I am alienated by proms I am alienated by masculine-feminine dancing in pairs Straight teeth, skin unscathed as porcelain I am alienated by your purchasing power Driving along a highway, wind brushing against the windows Your disregard of spending, of tomorrow, of class dynamics, of unburden spaces I am alienated by your rather fault-finding inquiry … Continue reading Alienation
The first time I've heard of the CV of failures is when a Princeton professor posted one. I've been meaning to write mine ever since. So here it is (open here). A CV serves as a narrative of one's career. To list only the accomplishments is telling half of the story or more accurately it's … Continue reading Staying grounded: my CV of failures
Tag-araw na naman. Matatapos na ang klase. Panahon na para maglayag. ----- Naaalala ko ang mga byahe na ako lang mag-isa. Eto yung mga panahon na feeling ko lahat possible. Mga panahon na tila iisa ang paligid at ang aking presensya. Tinatawag ako muli ng hangin, ngunit binabaon ako ng lupa. Parati akong lumilingon, tinatanaw … Continue reading Pataba sa lupa
I guess one would not fully understand the difficulty of awarding grants unless you become part of a committee evaluating the applicants. Today, I came from a meeting of graduate students giving out USD5000 awards. The decision is almost split when the assembly discussed whether to include GPA/transcript as part of the criteria. In general, … Continue reading Don’t take rejections seriously
I was trained as a scientist for more than 10 years now although there’s always been a part of me fascinated with the idea of forging science with other fields. Immediately after I finished my master’s degree in science, I enrolled in two non-degree courses, macroeconomics, and microeconomics. IT WAS WONDERFUL! Or to be specific, … Continue reading My love-hate relationship with economics
One of the best things you can do while travelling to a conference has nothing to do with the conference itself — visiting another University.
These days, with most airlines operating via a hub-and-spoke model, we rarely get direct flights to conferences. This is especially true if we live in small college towns or if most of the conferences we attend are overseas.
So why not visit a research group on your way to or from the conference?
- Often the meetings you have visiting a University are far deeper and more meaningful than at a conference
- You get to visit laboratories/field sites and see their experimental setups in person.
- You get to see the same project through different lenses, meeting lab techs, undergrads, PhD students, postdocs and Professors
- You get to give a seminar to a usually quite large audience compared to a conference with multiple parallel sessions
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Hi friends. I’m glad to be back in this space. I hope you enjoyed reading Meridith’s life update last week. While we all have our own struggles, my year has been particularly difficult. This is your warning that I’m going to talk a lot about death and grief, so if you’re not in the place to read about that, I totally understand if you bail now. I’ve bailed on a lot over the past 365+ days. But, bailing out means keeping your boat floating, and, with lots of help, I’ve managed to do that too.
“To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.” –Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
I want to write about this, in the imperfect way I am able, because I know it will help someone else to read it. Maybe you? We know…
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I have been deflecting for a few months now. I have been keeping myself busy, reading books, focusing on my classes, writing papers just to not confront the fact that I’m leaving soon. I’m joining my dream program, of course, I am beyond excited! But the weight of being away for 5+ years still hasn’t … Continue reading Thoughts on leaving
We have a rule in bioinformatics to not reinvent the wheel. Most likely students that came before us already addressed the concern we’re having now. This is applicable to many aspects of life. We have to acknowledge that we are not the first person on the planet, someone, somehow experienced the same road blocks as … Continue reading Some advice for graduate students in the sciences
I am new to the process of scientific publication. As of the moment, I have two publications, one is open access (OA) and the other is not. I've noticed that our OA paper received more reads in ResearchGate compared to the non-OA paper. One of the reasons is probably because we didn't upload the full … Continue reading Making my non-open access article publicly available