Has anybody asked you yet how you spent the summer you had “off”? Did you see red?
My summer was busy. I went to three major conferences (a major feat for someone who conferences as an introvert. I read and commented on an endless river of thesis chapters and manuscripts. I did some writing of my own. And finally, since it was the summer “break”, I took two weeks of vacation – during which, controversially, I did a little bit of work.
I also posted a few things on Scientist Sees Squirrel, and if your summer was as busy as mine, you may have missed some of them. Here’s a selection.
- Can you name a species for yourself? Has anyone ever?
- Things I learned from three role models – a bit saccharine, but I think important.
- My battles with the passive voice, and a call to write as I say, not as I do.
- Admitting you don’t know things – on a qualifying exam, or at any time in life.
- Speaking of not knowing things: how I was a fish out of water as an examiner for a poetry thesis.
- This one got some folks riled up: Why Most Studied Populations Should Decline.
- And finally: advice is usually offered by old fogeys to early-career folk. But sometimes it’s us old fogeys who need the advice. Here’s some about how we should behave at conferences.
Welcome to the new academic year!
© Stephen Heard (firstname.lastname@example.org) September 8, 2016