Dealing with administrative grief

Dealing with administrative grief

One of the most difficult things I’ve had to deal with whilst working on my PhD is managing the expectations of my university. In the end, I realised we were working towards two different goals. While we both wanted me to complete the PhD, our relationship was more complicated than that. My Graduate School and […] … learn more→

Kinds of cotton

Kinds of cotton

Cotton is one of the most popular textile materials. Thanks to its properties it is widely used in the textile industry. It is also a great material for coffee filters, fishing nets or bondages and cosmetics. It is purely natural and originates from plants. It is gathered from Gossypium seeds. Cottons has definitely more advantages […] … learn more→

Top 7 International schools in Singapore 

Top 7 International schools in Singapore 

Choosing a school for higher studies can be both tough and frustrating. There are tons of things you need to take into consideration before you can finally select the right one. But when you have picked the ideal institution, everything will surely be worth it. In case you are planning to pursue quality education, then […] … learn more→

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→