I have a deal with the department librarian, that copies of the Times Higher Education will be placed in my pigeon hole when it is time for the department to get rid of them, and I would dispose of them in due course. The result of this, however… is that I have piles and piles of old copies in my office, waiting for the right moment to be poured over.
The time has come for them, as I have been given a one-year Study Leave to get my research in order – so many ideas floating around, so many potential collaborations: their time has come! And one small goal within this is to slowly go through the piles of THEs, even if just to keep up with The Poppletonian.
The first article I read has been insightful while I think about progressing in research: a review by the always readable Matthew Reisz of An Essay on Science and Narcissism. I can only agree with a lot of the (second-hand) conclusions, but then Lemaitre himself seems to have acknowledged that women “are usually more sensitive to this issue”. And it is not just sour grapes, even though “women tend to score lower on the narcissistic scale”. And before anyone comments – I am sure there is a wide variation, and many women are probably more narcissistic than many men. Calm down, dear!
While I look forward to reading the complete essay, I am sure that some of the suggestions are quite interesting, though slightly tongue in cheek:
- Produce casseroles: papers that make a lot of noise, telling a big story … (even if without any real follow-up);
- Remain the centre of attention, by for example refusing to go to other peoples’ offices;
- Emit strong opinionated statements during discussions and ruthlessly exceed allocated time limits for talks;
- Choose sexual partners strategically, whether for beauty, organisational abilities, or pipetting skills. (or, for Computer Science, programming skills?)
Well, all good food for thought… and discussion. Fire away any thoughts in the comment section below, please.
I hope the rest of the year is filled with such interesting reading! I hope at least this post has blown the cobwebs off this blog.
Continuing with my catching up with THE and Matthew Reisz, an article in the 11/08/17 edition seems very relevant. A question always arises in summer and during sabbatical: where to do the mountain of work needing doing? Many people over the summer, and during their sabbaticals, disappear from the office and “work from home”. I am mostly incapable of doing this, and prefer coming in and escape the many distractions of home. One idea is to then find a cafe’, taking along only a limited amount of material to focus on. While over the summer our Piazza gets filled with many interesting visitors – such as some major Rugby player conference, or the ACWW conference which brought so many beautiful women from around the world here – the cafe’s still offer a good change of scene and opportunity for work.
The above column was written on one cafe’ outing, and I am heading out there now, armed with a draft of a paper to edit.