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Chapter 16d. My Data Go Primetime

While editing my thesis Dr. Dillon would give me handwritten comments and I would make the changes and often expand the text to make things clearer. Then I gave the new drafts back to Dr. Dillon and the process would repeat itself. I kept the hard copies of all of the stages of my thesis, [...]

Chapter 16c. My Data Go Primetime

After my engagement epiphany, the rest of the day with Bill Jacobus passed quickly. I could hardly wait to get back to Ann, all the while galvanizing in my head how to pitch a move to Toledo to Ann, including how this would be a solid step in our relationship. I still had a one-hour [...]

Chapter 16b. My Data Go Primetime

I was focused on thesis writing, but there were other things I needed to do to secure my career track. I had to prepare for what I would be doing after my postdoc in France. Trying to line up a job over a year in advance is difficult at best. I needed to consider the [...]

Chapter 16a. My Data Go Primetime

 Chapter 16. My Data Go Primetime  After deciding to do a one-year postdoc in Paris, I needed to start planning for the job after that back in the USA. It would be easier to apply for and interview for a job in the USA while still in the USA. I didn’t want to start applying [...]

Chapter 7f. Duties of a Graduate Research Assistant

Michigan State is a huge university. The laboratories for my research were in two different buildings and they were about a mile apart. When the weather was nice, I would skateboard. One building was in the clinical center, where a lot of the doctors’ offices were, and the other building was the Department of Physiology, [...]

Chapter 7e. Duties of a Graduate Research Assistant

The Ph.D. treadmill is a long and intense ordeal of taking classes, helping teach classes, taking qualifying exams, doing research, proposing a thesis and then defending that thesis. All fairly well established and with clear requirements for continuing on to the next step. However, the need to produce and “’pass” was ever present. Michigan State [...]

Chapter 7d. Duties of a Graduate Research Assistant

Professor Sparks was excited. “Good, we finally have a clear difference of opinion here.” He continued quickly. “Joe, you did not think that the conclusions were supported by the data. What data would you personally want to see to support those conclusions?” I was on the spot and all alone on my opinion, but felt [...]

Chapter 7c. Duties of a Graduate Research Assistant

I was asked, or more precisely, ordered one semester, to do some lectures to the undergraduate physiology class on thermoregulation and thermogeneration in mammals. More simply stated, a series of lectures on how we keep warm. The senior lecturer for the class gave me some outline material and also the types of test questions that [...]

Chapter 7b. Duties of a Graduate Research Assistant

In graduate school I was taking classes with some incredibly bright students. There were two people who were veterinarians studying for Ph.Ds. and an MD/Ph.D. student as well as regular Ph.D. students. All of them were superstars in their undergraduate programs or even in their first doctorate degree. I say all of “them” because I [...]

Chapter 7a. Duties of a Graduate Research Assistant

 The more physiology I learned, the more I realized that I needed to learn a lot more physiology. I had a reasonable understanding of applied physiology between having worked on an ambulance to help pay for college and my experience as an athletic trainer, and my bachelor’s in chemistry gave me a solid foundation in [...]