Bradford Condon PhD

Bioinformatics, Web & Mobile Development


writing

When I taught a science for non-science majors at Cornell University, my favorite lecture was on science in the popular media.  My learning objective was straight forward: I wanted students to pick up a newspaper, flip to the science section, and detect bullshit.

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This morning I was delighted to come across the IMA Fungus journal.  Put out by the International Mycological Association , the journal title (which primarily publishes species announcements and descriptions) playfully introduces each organism with a friendly “Hello, I’m a fungus!”  The truth is, scientific literature is seldom so fun and informal.

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You’re finished!  You’ve spent hours writing and rewriting your thesis or dissertation (such semantics!), braved your defense, and spent even more time addressing your committee revisions (to say nothing of the years of hard work that got you here).  Congratulations.  Time to submit and watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer for eight days straight, right?

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I was reading this Nature article by Kim Gardiner and Hugh Kearns on snack writing.  Their argument is that scientists who write in a small, fixed window, 45 minutes a day, every day, write more than “block writers” who blackout entire days for writing.

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tips writing

I am trying to write my PhD dissertation.

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