If there’s one thing I learned at ScienceOnline2011 (a gathering of journalists, writers, and scientists), it’s that science communicators should tell stories, not just facts. Us scientists sometimes have blinders on—facts are what we need, want, and crave. A ‘gut feeling’ certainly won’t pass peer review. But oftentimes it is a gut feeling that leads . . . → Read More: Scientists, what’s YOUR story?
Unfortunately, only open to UK residents (for full funding) or EU members (for partial funding). Check it out if you are looking for what looks to me like a really cool PhD project in Belfast! PhD position in invertebrate physiology and evolution Application Deadline: 11 January 2010 We are looking for candidates for a PhD . . . → Read More: Awesome PhD Opportunity for UK Residents
I successfully defended my dissertation thesis today at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. The presentation went well, 45 minutes exactly. Following that, I was grilled for 2.5 hours on subjects ranging from species distributions to taxonomy, and from fisheries regulation to gelological history. At the end, Committee Members Drs. Ian MacDonald, Stephen Cairns, Wes Tunnell, . . . → Read More: Please, call me Doctor
When the Graduate Student Handbook says PhD candidates will be submitting a book-length manuscript, they’re not kidding. Thursday I turned over my draft dissertation – 185 pages of deep thoughts about octocorals in the Gulf of Mexico. Within 5 minutes of discussion about the weight of the paper (~ 3 lbs. ) and the . . . → Read More: Dissertation emancipation
Word from Tallahassee is that oceanography may be out at FSU! Florida State administrators this afternoon released a draft of proposed wide-sweeping cutbacks at the university, based on current reductions in state revenue. If enacted, they would dramatically alter the university as we know it. Twenty-one degree programs at FSU would be eliminated, including anthropology, . . . → Read More: Oceanography On the Chopping Block