Author: Shiqiang

Ancient Book Pages with Birds Flying Away (downloaded from Dreamstime, click on the figure to be directed to the original source) Publishing a manuscript always tends to be a painful process for most graduate students. We put well-tailored figures and …

Draw a Pair of Wings for Your Publication Read More »

We are entering the digital era, and everything gets digitized: we work with Microsoft Office software at work, purchase goods via PayPal, monitor everyday exercise or even sleep habit with fitbit, and post daily life experience on social network. Almost …

No Information is an Island Read More »

Tonight we had our last Communicating Science class this semester. We had great food from Jimmy Jones (thanks, Carrie!) and talked about some opinions towards our recorded video. Later we were separated in groups to watch our video again and …

Complete the course! – Journal 9 Read More »

This week we were invited to the undergraduate student dormitory to give a speech on our research projects. It was actually my first time to be inside an American undergraduate dorm, and the facilities there were fantastic. Although we rehearsed …

Improved Version of 3-min Talk – Journal 8 Read More »

During the last weekend, I attended one Engineering Futures seminar offered by Tau Beta Pi (TBP) Honor Society. The Engineering Futures curriculum comprises five courses, including People Skills, Team Chartering, Group Process, Analytical Problem Solving, and Effective Presentation Skills. As a new …

Solve An Interpersonal Problem – Journal 7 Read More »

Last week I attended the 33rd Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Research Symposium and gave a oral presentation. This is an annual event providing a good platform for all the graduate students to share their interdisciplinary research to a broader audience. …

Put All the Things I Learn Into Use – Journal 6 Read More »

This week we had a very interesting role-play game between a group of two people. One person took the role of a modern man travelling back through time to 1600, the other guy was a peaceful peasant working diligently on the …

Get Burnt or Get Understood – Journal 5 Read More »

This tiny story happened just after my graduation from college. During that summer, I was “kicked out” of my dormitory in the previous university and had to move all my stuff to the new university where I got admitted in …

One Tiny Story Related to My Past Research Life Read More »

This week, I was out for the Borchardt Water/Wastewater Conference at University of Michigan and, sadly, missed one class. Still, I learned quite a lot from listening to other people’s oral presentations, explaining my own poster, and chatting with people …

Conference Experience at University of Michigan – Journal 4 Read More »

In this week’s class, we discussed both the good and bad examples in science story/publication regarding efficient communication. Unlike the news, science stories can be really difficult to understand sometimes, and hence we engineers and scientists should be aware of …

How to make a good science story – Journal 3 Read More »