Monthly Archives: September 2018

Networking that works

Networking that works

Does everyone keep telling you that the key to a successful career is to have great networks? Well, I hate to be the one to say it again, but it’s true. Having great networks makes working life – and research life in particular – much, much easier and more fun. Where I diverge from much […] … learn more→

More Professors letting students pick their grades

More Professors letting students pick their grades

At many schools, faculty face tremendous pressure to pass students, even if those students never demonstrate understanding of the material…even if they ever even show up. I’ve certainly been at places where I felt I needed permission to fail students, both from the student and from admin. Every single time there’s been a problem with […] … learn more→

The weird world of one-sided objects

The weird world of one-sided objects

You have most likely encountered one-sided objects hundreds of times in your daily life – like the universal symbol for recycling, found printed on the backs of aluminum cans and plastic bottles. This mathematical object is called a Mobius strip. It has fascinated environmentalists, artists, engineers, mathematicians and many others ever since its discovery in 1858 by August Möbius, […] … learn more→

MOOC: the revolution did not take place

MOOC: the revolution did not take place

Allowing anyone who wishes to attend the courses of the most prestigious universities, without prior diploma and from all over the world, this is the attractive prospect opened up by the rise of massive open online courses (MOOC) in From 2012. To support the institutions in the design of these online programs, the Ministry of Higher Education launched in […] … learn more→

I acted like a complete jerk to my students just to prove a point

I acted like a complete jerk to my students just to prove a point

During a recent lecture, I purposefully antagonized students. I belittled one student by criticizing him in front of others. I favored another student by telling other students they should be more like her. I responded impatiently to questions. I told one student his contribution to class was incompetent. Yes, I felt like a jerk by […] … learn more→

Why we must save the Endangered Species Act from the Trump administration

Why we must save the Endangered Species Act from the Trump administration

In the 1984-like Newspeak of the Trump Interior Ministry, officials are broadcasting plans to “modernize” and “improve” the Endangered Species Act, even as the Head of the Ministry issues decrees to undermine its reach and effectiveness. Since taking office, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has set out to eviscerate the act by restricting and manipulating […] … learn more→

Get ideal and bright career moves with reliable career advice

Get ideal and bright career moves with reliable career advice

No matter you are a student, just completed your graduation or a highly experienced professional, you need some central career planning that will become successful when you can get one professional to aid you in clarifying what is anticipated of you. You must always keep this in mind that at each stage of your career, […] … learn more→

A thesis supervisor, what's the point?

A thesis supervisor, what’s the point?

To embark on a doctorate is to accept to question one’s certainties and achievements to venture on previously unexplored fields. In this face-to-face three to five years at once exciting and challenging that engages with his subject, the young researcher is however not alone. As stated in the decree establishing the national framework for doctoral training in […] … learn more→

Means-tested fees come with a lower political price tag

Means-tested fees come with a lower political price tag

It is an intriguing coincidence that just as the Augar Review plunges England into yet another round of introspection on tuition fees, the biggest idea sweeping higher education finance across the globe is one that England itself abandoned for no particularly good reason about a decade ago. Between 1998 and 2006, the headline tuition fee […] … learn more→