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Book Review: Navigating Graduate School and Beyond

August 2, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri, Resources  

I just finished reading a great new book on career guidance for graduate students by Prof. Sundar Christopher: Navigating Graduate School and Beyond: A Career Guide for Graduate Students and a Must Read for Every Advisor. Written by the Chair of the Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, this book […]

Code of Conduct for Scientists Who Engage in Advocacy

July 1, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri  

The AAAS hosted a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation to address the issue of scientists expressing their opinions to influence an action, such as a political process. The results of this workshop can be downloaded from this web page. The bottom line is the Code of Conduct for Advocacy in Science by Nicholas […]

How much time do the academics spend reading the literature?

June 10, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri  

JISC Collections funded a study to examine the values of libraries to UK academics. The result “UK Scholarly Reading and the Value of Library Resources: Summary Results of the Study Conducted Spring 2011″ has been published. Here is a link to the PDF. From p. 8, “Of the 448 hours per year spent on scholarly […]

Potential Temperature: Warm and Cold?

June 14, 2011   Filed under Blog, Potpourri, Uncategorized, Writing  

Does it make sense to talk about air with high values of potential temperature or equivalent potential temperature as warm or cold? I don’t think so, so I recommend talking about “air with higher or lower potential temperature” instead. Although it is wordier than warm or cold, the meaning is precise.

Eloquent Science 4-GB flashdrives

June 2, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, News, Potpourri, Resources  

I have these nifty Eloquent Science 4-GB flashdrives for sale. They cost £10/€15/$15 if you see me in person, or add £3/€5/$6 for postage. The drive comes preloaded with lots of great resources: • Excerpts and outtakes from Eloquent Science • 21 direct links to online resources • 61 articles specifically designed to help develop […]

Thermodynamic diagrams for free

May 29, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Popular, Potpourri, Resources  

Upon packing up my house in Oklahoma, I discovered a small stash of Skew T–logp thermodynamic diagrams that I had saved when Charlie Crisp cleaned out his office at NSSL. (I also have a huge stash of blank U.S. surface maps, in case anyone is interested in them.) Geraint Vaughan at Manchester had been lamenting […]

How science progresses (a cynical viewpoint)

May 29, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Potpourri, Presentations  

This is one of the most hilarious movies I’ve seen about how science works (or doesn’t work, as the case may be). Although it is a discussion between two physicists, you can imagine your favorite subdisciplines in your own field interacting this way.

Are students prepared for university-level writing?

May 11, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri, Writing  

Kim Brooks has this essay “Death to High School English” published in Salon.com. She details her experiences with finding students who don’t know the basics of writing: composition, structure, thesis statements, grammar, punctuation, and plagiarism. My own experiences here in the UK with final-year environmental-science majors were remarkably similar to hers, so the problem isn’t […]

The Increasing Number of Open-Access Publishers: A Good Thing?

April 23, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri, Writing  

As a specialist in your field of research, we are pleased to invite you to contribute to our forthcoming Open Access book, XXXXXX. The book will be published by XXXXXX, Open Access publisher of books and journals in the fields of science, technology and medicine. XXXXX is a pioneer in the publication of Open Access […]

The most prestigious journal in the world

January 27, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Potpourri  

Caleb Emmons, Professor of Mathematics at Pacific University, is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Universal Rejection. The Web site of the journal promotes the advantages of the journal. You can send your manuscript here without suffering waves of anxiety regarding the eventual fate of your submission. You know with 100% certainty that […]

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