10/07/2018 at 11:29 PM #2214
Can’t remember if it’s been covered yet, but what about the Acknowledgements section in manuscripts or a thesis? A colleague once enlightened me that this section can be useful for peer review. He said a previous mentor use to acknowledge key competitors for their ‘valuable discussions’ in a sneaky way to exclude them from peer review due to conflict of interest. However, I’m unsure if this approach works as it depends on the editor reading this section…
On a side note, apparently the engineering faculty at a local uni has a tradition for students to access the hard copy of their thesis stored at the library and leave a $50 note in the acknowledgments section. The idea is to reward anyone who happened to read their thesis! (I’m also dubious to this story, as logically some poor student looking for beer money would just go through them all and cash in..)17/07/2018 at 2:07 PM #2215
This is a great topic! We’ll be recording it soon! I’d never heard about that sneaky way to keep competitors from reviewing – genius!
Have you ever gone to find $50?
Andy18/07/2018 at 1:14 AM #2216
First off, I love the show so much! Really a great program. I have a question, so I heard on this week’s PPoP about how science wouldn’t be the kind of supervisor that leaves for three months saying, “have fun!” I am an undergrad researcher and have been trying to work with my supervisor on a project in a field that I don’t really know much about, and he has been done exactly that. Last I heard from him, he wanted to set up weekly lab meetings, that email was sent about a month ago. It would be fine if this was a project that I knew the techniques for, but I am hella lost. What should I do? I don’t know if this is meant to be for the full pod, but I am very lost and don’t want to be a nagging student always asking questions but also don’t want to just not do anything all summer…18/07/2018 at 1:20 AM #2217
Oh I forgot to say, but I am an undergrad not a grad student. The whole project was a sort of learning experience and not about getting very much publishable results which takes some pressure off, but now I am not learning anything and just stuck.18/07/2018 at 9:27 AM #2218
I’m so happy you like the show – we love making it too!
It sucks that your supervisor just headed off without much thought. We’ll discuss it in our next recording and hopefully give you some advice on how we’d handle things. In the interest of speed, I’ll also get Cameron and Gibbo to respond here.19/07/2018 at 1:17 PM #2221
Yo from BigSon aka Falcon aka Bulk Phoenix aka T-bone aka G-money to hinjerbiochem. My thoughts on the “disappearing supervisor” problem are as follows
– Try to find a senior member of the research group such as a postdoc or PhD student and ask if they can give you any help or assistance. Sometimes in lab groups its the research staff or senior students who do the “defacto” supervising of students
– Keep e-mailing your supervisor. If someone has taken you on to supervise you in a project they have a responsibility to help and assist you in that project. E-mails are also a written record of your communication and you never know if in the future you may need to provide evidence that you were doing your best to get guidance from your supervisor. If you are getting no responses then keep sending a couple of e-mails a week until you get a response
– In your e-mails ask your supervisor if there is anyone you can go to for assistance. The “disappearing supervisor” is often expert at handballing work and supervision to other people.
Hope this helps.13/08/2018 at 1:38 AM #2224
Hey guys! I”m still catching up (only ep 28 and loving it!) but have you covered/thought about scientists that haven’t completed a phd. I have watched many people complete their phd and the emotional roller-coaster that goes with it. It was something that I didn’t want to go through. So what about the professions out there (lab techs, hydro-geologists, meteorologists) that are scientists without a phd, do you look down at them?
This leads into the mental image of the stereotypical “scientist” and what they look like. I remember doing a titration in 3rd year and having to wear a lab coat, I got a picture to send home to my parents to prove that I was a real scientist, even though this was the last time I ever wore a lab coat. I love my physics/nanotech don’t get me wrong, but I spend a lot of my time in schools showing kids that not all scientist wear lab coats.
Also sneans/sninos are never ok 😛 only acceptable for dads of the 90s13/08/2018 at 2:29 AM #2225
Happy Science Week!!!!13/08/2018 at 12:56 PM #2226
Excellent question, Conna87!
We’ll get to this on our next recording! Also, Happy National Science Week to you too!25/10/2018 at 8:02 PM #2240
I recently read that Uni Adelaide and Uni SA were discussing a merger, which seems to have fallen through. Maybe you guys (especially Cameron) can give a summary about it and what the advantages and disadvantages of a possible merger would be.
Mike26/10/2018 at 5:27 PM #2242
I recently read about the Flinders University restructure where 200 academics are going to have to re-apply for their jobs. What do you think of this restructure and the new separate teaching specialist and research academic positions that are being implemented?
I have benefited greatly from lecturers and demonstrators who teach and conduct research. Isn’t there a benefit to having at least some academics who teach and do research? I can see the positives of there being academics who can purely focus on teaching or research, and I’ve regularly heard from academics how tough it can be to get the balance right between the two. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thank you for continuing to bring this great podcast to our ears.
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