On the MAP 
Since last year, UAlbany has had a chapter of Minorities and Philosophy (M.A.P.). The organization is largely student run, and they've gotten funding from several sources to bring in a guest speaker for a symposium this Friday.

Readers in the capital region should note that it's open to the public.

Symposium on Implicit Bias


Friday, March 27
2:00pm to 5:30pm
Humanities 354, UAlbany uptown campus

Here is the schedule:

2:00 Adefolaji Fasanya, UAlbany M.A.P. President "Introduction to Implicit Bias"
2:15 Henry Curtis "Can you be racist without knowing it?"
2:30 Scott Wolcott "Implicit Bias and the Police"
3:00 Intermission with Food and Refreshments
3:30 Keynote Address: Professor Michael Brownstein (CUNY) "Implicit Bias and the Credibility of Moral Intuition".

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Hiring news 
PhilJobs, which hosts the on-line incarnation of Jobs for Philosophers, also hosts PhilJobs: Appointments. I just got an e-mail asking me to confirm a bit of news, so they could post it. If it's fit for them to post, it's fit for me to post.

I'm happy to say that Monika Piotrowska, who works in bioethics and philosophy of biology, will be joining the University at Albany philosophy department next year.

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Reputation evaluation gesticulation 
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings reputation evaluation for 2015 has been released. After the top 100, they just group schools in brackets of 25. UAlbany's ranking is in the 226-250 bracket.

This is more or less consistent with other rankings and with a rough sense of UAlbany compares to other institutions. But I'm sure it's calibrated to give roughly the same results as other rankings, because they don't want to end up with results that seem too implausible.

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Cleaning Chekhov's Gun 
I wrote most of this years ago, and I stumbled across the file recently while working on something else. I'm sticking it here, like you do.
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A bang after all 
I posted last Friday about my paper which had been accepted by Synthese. I filled out the on-line permissions form, I looked over page proofs yesterday, and today I was going to send back some corrections. But this morning I got this e-mail:
Dear Dr. Magnus,

I would like to let you know that the manuscript has been inadvertently accepted and you were notified on the same.

Kindly ignore the acceptance letter as the editor wants to initiate the review process on your paper once again.

Thank you very much.

My department keeps a news feed which announces, among other things, faculty publications. I had sent along the news item of my acceptance but fortunately it hadn't been posted yet. So I was able to hold the presses on it.

There are jokes which could be made here and mad fits which I might throw. But errors inevitably happen in an office. I'm not too horrified about getting an acceptance letter when I wasn't supposed to. I am perplexed that their system can go so far as to send typeset page proofs without anyone noticing until a day later, though.

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