Category Archives: academics

Acknowledgments first! Stop stealing your own thunder.


via Why do people blow the punchline in scientific talks? The destructive effect of acknowledgements slides I’ve been trying to get my students to do this for quite some time now. Josh Schimel explains better than I why this is … Continue reading

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More nails in the yeti/bigfoot coffin


The pseudoscientific business of belief in undescribed hominids wandering the wilder places of our planet marches on like a yeti across an alpine snowfield. I found this Barry Gibb-resembling bigfoot at Pike’s Peak in Colorado last summer, and it was … Continue reading

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The Eisenhower Matrix, and a step toward greater productivity


If you want to be more productive in reaching some goal, you can make the decision that “Tomorrow I’m going to be different!” Every time I do that, however, it doesn’t pan out. Rarely can someone just decide to change … Continue reading

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AUTHOR BLOG: To the Grasshopper Sparrow, the Grass May Be Greener on the Other Side — Auk & Condor Updates


Emily Williams Linked paper: Patterns and correlates of within-season breeding dispersal: A common strategy in a declining grassland songbird by E.J. Williams and W.A. Boyle, The Auk: Ornithological Advances 135:1, January 2018. Late in the summer of 2013, when Alice … Continue reading

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Organizational skill? No, organizational planning.


Are you naturally organized?  No, me neither. About 7 billion people on this planet right now could probably benefit from increased organization in their lives to manage short-term obligations and achieve long-term goals. The good news is that we don’t … Continue reading

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Writing an effective cover letter: a flowchart for success


I engage in quite a bit of professional development in my classes, and one of them includes the drafting of a cover letter. The students are required to peruse opportunities on a job-posting website (I send them to this one … Continue reading

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What words mean . . .


actually matters. Here in the US, there’s an unfortunate stereotype that someone who encourages the proper use of words and grammatical structures is a pedantic jerk.  If you do this, you might even be an intellectual snob in anti-intellectual America.  … Continue reading

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