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Integrating Research and Teaching

I have a confession: as an undergraduate, I assumed that lecturers spent their entire lives poised at their desks, module descriptions in hand, waiting for us students to traipse into their book-lined offices so they could whir into action. I … Read More »

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Publishing before the PhD

The PhD process involves producing publishable research. However, does that also imply that one should publish before submitting the thesis? There are a growing number of reasons to do so: Most university guidelines themselves encourage publications based on the undergoing … Read More »

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Financial computing

Academics are often stereotyped as living in ivory towers and thinking about issues far removed from reality. The misconception of an academic faculty member as some one who only teaches a few hours a week is widespread.

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Blum’s Advice (part 2)

Manuel Blum has some helpful advice for graduate students starting a PhD. This is a sequel to the previous entry. Blum refers to the joke that ‘a PhD knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything … Read More »

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Blum’s Advice

Manuel Blum has some unique and helpful advice for graduate students starting a PhD. A lot of the advice applies to anyone, however. Blum advises to not use books like scrolls and read everything from the start to finish. In … Read More »

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Advice from a Physicist

Physicist Michael Nielsen has some useful advice on research. The following are key excerpts from his long essay: Work balance: Research is, of course, only a part of life, and must be understood in relation to the rest of life… … Read More »

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Research: role of problem solving

Physicist Michael Nielsen has some good advice on problem solving in research. The following is his insight on the skills of a problem solving approach to research: Clarity, goals, and forward momentum: Nielsen mentions that being clear about one’s goal … Read More »

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