A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte Have you ever encountered an idea that has made you stay up at night? Something that makes you think, “This could change everything if it takes off. What will the future look like with[…]
Guess what? The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies approved legislation last Wednesday that cuts into the budgets of the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and various other science-related grant programs. I realize that the deficit is an issue, but we have[…]
In my previous article, I hope that I made it exceedingly clear that working conditions in graduate-level research have gone off the rails. So now, what do we do about it? Where can we go? Are we totally screwed? No.
I consider myself lucky when it comes to graduate school life. I have everything in balance, and I feel that my productivity and creativity are enhanced by this fact. I owe a large part of this to the culture of my research group, and I am thankful to my adviser[…]
I was reading an article posted on Press X or Die recently that discussed difficulty in gaming, much like I did a couple months ago. I found myself grinning and clapping like an idiot because the writer there had the same idea on what differentiates challenge from frustration. God Hand[…]