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30 minutes | 3 days ago
Reading the literature - Ep. 14
In today's episode, we look at how we read research articles for the literature review of your PhD thesis as well as in the later career stages. Listen to today's episode to learn more about how to read broadly and deeply, how often to read, how to take notes of what you read, and how to digitize the articles you read and your associated notes.Software we mentioned:Reference management tools:EndnoteMendeleyZoteroNote-keeping tools:EvernoteCheck out this resource on how to find the citation to export into your reference management tool (Endnote specific, but you can find similar tutorials for the software of your choice)Books we talked about:Under the volcano by Malcolm LowryKani on shear in reinforced concreteWebsites we mentioned:SSRNEpisode we referenced:Ep. 10 - Interview with Michelle Crowther
29 minutes | 10 days ago
Interview with Christina Shenvi: MD after PhD, Time management, and making audacious decisions
In today's episode, we interview Christina Shenvi, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, the Associate Residency Program Director and Director of the UNC Office of Academic Excellence (OAE). We learned from Christina about going for an MD after her PhD in chemistry, how to create a life you love, how to manage time and expectations, and how to make audacious decisions. This episode is full of nuggets of wisdom for anyone in academia (from students to senior faculty), those thinking about going to med school, and beyond.Check out Christina’s blog.Books mentioned in the episode:Built to Last - Jim Collins Viktor Frankl's book "Man's Search for Meaning Christina also mentioned the Mindful return program for those returning after parental leave.
28 minutes | 17 days ago
Q&A: Day in the life, Apps, Meditation, Coaching programs - Ep. 12
In today's episode, we addressed a few questions that came in through the PhD Talk blog. We discuss what a day in the life looks like during COVID-19 for both of us, the programs and apps we use on a daily basis (and the ones that tend to suck us in for too much time), our experiences with meditation and the effects we have noticed, and coaching programs during the PhD year and mid-career years.The programs we mentioned are:PhDometerToggl TrackEvernoteTodoistGoogle KeepHeadspaceMeditation Timer
26 minutes | 23 days ago
Writing habits - Ep. 11
In today's episode, we talk about writing habits. We discuss Rico's lessons learned from struggling with writing his entire MSc thesis, Eva's experiences of writing her PhD thesis, writing during the tenure track years, and current writing habits. At the end, we give our best tips for consistent writing and developing good writing habits.The PhDometer mentioned is available for download on the PhD2Published websiteThe best advice on thesis writing that Eva read during her PhD years (and kick-started her writing) is this famous post by the Thesis WhispererA guest post on Eva's blog that motivated her to think better about day rhythms for writing is this post by Dr. Amber Davis.
27 minutes | a month ago
Interview with Michelle Crowther on how libraries and librarians support research - Ep. 10
In this episode, Rico and Eva interview Michelle Crowther. Michelle is the learning and research librarian for humanities and languages at CCCU Canterbury Christ Church University (Canterbury, UK) and PhD candidate in English Literature at CCCU. We discuss the work of a university librarian, and how librarians can support university students and researchers, on campus as well as in the digital realm. Listen to this week's episode to learn more about the work of a university librarian, how this work has changed over time, and abruptly due to COVID-19, as well as to learn more about the function of the physical space of the university library.See the library building at CCCU here. Check out the "Doing a Literature Review - Releasing the Research Imagination" by Chris Hart, as recommended by Michelle.
34 minutes | a month ago
Lab work - Ep. 8
In today's episode, we learn from Rico's experience in an engineering PhD that has an experimental component. We discuss lessons learned, planning in the lab, the practical aspects of making and testing specimens, and then have a quick look at data processing after an experiment. We also discuss how things have changed since Eva did her PhD on an experimental topic.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
Interview with Ivan Carrera on the journey to and of his PhD - Ep. 7
In today's episode, we interview Ivan Carrera, a PhD candidate in bioinformatics and Ecuadorian professor. His scientific career has taken him and his growing family from Ecuador to Brazil, Portugal, and Colombia. Listen to today's episode on Ivan's research, his experiences abroad, and being a scientific father. Follow Ivan on Twitter @elprofe_ivan or Instagram @elprofe_ivan and check out his blog papacientifico.com
40 minutes | 2 months ago
Goals for 2021 - Ep.6
In this episode, Rico and Eva discuss their professional and personal goals for 2021. We discuss research, writing, teaching - how we expect the pandemic to influence these in the year to come, and how goals relate to. Eva shares goals regarding service and admin as well. We then discuss our personal pandemic-proof goals for 2021.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
2020 in review - Ep. 5
In this episode, we reflect on 2020. We discuss how the pandemic impacted our research, what progress we made, as well as our personal goals.
21 minutes | 2 months ago
Interview with Silvia Pugliese on doing a PhD in a Marie Curie european ITN (international training network) - Ep. 4
In today's episode, we interview Silvia Pugliese, who is doing her PhD in a Marie Curie european ITN (international training network) . We talk about the project, her part in it, the logistics, and lessons learned from the pandemic.
20 minutes | 3 months ago
Holiday gifts for PhD students and academics - Ep. 3
In this episode, we discuss gifts you may want to consider for the PhD students and academics in your life - or, if you are a PhD student or academic, gifts you may like to receive. We've broken these down into two categories: productivity and leisure. Listen for gift ideas, as well as discussions on weird music mashups, the best chairs for fidgety people, and gardening for those who do not have a garden at home.
19 minutes | 3 months ago
PhD Timelines - Ep. 2
Today, we discuss the sometimes messy nature of the PhD timeline - from our own experiences as compared to the "ideal" timeline. We also discuss additional requirements, as well as international differences.
15 minutes | 3 months ago
Introducing the PhD Talk podcast - Ep. 1
In this episode, we ( Eva and Rico) discuss why we started this podcast, and interview each other on our background, lab adventures, and how we spend our time.
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