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Visiting professorships

Life has an interesting symmetry to it. No I’m not talking about bilateral symmetry or any Endless Forms Most Beautiful. I’ve just completed my orientation for a 1 year position at my undergraduate alma mater, where I’ll be replacing the person who got me into lab work. In fact this is being typed on his…

Even kids in jr high can figure out that we’ve been spoon-fed some misconceptions of how scientists look and act. I wonder where they get these ideas from. Certainly not the media. They would never create caricatures of real people.

(I had this whole post ready talking about flexible representations, but now my computer is borked — stupid monitor! — so this is going to have to do.) Tyler Cowen over at Marginal Revolution links to a piece by a former editor at American Economic Review telling all about how papers are accepted for publication.…

You attended 5 classes of your Brain and Behavior course out of an 8 week summer session that meets daily, and stop going after the first exam. Which you failed. Repeating the exact same pattern from the previous semester when you were in my class. And then…. your MOM shows up at my class to…

One of my close colleagues got on eRA Commons and downloaded the challenge grants she was to review before eRA Commons went down for major upgrades in a majorly untimely fashion. This was a prudent move on her part since by the time eRA Commons would be accessible again, she would be traveling for multiple…

Challenge grant review assignments went out today. You know, the ones so essential to revitalizing the economy? Not surprisingly the reviews are due back soon- June 5th. To access the challenge grants you use eRA Commons. However, eRA commons is going to be offline for the next five days for a massive infrastructure upgrade. Which…

How much pain will buy you a meal?

My illustrious coblogger points out that by taking part in research studies, a graduate student can actually afford to do things like, well, eat. Normally relegated to scraping the crumbs off the post-seminar cookie tray, or sneaking into a urology luncheon and being forced to sit through an hour talk on ureter infections only to…

Where did the time go?

The semester is finally winding down. Kudos to Scicurious for holding down the fort. After teaching 3 courses on top of my 40+ hour-a-week lab job, I’m rather grateful. No wait, I’m frakkin’ ecstatic. Possibly rapturous. Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast being an instructor. Most notably my Basic Concepts students told me…

All work and no play

make Evil a dull monkey.

Checking in (out?)

The downside of this semester is that I am dog tired. Having 3 classes with exams all at once wasn’t a good idea when I still have to work 40+ a week. I haven’t had a day off in weeks. On the upside, I can afford to get the room reshingled. If the damn roofers…