Carnival #3 of Scientia Pro Publica is up over at Bob O’Hara’s joint. It has lots of tasty reading about the swine flu so it is sure to enthrall. Go read.


I’ve *realized that a greatly overlooked topic around these parts is the panic felt by the **N-th year graduate student who is finally sighting down the barrel on the thesis defense date. This poor individual is in high gear, finishing experiments, making papers out of data, thinking s/he’d better finally write a dissertation and, finally, facing the biggest hurdle of graduate education- getting all of the committee members in the same room at the same time.
And then somebody throws out a casual mentoring thought: “You know, most postdoctoral training slots are arranged a year in advance“.

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