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All posts to this blog are a reflection of the views of that particular author, not the CIDD Graduate Student Association as a whole. In order to keep discussion open but directed, any comments or opinions about a specific post should be directed to the author of that post, either publicly in a comment on that specific post or in private correspondence.
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Author Archives: johannaohm
This week marks the start of a new semester for graduate students at the CIDD. For new students: welcome! CIDD and the broader Penn State community have a lot of ongoing events, activities and available resources that CGSA wants to … Continue reading
The annual Communicating Science workshop for graduate students, ComSciCon, gathered students and science journalists from all over the country to meet for a three day workshop in Cambridge, Mass. last week. The conference included workshops on developing K-12 curriculum, using … Continue reading
If your dream job is in academia, Monday’s (3/13) panel discussion on “Climbing the Ivory Tower: transitioning from PhD to post-doc and beyond” was a lively discussion filled with useful advice for how to stick the academic career track. We … Continue reading
Interested in an academic career path? We hear a lot about the widening gap in the number of PhDs awarded and the number of academic jobs available. How can we improve our prospects for landing one of those coveted tenure … Continue reading
Giving talks can be hard. Giving talks about giving talks might be even harder. Andrew Read pulled it off this morning when he spoke at this month’s CGSA workshop on “How to give a great talk.”
Journal club at the CIDD has had a sporadic history. In theory, we like the idea. In practice, we disagree on which papers to read, we sometimes don’t read the papers and we struggle with numbers. This year we’ve decided … Continue reading
As CIDD graduate students, we think about insects as vectors of disease, but we don’t always consider other important attributes of insects: like how tasty they might be. Many insects are edible and considering their use as a novel livestock … Continue reading
All graduate students (CIDD, biology, entomology, INTAD) are welcome to meet with Florence Dunkel on Monday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. Location TBA. Please RSVP to Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
In prime time for a grad student winter break project, Marcel Salathé‘s new ebook, Nature in Code, came out this week, published Dec. 17. The book covers key biological concepts from natural selection and topics in evolution to modeling the … Continue reading