April 01, 2015

1:19 PM | 13 Outright LIES Scientists Are Telling the Public
APRIL FOOLS! This blog still has integrity! But, while I'm posting, let me publicly thank those of you who filled out the feedback survey I posted a few weeks ago. I really appreciate hearing back from the readership about how the blog is going and thanks for your time.In other news, I'm focusing on my thesis work hardcore this semester, but I'm not dead! I've (We've?) got a few interesting things moving (slowly) through the pipeline, coming soon to a social media feed near you.So, stay tuned, […]

March 31, 2015

6:00 PM | Who should pay?
All PhD students know that the student-supervisor relationship is fraught with potential pitfalls. A recent letter I received highlights how important it is to establish clear rules between yourself and your supervisor regarding joint authorship of papers, especially when submitting a Thesis by Publication. The student was asking for advice for a friend and I […]

March 29, 2015

9:53 PM | Update, Stuff I’m Concerned About, Screaming
I don’t have much news and haven’t had much time to work on writing about my research. I had to take a few weeks off, after getting sick again. I’ve gotten sick a lot more than I am used to, since I moved to Europe. At first I thought it was just living abroad stress, […]
7:48 PM | This Week
Well, first time writing this kind of (personal) post, but I thought it will be a good way to let you all know why I haven’t been writing much lately and I won’t do much in the next period eighter. First, at university everything was doubled regarding homework or class work in general. I will […]

March 25, 2015

4:30 PM | Who funds dog research?
As I move through my training and think ahead to my future career, I wonder: who will pay for all this research I want to do on dogs? I have so many questions to ask!What changes happen in the canine brain as it enters, and then leaves, the socialization period?How is the brain of a fearful dog different from that of a confident dog?What are the genetic differences behind these variations?How do environmental differences (prenatal stress, early learning, adult life) change the brain?In other […]

March 24, 2015

6:00 PM | This is not just a post about Instagram
Early this year the Australian Prime Minister, who was under a bit of pressure about a questionable decision at the time, dismissed social media as ‘electronic graffiti’. People in my networks were outraged and, of course, took to social media to express their outrage. For a few days feelings were high, which resulted in a […]

March 23, 2015

1:45 AM | Projection
The patient was hacking sputum into a tissue when the resident and I entered his room. “How long have you had that cough?” “Oh this? As long as I can remember.” “But it’s been worse lately?” “Yeah.”... -- Read more on

March 22, 2015

1:06 AM | What a Mathematician should visit in Florence
Long time since I last posted something like this, but I do remember you enjoyed it a lot, so I thought that I should finally do this one. Yesterday was the 1st day of spring and soon it’s summer and most of us (including myself ^_^) still have to plan their summer holidays. As you […]

March 19, 2015

2:35 PM | Conferences to engage and build communities
Postdocs need to organize in order to make the future of research more efficient...

March 18, 2015

7:38 PM | Being an Involved Grad Student
A.K.A How to being involved AND score free mealsI'm a fairly involved graduate student. Rachel is as well. The benefits are numerous, but some of the top reasons we like to be involved include contributing to our respective departments and universities, building our C.V., access to amazing workshops/events/etc, in addition to always knowing where the free food on campus is located! Below are some of our top ways for you to get involved within your own programs!Check Your EmailsInbox Success! […]

March 17, 2015

6:00 PM | Four More Reasons People Quit the Ph.D.
This post is by Hillary Rettig, author The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block. Hillary lives with her partner, a physics professor at a midwest liberal arts college, and her two fabulous rescue dogs. She is a vegan, a free software/free culture advocate, a living kidney […]

March 15, 2015

5:47 PM | How 3 History PhD Students Used Podcasting to Harness “The Superstar Effect”
By Scott Rank Getting noticed in academia is enormously difficult. Scholars compete for attention by having fancy alma maters or getting published in prestigious journals – both of which have acceptance rates in the single digits. But three PhD students in history were largely able to sidestep this process. Each gained academic clout through unconventional means. They did it in ways that academic publishing or conference presentations would not have made possible. What do they […]

