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December 5, 2011, 5:44 pm

Academia vs. Roller Derby

Thanks, http://fuckyeahrollerderbyotter.tumblr.com/!

Roller derby! It seems to be everywhere these days, and I couldn’t be happier. Derby 101 has begun at my local league, and I am learning to skate (in between all the times I fall down). I’ve started noticing some important ways in which academia and roller derby are similar — and ways in which they are really, really, different.

SIMILAR:

1. You’ll fall on your ass. A lot. And you just have to keep getting up over and over again. In academia, it’s metaphorical, but it still hurts.

2. Perseverance¬†is much more important than innate talent. In academia, it’s been noted by many people that finishing your Ph.D. is more a reflection of your ability to keep at something until you finish it, and less a reflection of your intelligence. In roller derby,…

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November 8, 2010, 3:25 pm

Grant-reviewing peeve

Every year I review grant proposals for a private foundation which once gave me money. Aside from the usual writing problems, there is one particular problem I see over and over and it drives me crazy. Dear grant proposers, here is a little rule of thumb that I hope you will find helpful:

DON’T CALL YOUR RESEARCH METHOD “CUTTING EDGE” OR “NEW” IF IT IS OVER 10 YEARS OLD.

Seriously.