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Meet the GradHackers Week - I

GradHacker returns from its summer hiatus. We're introducing our authors, both new and returning, and also sharing some classic back-to-school posts from the archives.

August 10, 2014

Greetings, GradHacker readers! We’re back from our summer hiatus and look forward to another year of conversation about how to make the most of our time in graduate school—both inside and outside the classroom. Please join the discussion here at Inside HigherEd, at our Facebook page, or on Twitter.

We’ll begin regular posting again on Monday, August 18. This week, we invite you to “Meet the GradHackers.” The old hands include both editors and a number of permanent authors. We are also welcoming five new authors, and a new Managing Editor. We’ve asked everyone to share a bit about themselves, their graduate work, and their non-scholarly lives so you could become acquainted with the 2014-15 GradHacker team. At the bottom of each post, check out a few of our favorite back-to-school classics from the GradHacker archives.

Alex Galarza (Editor)

I recently returned from Argentina where I was doing fieldwork for my PhD in Latin American history at Michigan State. My research examines the political, social, and economic impact of soccer clubs in Buenos Aires. I’ve just begun working as the Digital Liberal Arts Fellow at Hope College in their Mellon Scholars Program. I also co-founded footballscholars.org, a web platform for soccer scholarship. Check out my website or follow me on Twitter.

Justin Dunnavant (Permanent Author)

This will be my second year writing for GradHacker and my fifth year as a graduate student at the University of Florida. My research focuses on historical archaeology in Ethiopia, blending archaeological methods with oral history to study collective memory and hermeneutics. I was recently awarded a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship and will spend this year working towards my qualifying exams and dissertation proposal. I look forward to exploring my interests in tech, productivity, and general lifehacks as they relate to graduate school.

Katie Shives (Permanent Author)

This will be my third year as a Gradhacker author and my fourth as a Microbiology PhD candidate at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. My research aims to define the cellular signaling pathways that the West Nile Virus utilizes to promote translation of the viral genome in neuronal cells. When not working in the lab, I enjoy writing about the soft skills that graduate students can cultivate to succeed in the modern workplace. You can follow my science writing at MicrobeMatters.org and everything else at my blog kdshives.com and on Twitter.

Michelle Lavery (New Permanent Author)

I’m in my second year of my MSc in fisheries biology at the Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of New Brunswick. My thesis project investigates Atlantic salmon egg survival and development in the Miramichi River, and my fieldwork involves a lot of snowmobiling, fishing, and camping. In between backwoods trips, I look forward to my first year writing with GradHacker. I’m excited to share the STEM perspective, and confer with graduate students in other disciplines. You can follow my adventures and ecology-related thoughts on Twitter or tumblr!

Lesley McCollum (New Permanent Author)

I am entering the final year of my PhD at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This year I am wrapping up my research on the pathology of schizophrenia in human brain tissue. I use electron microscopy to study synaptic connections in the brain in effort to get a better understanding of what causes the illness. I am excited to join the GradHacker community as a new author and am looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned in grad school.

From the GradHacker Archives

Andrea Zellner, “Grad School Made Me Stupid”

Katy Myers, “Rules for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse or Your First Year in Grad School”

Amy Rubens, “Squeeze it Like a Lemon; Soak it Up Like a Sponge. Your ‘Senior Year’ in Grad School”



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