where we found that info".

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