Author Archives: Erika Cule

Where in the world?

Quiz question: where were these two photos taken? For bonus points: add a photo of yourself in the same location to this nascent collection…

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Unexpectedly transferable skills

The transferable skills developed over the course of a PhD have been a recurring theme on this blog. I have blogged both about being trained and, later, about training other students, in the skills that might be useful beyond the office, lab, … Continue reading

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Notebooks

Back in 2009 the day, in a discussion on the recently archived Nature Network, I mentioned that I liked to draft blog posts the old-fashioned way. I wrote that “It is easier to get started with a pen and paper than a … Continue reading

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Paying it forward

Once the corrections to my thesis had been approved by my examiners, I ordered copies bound in regulation purple and submitted one to Imperial College Library. As of March this year, a purple bound copy is no longer required – … Continue reading

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The supporting cast

A PhD is, by definition, a lonely endeavour. My fellow students and I were taught the fundamentals of team work as part of our transferable skills training, only for one academic to comment that for a career in academia, they would … Continue reading

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Margaret McCartney at Skeptics in the Pub

Back in 2009, Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google, said in an interview I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. More recently, his review of Nate Silver‘s The Signal and the Noise, Larry … Continue reading

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Dénouement

Last week: The ever-helpful @OccamT crew are giving @erikacule viva (thesis defense) tips & anecdotes via email. Hope we haven’t scared her too much… 13 March 2013 6:32 pm via webReplyRetweetFavorite @enniscath Cath Ennis @enniscath we’ll drive her to vodka … Continue reading

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Science Online 2013 without the carbon footprint

Science Online 2013 kicked off yesterday in North Carolina. For those of us who are not able to make it to the conference in person, watch parties the world over facilitate virtual attendance. In the UK, Eva Amsen and I … Continue reading

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Sacrifice and Submission

Narratives of sacrifice are woven into many stories about research. Nobel laureate Dr Barry Marshall famously drank a culture of Helicobacter pylori in order to demonstrate that the bacterium is indeed the causative agent of stomach ulcers. Closer to my … Continue reading

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Impressions of ASHG 2012

Whilst most of the science blogosphere my science blogging colleagues were getting stuck in to Science Online London 2012, I was at the closing plenary of the 62nd meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. If solo12 is the home … Continue reading

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