I’m very sorry that you were unhappy about the recent postings on the blog and the generally negative tone that has characterised a lot of the recent material. I’m also very sorry if you, as a fellow group leader, felt that you were being accused of exploiting the students in your care.
René Magritte, “La Traversée Difficile”
Lecturing is not about knowing everything, it’s about being good at learning. And science’s shamans are the best at it.
PhD students are essential components of junior research groups – but who’s really the master, and who’s the apprentice? Continue reading
Gerrit Dou, “The Poulterer’s Shop”
My lab might be closing soon because of insufficient research productivity. Is it really because I supervised too many undergraduate students? And if so, should I regret it? Continue reading
Artwork by Mark Palfreyman.
We have hazard signs for harmful chemicals, so why not have hazard signs for harmful mentors?
Recruitment is also about screening for potential, and not just for finding finished products.
George Clausen, “Schoolgirls”
Academics always need a Plan B, because career longevity is never guaranteed.
William Bell Scott, “Ailsa Craig”
Teaching science and supervising research isn’t just about facts, tools, and techniques. It’s also about getting people to see the world around them in a different way.
Ernst & Gustav Klimt, “Pan tröstet Psyche” [Pan consoles Psyche]
Politeness isn’t just about knowing when to pass the salt.
David Teniers the Younger, “A Kermis on St. George’s Day”
The end of a semester is a cause for pride and rejoicing.