Lieutenant Commander Allan D. Brown first proposed the idea for an essay contest sponsored by the . Naval Institute for "a paper which shall be deemed the best" on 9 May 1878 at the organization's meeting in Annapolis. The first contest was in 1879. The name of the contest was changed in 1985 to the Arleigh Burke Essay Contest in honor of the World War II hero, former Chief of Naval Operations, and President of the Naval Institute. The name reverted to the General Prize in 2008. Today, the prizes honor the first, second, and third best articles published in Proceedings over the previous year, from October through September of the succeeding year.
It’s painful to see junk science — and make no mistake — this is junk with a dose of scientism added. The lack of rigor is appalling. Even more appalling is to think that this got past a set of peer reviewers. The sampling procedure for the six studies is pure junk. The appropriate sampling pool would be persons living in hurricane corridors. But getting that sample would require hard work. The authors instead used convenience samples that are worthless. Taking the easy out on the sampling sends a clear signal that the authors are interested in the appearance of rigor, but not the application of rigor.
It's often said that Texans are a proud bunch of people, and that's still a massive understatement. What I experienced being home this time around was something I've always known but needed a refresher on. I'm not a proud Texan because of the food, although you can't find better queso anywhere (and that's not up for debate). It's not because of the honey butter chicken biscuits from Whataburger or the fact that it's home to Texans football and the Rockets NBA team. I realized I am proud because of how much I love my city and the people who call it home.