“It is disrespectful to the speaker to show up to a lab meeting – especially one at which a student is giving a practice presentation for an upcoming comprehensive exam and has specifically asked for feedback – without a pen, paper, laptop, tablet, or any other means of taking notes. It signals that you’re only there because you have to be, and that you have no expectation of learning anything useful or interesting, or of contributing any feedback”.
(Too busy for real posts. Grant season. One grant going in on Friday, two on September 15th, one on October 3rd, two on October 15th. See you at Hallowe’en).