Last year was very eventful for me. I've been a bit busy to write many blog posts but I'm ready to get back into it. Over the next year I'll be writing about my experiences in grad school, postdoc, and the transition; as well as some of the projects I've been working on and coding… Continue reading Happy New Year!
a chemist Or at least that’s what I’d probably say if you caught me on the street. Fact is, for modern scientists, there can be a painstakingly high degree of specialization, minutiae, and technical training entangled with their work. Some areas of science are somewhat relatable due to the high amount of news coverage –… Continue reading Guest post: Who am I?
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Anxiety is tricky to control because we often feel like obsessing over what can go wrong can help us respond in the many possible events. To reduce anxiety, you need to stop this thought process. This can be difficult in graduate school because of the large number and variety of tasks required for success. After… Continue reading 6 steps to reducing anxiety through task management in graduate school
Games of chance are often people’s first exposure to statistics. Settlers of Catan is a game that revolves around the probability distribution of two independent 6-sided die rolls. The game consists of hexagons with one of four possible resources available. These hexagons are normally in a random configuration. Each hexagon receives a random number token.… Continue reading Random Chance in Settlers of Catan
For a poster or publication it may be necessary to submit images with 600 dpi for the best print quality. I use GIMP (download here) to convert pdfs without having to buy Photoshop. GIMP works for any platform. First import your pdf. Check that the width and height of the pdf is correct, as well as… Continue reading Converting pdf to print-quality 600dpi image without Photoshop
I use Matlab to run many of my simulations and as a substitute for Excel. One of the best things about making figures in Matlab is you can capture the figure screen after fixing any minor details like background color or text size. You can also manually resize the window to make a square or… Continue reading How to make print-quality figures in Matlab
My method: Using white paper and a clear report folder with clip, write project names on papers with your 4+ week goals Each week, write on a note card all you'd like to get done that wk, categorized by project title Then on a separate notecard, write ~4 things to do each wk. As the… Continue reading Managing multiple research projects
I love what I do. Often I find myself working for stress relief and relaxation. Although graduate students stereotypically work long hours, perhaps 60 hours a week, I never feel the time passing by. My graduate student friends and acquaintances often complain about hours, work stress, work load, and deadlines. I find myself wondering if… Continue reading What’s the difference : balance work and life by being a massive nerd