April 20, 2015

3:04 PM | LoVe ME some LOPC
Food is crucial for all creatures great and small. Especially this creature. Our first day on the boat had an early start and we spent the night in Svolvær hotels which made it possible for us to board FF Helmer Hanssen early the next morning. But there was a problem. Breakfast at my hotel was served at 9am. We left at 7:30am. And I was hungry. Fortunately for me (and more so for others around me) one of the cruise participants had ordered breakfast packages from her hotel for us the […]
8:59 AM | LoVe ME Research
And we have set sail! Members of the Lofoten-Vesterålen Marine Ecology Research cruise set out April 19 for a week long research cruise. As the name implies, our area of study is the Lofoten-Vesterålen area including fjords and Hola. Lofoten-Vesterålen is significant both economically and ecologically and any Norwegian can tell you the area has always been important to the cod fishery. An aim of our research cruise is to study on the small scale. Fine scale resolution will […]

April 18, 2015

11:37 PM | Leonard Euler
This week we celebrated Euler’s birthday on 15th and I thought I need to write something about him. In my (almost) 4 years of university I have heard his name a lot of time. And this is a thing especially because at most of my courses the teachers don’t say anything about the mathematicians that […]

April 16, 2015

11:59 PM | Belfast for one Day
If you saw on my Facebook Page I went to Belfast for one day just to sort some things for my VISA . In case you don’t know I have been accepted to participate in a summer school in USA and because I am Romanian I need to get a VISA. So, I had to […]

April 14, 2015

10:00 PM | Blog Slacker Gives Peak into Real Life
Meridith and I were commiserating yesterday that we had been STS Slackers.  But, y'all, real life (RL) got so real these past few weeks.  Meridith is studying for her qualifying exams, and my lab mate and I have been racing against phenology to get our projects in the field.  We study the same invasive plant and have actually been experimenting with an amazing work sharing system.  More on that later, probably.Anyway, all that to say, getting two blog posts out a month […]
7:00 PM | Sink or Swim?
This post is the joint effort of Victoria Graham and Michelle Redman-MacLaren, both of James Cook University. Victoria is passionate about conservation biology and has dedicated the last four years studying just this. She loves to write and is currently completing an MPhil at James Cook University investigating the potential of a carbon incentive scheme […]
12:51 AM | A week of tame foxes
“You're checked all the way through to... some place I can't pronounce,” said the woman who was checking me in at my small local airport in Illinois.Novosibirsk. It is the third largest city in Russia, located in south-western Siberia. It is the location of the Novosibirsk State University, one of the best universities in Russia, where the Institute of Cytology and Genetics maintains Belyaev’s tame foxes.(You may already know about the fox domestication project, but if you […]

April 12, 2015

5:26 PM | Carnival of Mathematics #121
Finally the 121st edition of Carnival of Mathematics, a great idea of The Aperiodical!!  I am extremely exited to host this. In case you don’t know much about this carnival I encourage you to read more The Aperiodical and maybe you could be the next host. So, lets get started! ^_^  Understanding 121: Firstly, 121 is not […]

April 08, 2015

7:43 PM | Reading for Pleasure
A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine suggested me a book to read in my free time. She wasn’t sure I will like the subject of it, but she told me I would totally like the conversations and some of the characters. She was right!! ^_^ The book is The Fault in Our […]

April 07, 2015

7:00 PM | Supervisor or superhero?
At the end of March I attended the 2nd International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education and Training at Oxford University (the program is online here if you are interested). I enjoyed catching up with colleagues in the ‘hallway track’ and hearing about new stuff happening in various universities. In particular I was impressed by […]

April 06, 2015

4:03 PM | Crystals in Chemistry: Wait, What?
This is the first in a multi-part post about crystals in chemistry. Stay tuned for more!I have been spending a lot of time on crystallizations lately. (Read: I have been a very sad chemist lately.) Last week, as I was hanging dejectedly out of the glove box like some shamed medieval peasant, peering into impossibly dark solutions looking for the smallest sign of a crystal, it occurred to me that these little nuggets of perfection might be the kind of thing that people want to read about.What […]

April 05, 2015

3:36 PM | March Favorites
Hi, everyone! I thought it would be a good idea to do the March Favorites after all (This Week). So, with no further comment lets start the favorites list: 1. Favorite quote(s): I have 2 quotes this month and they problem represent my feelings this month. The first quote was perfect for the 1st part of […]

April 02, 2015

8:18 PM | Using Labguru to facilitate better research collaboration
Scientific research is a team sport. You’d be hard pressed to find a scientist who doesn’t actively collaborate with at least one other lab. There are clear benefits. Within and across specialties, researchers that work together leverage knowledge sharing, expertise and facilities generating better and more interesting publications. It’s happening across sectors as well. Pharma and academia are welcoming collaborations which speed up discoveries and provide fresh ideas […]

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 […]
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