Category Archives: Fun

Voices

One of the advantages of being “Beyond the PhD” is having enough time to do all of those things I used to want to do when all of my time was taken up by writing up. After handing in my corrections, and … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Listen while you work

I feel sorry for PhD students who prefer to work in silence. Most students (and postdocs) will be assigned a desk in a shared office. Lab-dwelling students cannot realistically expect a quiet working environment. Jenny describes the sounds of science: … Continue reading

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Londoners by Craig Taylor and the A to Z

I moved to London in 2005. After a few weeks living here I concluded that the two most useful things to give a new visitor to the capital would be an Oyster card and a London A to Z. Now, having … Continue reading

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PhD Comics Movie Review

Piled Higher and Deeper – the popular PhD comic – has been made into a movie. The movie is touring campuses around the world. Find a screening near you, or watch the trailer: Imperial College Union‘s Graduate Student Association hosted … Continue reading

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Book Review – Misha Angrist Here is a Human Being

I was reading this book on a train. My friend and fellow passenger asked me what I was reading, and then, whether it was for work or for pleasure. I was momentarily flummoxed. There’s meant to be a difference? Given … Continue reading

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Book Review – Lewis Wolpert on aging

I first came across Lewis Wolpert via his textbook Principles of Development which, to my mind, struck the right balance between seriousness and humour. “Principles of Development” captured the sense of wonder Wolpert feels for his research area, developmental biology. … Continue reading

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