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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

Maximize the benefit of Conference travel!

Mathemagical Conservation

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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Guide to Graduate School Grief

Sweet Tea, Science

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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