Do’s and Don’ts for Preparing for Your Thesis Committee Meeting

Do’s and Don’ts for Preparing for Your Thesis Committee Meeting

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Every year, after passing the dreaded preliminary oral exam, Ph.D. students are required to meet with their thesis advisory committee (TAC) to assess their progress and plan future work. These meetings can be incredibly valuable, and they provide important check-ins during the sometimes chaotic day-to-day lab work. While preparing for my last TAC meeting, I(...)

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Responsibility Without Blame: An Interview with Philosopher Hanna Pickard

Responsibility Without Blame: An Interview with Philosopher Hanna Pickard

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Hanna Pickard, D.Phil., is a professor and chair of philosophy of psychology at the University of Birmingham, and is a recently announced Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. Her work focuses on philosophy of mind, moral psychology and clinical ethics. Her philosophy is grounded in real-world issues, informed by her clinical experience and biomedical research, and(...)

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Left- vs. Right-Brained: Why the Brain Laterality Myth Persists

Left- vs. Right-Brained: Why the Brain Laterality Myth Persists

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You might have heard artists say they’re right-brained or mathematicians say they’re left-brained. Maybe when you were a kid someone noticed you were left-handed and told you that meant you were creative. The idea that some of us are “left-brained” and others are “right-brained” is extremely popular. But, like so many other appealing ideas, the(...)

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Tales of Dinosaurs Past

Tales of Dinosaurs Past

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Do you remember sitting in your first or second grade class learning about dinosaurs? I distinctly remember being taught that a huge rock hit the Earth, causing a tumultuous series of events that ultimately lead to their demise. What I didn’t know is that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to suggest that the asteroid hitting the(...)

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The Joy Is in the Ride!

The Joy Is in the Ride!

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As I turned the knob of the water fountain, I started musing about science blogs. Why should one write for a science blog? Could I not spend my time writing a review or focusing on that manuscript that is long overdue? What difference does it make? Is it worth spending the time and energy decoding(...)

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