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My wonderful experience as a visiting professor in Japan

I was privileged enough to be asked to Ritsumeikan University  Shiga, Japan as an invited lecturer asked to give a series of lectures during their concentrated summer program. The theme of the lecture program was “brain pathologies and therapies.” Yes that is a broad topic, but they wanted personal expert presentations focusing on those areas [...]

Chapter 18d. The Lighter Side of Being a Graduate Student

The physiology party committee (me, Dave, Vivian and Nancy), started to accumulate a list of possible gifts and awards. The awards would just be simple paper certificates with gilded borders and the faculty names and awards printed on them. Producing something funny, but appropriate, for about 20 people, took a lot of thought and work. [...]

Chapter 18c. The Lighter Side of Being a Graduate Student

On the day of the competition, Ann was not in the audience. She could not bear to watch. I understood completely, and promised to call as soon as I was finished. I tried to make it clear that the longer it took me to call the better, because it would mean I was still “alive” [...]

Chapter 18b. The Lighter Side of Being a Graduate Student

While skateboarding was good transportation and exercise, it was not a regular exercise regimen. So I decided that I needed more exercise. I had done some karate in high school and was impressed by some friends who were very good at it, so I took up karate again. There was a large selection of karate [...]

Chapter 18a. The Lighter Side of Being a Graduate Student

  Chapter 18. The Lighter Side of Being a Graduate Student In nice weather, as noted earlier, I would often skateboard to and from the university. Ann drove to work, so sometimes I would get a ride with her and carry my skateboard as a means of local transportation. It was good exercise, and since [...]

Geeks are an endangered species.

We need to remember that the future of a creative and productive society is with scientists and technologists and that these people are trying to improve society.

Hard and Unpopular Classes.

There are two types (maybe three) of difficult classes: Classes with a lot of material making the class difficulty due to the volume, Classes with difficult concepts and the third is when these two factors are combined. Anatomy is an example of a difficult class because of the sheer volume of material that needs to [...]

Students are the Farm Team.

There is an old saying that those who can do; those who can’t teach. While I’m not too sure about that, there is an interesting paradigm in higher education. That is the highest level scientists in the USA tend to be successful scientists and researchers by spending time doing research, writing grants and papers. The [...]

Many questions: one answer about careers in science.

Can someone please tell me what type of job is there that can never be outsourced, but is present in every country in the world? What is the profession where the whole world is united in one language and one goal? When can you be paid to travel to some of the most beautiful places [...]

Every class has an individual personality

Everyone has a personality, but what people outside of education may not fully realize is that when you put a group of people together they form their own personality. This personality is clearly seen in classes that meet regularly over the school year. It never takes long for the class’ personality to come through after [...]