Why Opinions and why in English?

In 2016 I will get 50. I am starting to feel that it is time to let others know my thoughts on what I believe are relevant issues (not necessarily important). For this reason, I decided to include a section in my web site where I would like to collect my opinions. This page shows (not necessarily) short articles delivering my views on academic issues, research challenges, my experiences as journal editor, department chair and evaluator of scientific impact. My opinions will not be confined to my professional activity. It may happen that I write on sporting activities, my climbing trips and my runs, my skiing days or whatever. I would like to be informal, I hope readers may forgive me if sometimes my pieces will be a bit naive. It may happen that I write after drinking a (lot of) glass(es) of good Italian wine.

I decided to write my opinions in English. In the Italian version of my web site I will translate this introduction, but not the text of the opinions. There are several reasons for this choice. First, my will is to mainly write on research and academic life and I feel that English is the most appropriate language in this context. Furthermore, learning English is still a remarkable effort for me. Therefore, writing in English is a kind of personal challenge that I wanted to take. Finally, I am essentially a shy person and therefore it is easier for me to write my personal opinions in a non-native language.

I hope you may enjoy the readings below!

Lectures in streaming from March 2nd - An excellent result

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Statistics of the videos of my lectures

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Interactive learning is a must!

Vincenzo Maffeo Barberini si laurea all'Università di Pisa - Arazzo della Manifattura Barberini - Musei Vaticani

In the Spring semester 2018 I decided to mark a step forward to interactive learning which, according to Wikipedia,

Towards a new form of academic learning

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Water bombs

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Bibliometrics: Columbus' egg?

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