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December 1, 2011
Grad school isn’t easy. It is a marathon and a test of will. As grad students, we are expected to get perfect grades, teach, publish, apply for grants, and somehow find time to work on our dissertations. Many of us balance these demands with our roles as parents, spouses, and significant others. Trapped between the worlds of students and faculty, we face a number of unique challenges. Gradhacker was created in the spirit of drawing support from our fellow graduate students.
December 1, 2011
Lego League is in the home stretch. TB’s team has its big competition soon, so it’s ramping up the practice schedule. The team meets in the coach’s garage, in which he has a massive robot obstacle course where his car should be. The team consists of a half dozen boys, all around ten or eleven years old.
December 1, 2011
When I first began working at the University, I was absolutely terrified of making an idiot of myself. I had graduated ten years earlier with an honours degree in Psychology, and had done very little of academic note since then. And while I still don’t relish the idea of broadcasting my ignorance when it happens to come up, I have realized that faculty and administration do understand that everyone comes from diverse educational backgrounds: one person’s expertise in bats does not make another’s knowledge of tree rings any less significant or noteworthy.
December 1, 2011
Great expectations UK-style: foreign students = export earnings (in an era of austerity)
December 1, 2011
My campus is in the middle of a strategic planning process, and I have the good fortune of participating in the "digital" working group.
December 1, 2011
In geometry, we define “similar” structures as being of the same shape but of different sizes. I found myself thinking of this recently as we drove through a town in New York named “Ludingtonville.” It reminded me of a statue in the middle of my home town that shows a figure on a horse obviously shouting something to anyone who would listen.
December 1, 2011
If you create video content and use YouTube as your communications platform, then you have to check out the YouTube Creator Playbook. Billed as a compilation of important tips, best practices, and strategies, the Creator Playbook is a must-read for all levels of YouTube users. It literally is 70 pages of awesome. Seriously, if you want to get better at using YouTube, read the Creator Playbook.
December 1, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, some economists from UMass published an open letter of support for the Occupy movements around the USA and the world. Maybe it was simply in the spirit of public scholarship, maybe it was an attempt to expiate some of the responsibility of their profession for recent failures, maybe it was just a case of having "enjoyed" about as much as they could stand. Regardless, their statement has now been signed by over 250 of their professional colleagues -- a significant portion of the profession is speaking truth to power
December 1, 2011
Last week a new custodian, while emptying my office trash, took one look at a framed photo of my daughter and asked me brightly, “Is that your granddaughter?” I graciously corrected him and continued working. When I mentioned this to friends their responses were uniformly horrified. It is a truth universally acknowledged that telling a woman she’s old is an unforgivable insult.
November 30, 2011
Meet Dave.  Dave doesn’t exist, but his real-life counterparts do. 



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