Monthly Archives: April 2012

Work-Life Balance, A Follow-Up: The Guilty Academic

What perfect timing!  A friend recently shared with me an article from GradHacker.  The author of the article talks about the guilt that he or she feels while attempting to do any non-dissertation-oriented activities. This definitely struck a chord with … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Grad School, Pokie, Work / Life Balance

Yes, I did it!

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Being Faculty

So the first week of the semester in PFP, we had to quickly write down what we thought it meant to be a faculty member.  Looking back at it, I must have really been in a bad mood: A faculty … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in gedivts12, pfps2012, professional life

Sharing Cambridge Ideas

Cambridge Nights is a very interesting site that tries to “share bits and pieces of Cambridge with the rest   of the world” by interviewing the distinguished professors of different fields in universities within Cambridge, MA. The very latest one is an … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in gedivts12, PFP 2012

Why We Need Journal of Failures?

We had this discussion in class that it is benefiicial to have a jounral that publishes the failures in research which will be very useful from many different perspectives. One perspective  that I mentioned was that with publishing failures plagiarism … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in PFP 2012

A faster way to grade papers?

For those who are about to face a mounting pile of end of semester papers, check out this article on a potential way to speed up the process. Since I haven’t yet faced that challenge, I’d love to hear any … Continue reading Continue reading

In Retrospect

I have to confess that I was skeptical of “learner-centered” teaching when I began the semester. I imagined unproductive classrooms where nothing was really learned. I heard rumors that the over-arching philosophy of the class was ”the student is ALWAYS right.” … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Pedagogy

Is College Worth It?

While working on the scholarly essay on the value of higher education I found that the debates on if the college education worth the cost and time is significantly increasing.  There are many blog postings and writing on this topic and one was published just today … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in gedivts12, PFP 2012

How as an adviser/faculty, we can cultivate the creativity of our students

The following interesting story shows how a student solved one of the unsolved problems in math because he didn’t know that it was just an example of “unsolved problems”. A key question is that was he able to solve it if he had known … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in PFP 2012

Mad Men and Modernity: A Preview

It has been awhile (a little over a month) since I posted anything here. I want to make sure that this brief lull in posts is not indicative that I no longer care about this blog or will no longer … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Political, Pop Culture