March 14, 2015

8:05 PM | I didn’t wake up before 9:26 today
First thing first, I am not really a morning person and even if I really wanted to wake up and post before 9:26 ( UK time) I couldn’t do it. But the good thing is that all day I’ve read so many interesting things about Pi that I wanted to share them with you. In […]
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March 12, 2015

6:42 PM | Living a healthy life
This is a guest post by Nick Stokes. Nowadays, it is hard to do a job and remain healthy in the process. As the world changes, most of the people are starting to live in cities. These urban environments are filled with pollution. Furthermore, we live fast paced lives with a lot of stress. Back…

March 10, 2015

11:53 PM | Marine taphonomy resources
Robert Boessenecker, of the blog The Coastal Palaeontologist, has compiled a wonderful list of marine taphonomy papers covering the last 5 years. When one comes from an auxiliary discipline, it's easy to miss some of the more recently published, relevant articles in marine vertebrate taphonomy. So, to help out anyone with an interest in the preservation of marine vertebrates - here's a (hopefully) comprehensive list of publications from the past 5 years that you may not have […]
6:00 PM | Book review: Writing for peer reviewed journals
Here at the Whisperer we know you read a lot, so we try to do some of the reading for you. There’s a lot of books out there on doing a PhD and being an academic – which ones should you buy? If you are a regular reader you will know that Pat Thomson and […]

March 09, 2015

3:29 PM | Contexts and cues: the reactive dog brain
A dog on leash, seeing another dog, explodes into a fury of barking and lunging. Reactive dogs, dogs who respond with arousal or aggression to what should be innocuous stimuli, can be very difficult for their owners to manage safely. I've written previously about hormonal changes in individuals experiencing this kind of arousal. But why do their brains trigger the stress response in such inappropriate situations in the first place?Learning and memoryPast learning, stored as memories, has a lot […]

March 08, 2015

2:38 PM | International Women’s Day
Today 8th of March we are celebrating the women around us, the women everywhere. I don’t want to write something very sweet (because you probably know better than me). Thus I thought it would be interesting to celebrate some women in mathematics. Enjoy! A. Maria Gaetana Agnesi - wrote the first book discussing both differential and integral […]

March 06, 2015

10:29 PM | Infinity Reloaded
A while ago I have written a post about infinity called Infinity and Beyond. At that point I haven’t encountered the concept much, but after that it appear more often in my math-life. Unfortunately it did not make things more clear for me, it just made more things hard to understand. I have done infinite series […]

March 05, 2015

7:09 PM | Questions to Ask when Choosing a Graduate Adviser
A few weeks back, my graduate group had its prospective student weekend, where all the top ranked applicants get to come and meet professors and current students.  Meeting and greeting all these hopeful students got me and a few others thinking about the process of choosing a graduate adviser.  STS wrote a bit about how to find and contact prospective PIs in the past, but that post doesn’t touch on how to make a decision once you have a few professors interested in working with […]
12:59 AM | Chemistry Literature Feature, Vol. VIII
Have you seen a good paper lately? Written one? Send it in and have it featured here! treetownchem@gmail.comIn this episode of the Chemistry Literature Feature, we'll take a look at sticky slides that trap bacteria for disease identification, cheap iron catalysts that make expensive chiral molecules, and an experiment with way too many lasers. But first, how precise is your day-to-day performance?Overheard at Michigan"I feel like I don't suck at science today. Yesterday, I definitely did, but […]

March 03, 2015

9:53 PM | 1st Conference
I have been saying for a long time that I would tell you what happened to this ‘magic’ conference, and here it is: the resume for my 1st presentation at a conference. First of all Tomorrow Mathematicians of Today Conference is organized by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (London) and it took place in York. […]
8:14 PM | Brain regions and their functions
[Note: this infographic is intended for use in my online class, The Canine Brain: From Neurons to Behavior, which starts tomorrow (March 3, 2015). Check it out if dog brains interest you, and/or if you're a dog trainer looking for CEUs!]
6:00 PM | My thesis is a cupcake, not a dragon
My twin sister, Anitra Nottingham, finished her masters by research in the Faculty of education at the University of Melbourne last year. She sent me this post when she was towards the end of her project in a moment of clarity… My friend Kevin has a Ph.D. His dissertation is about folklore, which means knows […]
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