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A simple thought on scientific research in grad school.

Working on a project for years can be arduous, exhausting and unsurprisingly lead to many dead ends. Finding motivation in these tough times is an obstacle faced by most grad students. Recently, while mulling over a short conversation I had with a colleague, I realized one of the principle sources of motivation for grad student researchers. (more…)

The DON’Ts – Advice on choosing a lab/supervisor


So you’ve decided to attend grad school…good for you…now come the tough choices…deciding where and with whom to spend these years… (more…)

When animals speak the language of love…

The language of love is well spoken among humans, especially on St-Valentine’s Day, but has remained hidden for certain creatures – particularly our pets and other animals. Whether this is because they lack speech to communicate or because we are oblivious to how to listen to them, the reasons remain unknown. However, some articles I read about these precious animals struck a chord in me and I could not prevent myself from humbly sharing with you their language of love. (more…)

Boundary, Scale, Object (Reading Groups)

The object of this blog entry is science and the humanities.  Approaching this object in such a broadly bounded way, such that I do not treat science/humanities as mutually exclusive separate entities, immediately defines the scale of my undertaking which is much too large to do justice in the space of 1000 words.

I am writing in response to Julian’s thought provoking piece on interdisciplinary work: http://blogs.mcgill.ca/gradlife/2010/10/19/interdisciplinary-work/

Our exchange revolves around a weekly lab discussion.  Each week our reading group, consisting of anthropologists, geographers and archaeologists, discusses a new topic led by a different person from the lab each week.  Last week we discussed complexity.

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Interdisciplinary work

Solipsism is so easy in research. We so easily become absorbed in our own thoughts that we leave humanity (and becomes the impersonation of the subject of our study :-() That’s why talking about research to any audience other than someone else in the field is so difficult… Recently, however, I had a discussion where Luke and I thrashed heartily, and Ria tried to come in, then left out of fear – in short, a discussion that was so tumultuous I want to put down some lessons learned.

Courtesy of http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13648/13648-h/13648-h.htm

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