Author Archives: Grad Student

Letter gender.

Lately I’ve been tracking down articles from a lab that studies my newly-discovered protein channels in a different part of the body, so that I can hopefully figure out how they’re arranged in that system and see if that works … Continue reading

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Committees.

I found out recently that I’ve been nominated for a couple of departmental committees for next year. I don’t know if this is typical of R1 universities, but our graduate student organization appoints graduate seats (typically one or two) in … Continue reading

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Honestly, I didn’t even know the planet existed at that hour of the morning.

I just received the official word on my TA assignment for fall, and it turns out I will be teaching human physiology again, for the third time in a row. I have mixed feelings about this. Pros: – The subject … Continue reading

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Modeling

The core of my thesis is in quantifying and analyzing a certain class of organic molecule in a certain part of a certain organ, and how altering which/how many subtypes of those organic molecules that are present can change the … Continue reading

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Touched by Isis

I almost forgot to mention that the always helpful and perpetually entertaining Dr. Isis answered one of my questions on her blog today. I feel quite blessed and armed with information.

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Navel-gazing about anxiety.

Sometimes I am surprised by how confident I’ve become as a scientist and as a student, especially considering how anxiety-ridden I used to be. Two years ago I was a 5th year senior doing undergrad research in the same lab … Continue reading

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I am vindicated!

Study: highly-rated professors are. . . overrated Professors rated highly by their students tended to yield better results for students in their own classes, but the same students did worse in subsequent classes. The implication: highly rated professors actually taught … Continue reading

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