Category Archives: Higher Ed
Science Daily: Physicists have found a formula for a Spiderman suit. Chemical & Engineering News: Tips for writing a journal article.
Philip Ball: Grainy tunes from sand dunes. Drek: Advice for Grad Students [Via Brayden King]. Paul Graham: “It doesn’t matter much where a given individual goes to college.“
In an interesting piece in Chronicle Review, Mark Oppenheimer urges graduate students (and professors too!) to be interested in (and better yet, contribute to) the broader intellectual discussions and debates (in such magazines as NYRB and NYTimes Book Review, Dissent, … Continue reading
Let’s face it: global rankings of universities are here to stay, despite their poor methodologies. Among them, the ranking by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University University probably deserves the award for the worst methodology. It gives a huge weight — … Continue reading
Here are the links to the complete series by Paul Gray and David E. Drew: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Put yourself in the shoes of a young, hot-shot post-doc who has got several offers for a faculty position, including one from a Great University in your field. Naturally, you are keen on joining GU, except for one small glitch. … Continue reading
[Even] with the NSTI [the Nano Science and Technology Initiative] in place, the level of funding has been sub-critical as compared to China with which India inevitably tends to be compared. In 2002, for example, compared to China’s $200 million, … Continue reading
Here’s a post-doc who suffered one of those nasty creatures that academic institutions seem to tolerate: In the course of my weekly meetings with Darth, which often included his research coordinator, I was “diagnosed” as defensive, paranoid, negative, pompous, arrogant, … Continue reading
… of the infamous Larry Summers episode is just a few days away, and it is time for both his supporters and opponents to get ready for another round of arguments. It is interesting that though Summers himself has moved … Continue reading
Over at Cosmic Variance, Sean Carroll offers some guidelines, which are probably not for everyone. But do read them anyway, for they provide an interesting window into how some of the physics departments choose their students.