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 on: Today at 11:55:04 pm 
Started by t_folk - Last post by bcohlan1
The Superbowl came to my town
In black and gold merch, I may drown
The wings and the beer dip
Are starting to drip

 on: Today at 11:53:53 pm 
Started by zoelouise - Last post by mntwins
That's great news Citrine!  Glad you got some alone time while Nephew had fun with other family members.

 on: Today at 11:28:30 pm 
Started by rogerwilco - Last post by liquidambar
I think people's responses to this are going to be shaped a lot by what their field is and how dependent on funding it is.

If you can remain somewhat active in research without funding, I don't see what the big deal in going without funding is.  I'm not tenured yet, and I've already basically given up on NSF funding.  Having served on a panel, it's clear to me that, unless I have some exceptional new idea better than all the ideas I've had, I'm not going to get NSF funding.  I have travel funding from a foundation, and I think traveling and talking to other people helps my research and the research of others, but, as a pure mathematician, more money doesn't really help my research much.  The NSF generally stopped funding graduate students through PI grants in mathematics quite a few years ago, so it's not like I could fund a student even if I did get a grant.  All this is fine with my R2 department (most of which also does not have major federal funding).

Presumably your field has had time to find other ways of funding grad students.  Since math departments do a lot of service teaching, I assume TA slots are more readily available.  In departments like mine that rely on grad student research to function, and rely on federal funding to pay the grad students, we can't have too many PIs run out of funding at the same time or the whole system will fail.  We don't have many TA positions available.

There's also a stigma associated with having insufficient funding and/or too few grad students compared with other members of the department.  Somebody in that situation would be rated low during our annual reviews and passed over for raises even if they were doing great research.  Their salary wouldn't keep up with cost of living increases.

 on: Today at 11:28:29 pm 
Started by treehugger1 - Last post by euro_trash
Has discussion of the Air Force or navy come up?

 on: Today at 11:27:59 pm 
Started by tijuanafina - Last post by totoro
In my field it's considered obnoxious for some reason to state how many citations you have. So, I just have a link to Google Scholar in the header of my CV.

 on: Today at 11:26:53 pm 
Started by etpo2205 - Last post by totoro
This will be pretty field dependent but I have often revised a book chapter and published it as a journal article. So, this sounds similar to me.

 on: Today at 11:19:59 pm 
Started by zoelouise - Last post by citrine
How exciting, mystic!

Nephew and I came back to RelativeCity this weekend. He spent today going snowtubing with two of his cousins, his dad, and two of his grandparents, and then tonight we had dinner with two of his other grandparents, his dad, and his other two uncles. Tomorrow we will go see his great-grandmother.  He loves getting to spend time with his relatives.

I love spending time with them, too, and I also enjoy getting to take a break while he has fun with other adults. While he went tubing, I took myself out for a nice lunch and then came back to my dad's house and read part of a novel. 

My brother continues to make great strides in maintaining his sobriety (almost three years!). If he keeps this up, he could go back into the line of work that he had to leave because of his drinking and drugging. That would be wonderful for him. Nephew adores his daddy and so I am really hoping that my brother can stay clean so that he can stay a part of Nephew's life. 

 on: Today at 11:19:50 pm 
Started by voxprincipalis - Last post by leobloom
Come on now, that small department now has how many, three spousal couples? They're too busy hiring their spouses to offer you a job.

 on: Today at 11:18:53 pm 
Started by pathogen - Last post by totoro
I usually tell students - No-one but your examiners/committee will ever look at your dissertation and so it is important to publish it. But of course, there is a trade off. If it is easy to turn the dissertation into papers to submit then you should do it. If it is going to take a lot of work then maybe it is better to work on newer and more relevant stuff. Lots of things I have started over my career I have given up on. Sunk costs and all that.

 on: Today at 10:54:33 pm 
Started by rogerwilco - Last post by k_guy
It's nice of you to try to help your grad students as best you can. I wouldn't feel too badly about their support ending if they knew how many years of funding you had when they started with you.

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