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Difference in Expectations

People have different expectations from us and we in turn have different expectations from other people. Our friends and family members want us to be successful and live a happy life. Our teachers and advisers expect us to do quality … Continue reading Continue reading

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10 Do’s and Don’ts of PhD Student

Hello All, I find this interesting article from bitesizebio.com [http://bitesizebio.com/articles/10-dos-and-donts-for-phd-students/] providing the 10 do’s and don’ts of a PhD student. Found that this was interesting however it’s possible that considering #1, this should be reviewed prior to entering a PhD program.  I think I like #10 the best….what’s your favorite? ENJOY! http://public.randomnotes.org/richard/notMad.gif Do think about whether […] Continue reading

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Being comfortable as a TA

This is kind of going back to the communicating science idea. It came to be a little bit after my last blog post. I was talking to a friend at an internship I’d done last year in Austria. He worked in … Continue reading Continue reading

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Higher Education Marketing: Leveraging the Holiday Rush

So, while thinking of the upcoming winter holiday, having celebrated the thanksgiving holiday, I thought to myself, what would be interesting regarding the holiday and higher education, so I enlisted the help of one of my closest friends “google” to assist in this search by typing “Holidays” + “Higher Education”. One of the first items […] Continue reading

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Peer Review

I read an interesting article in the Times Higher Education [1] which talked about peer pressure from the peer review point of view. Most graduate students and tenure-track faculty members have to publish frequently to stay ahead of their contemporaries. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Publish or Perish!!!

The academic world has been plagued with this dilemma for quite some time now. Wikipedia describes it as the “pressure in academia to rapidly and continuously publish academic work to sustain or further one’s career” [1]. Nowadays, it has become … Continue reading Continue reading

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THANXMAS

For a couple of years now I have been jokingly referring to this time of the year – specifically the time between the end of Halloween to roughly December, or instead lets just go with Christmas day – as Thanxmas. … Continue reading Continue reading

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On Trusting Politicians

A few weeks ago, I attended a meeting/meet-and-greet in the Graduate Life Center with the Swiss Ambassador to the US, Manuel Sager. In the meeting, the ambassador discussed the frequent elections held in Switzerland—four per year!—to decide on a number … Continue reading Continue reading

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wasting time

I think that it’s really interesting how people really look for so much purpose in everything that they participate in. I understand, our time is valuable, we’re grad students, the university (and our advisors) kind of owns us until we … Continue reading Continue reading

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Millennial Me

According to the following survey at: http://pewresearch.org/millennials/quiz/ I scored a 90, making me a de facto millennial (I’m so excited!) Not that this is surprising. Frankly, I have always been fascinated by the notion of the millennials, the generation that, … Continue reading Continue reading

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