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News: Talk about how to cope with chronic illness, disability, and other health issues in the academic workplace.
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 on: Today at 01:56:58 PM 
Started by paddington_bear - Last post by paddington_bear
(I apologize that this is the second thread I've started here this week!)

My writing class was supposed to write about our convocation speaker who was on campus in September. Because not everyone on campus could get tickets, and because of students' work/class schedules, I also allowed students to watch the video of the speech in the media lab, if they couldn't attend the event. The assignment is due on Wednesday. Originally it was in late Sept., but I extended the deadline because the video wasn't able until early/mid-October. So far, only TWO people have submitted the assignment. When I asked, after the event, how many students had seen the speaker, I remember more than two people raising their hands, so I'm not sure why they haven't turned in their papers yet.  So.... One student emailed me today and asked if there was another way to see the video, since it's apparently "uncomprehendable [sic] ."  I can't tell whether the two students who already submitted their papers saw the speech in person, or watched the video; neither mentioned not being able to understand the video. NO ONE else has said anything about the video's quality, so either no one has watched it yet (again, the paper's due on Wednesday), or no one else had a problem with it (and they just haven't submitted the paper yet).   Later today I'll probably go to the lab to watch it myself, to see what the student is talking about.

So, one, I'm pissed that only 1/10 of the students have turned in the paper after two months.  But maybe others are still working on it, and just  haven't yet turned them in. But that's besides the point. If the video turns out to be inaudible, what are my options? Unfortunately, there's no YouTube video of the speech.  If the video has poor audio, I guess it wouldn't be fair to give the two students who completed the paper (or however many there end up being) extra credit, and alter the grading scale down for the other students? Or, should I just find another speech for the rest of the class to write about (again, assuming that the video is inaudible)? Any other (better)choices?

 on: Today at 01:42:59 PM 
Started by spork - Last post by spork


 on: Today at 01:40:05 PM 
Started by octoprof - Last post by womanofproperty
Because I played my clarinet all weekend (as in 9-4 both days), and again on Monday evening, I have the mother of all cold sores on my lower lip.

Can your doctor prescribe valacyclovir for this?

 on: Today at 01:39:41 PM 
Started by elsie - Last post by crumpet
I moved into my new apartment just after term started, which meant that I did things like dump books on shelves without organizing them. My two priority tasks:

(1) Organize my books (I have lots of them!) and donate some of the old, crumbling ones
(2) Organize my clothes and get rid of some of them.

For some reason I find it difficult to dump clothing, but its got to happen. I only wear a small percentage of what I have.

 on: Today at 01:36:12 PM 
Started by voxprincipalis - Last post by theblondeassassin
A Jesus troll would look awesome on my dashboard.

 on: Today at 01:35:18 PM 
Started by octoprof - Last post by theblondeassassin
I didn't apply for a post. Now I see the list of people who did, and I'm clearly much better.

I'm pretty sure that I don't want the job though. I just want to be acknowledged as the best.

 on: Today at 01:33:57 PM 
Started by discipleofdfw - Last post by tabriz421
I always asked about the collegiality and collaboration among faculty.  I prefer to surround myself with benign people who are supportive of each other. :)

 on: Today at 01:31:14 PM 
Started by rowan1 - Last post by drbrt
For God's sake, you're 22 years old.  How hard is it to put your name on your paper?

Experimental probability suggests that it is very, very hard.

 on: Today at 01:29:26 PM 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by paddington_bear
My nausea might have finally passed (although I haven't really eaten anything to test that).  I might have to go campus later this afternoon to pick up the class 1 essays and to figure out what's the problem with a video the 100 students are supposed to watch in the lab.

*grade third of class 1  papers on Sat.
*grade another third of  class 1 papers on Sun.
*exercise on Sat.
*work on NP paper on Sat (and Sun?)
*class 2 prep
*grade half class 2 papers
*grade remaining class 2 papers

Semester goals
*confirm sabb app deadline
*apply for sabbatical by mid-Nov.
*submit ALA abstract?
*submit IGA abstract by Jan. 15
*work on NP paper twice a week
*be less easily aggravated
*take interesting things for lunch
*keep crap out of chair
*listen to music an hour a week
*read another fun book

Before start of spring semester
*read Lacks
*read Finney
*read Brown
*finish 240 syllabus
*finish 299 syllabus
*finish 100 syllabus

 on: Today at 01:26:34 PM 
Started by spalam01 - Last post by greyscale
I'm an extrovert, but I used to have serious social anxiety at conferences (...and everywhere). Now I've built up a good network of science contacts. The key for me is to make it about the science. It's networking but it might be better described as "getting my work out there."

Here's an anecdote as a postdoc & junior PI, if that's useful to you:
  • 2012: I nervously approached a top scientist in my field, Dr X, at a conference and mentioned that my work might be of interest to her since she'd just given a talk on a similar thing. We chatted a bit.
  • early 2013: My results got interesting and looked like they might overlap hers. I scheduled a skype call to suggest a collaboration.
  • late 2013: She chose me to give a talk at an important small conference full of experts in Structure of Thing Y. I was studying Function of Thing Y but discovered something about its structure. The Structure people were skeptical during my talk - but at lunch, a group came up to me and said: "We were dubious of your results, but Dr G told us she believes it and we should pay attention to it, so would you like to have lunch and tell us about it?"
  • 2014: I think she was a reviewer of my paper, and maybe others from that conference. Also, she mentions my results every time she gives a talk on her similar work. We are collaborating on some followup.

So, I was glad I got up the guts to talk to her at that conference. It helped me hugely when my postdoc advisor left science before we published, because I couldn't rely on him to be out there promoting our work.

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