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== EEB XXX: [Course number TBD] NEW COURSE - IN DEVELOPMENT FOR FALL 2014 ==
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== EEB 5100 (Planning for a career in EEB) - FALL 2020 ==
  
This 1 credit seminar course is intended to provide orientation information to incoming EEB graduate students; we strongly advise new students to take it.  The course will meet for about an hour a week, with different faculty talking about different
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This 1 credit seminar course is intended to provide orientation information to incoming EEB graduate students, although it is open to other students; we strongly advise new students to take it.  The course will meet for about 75 min, once a week, to discuss topics related to professional development with a rotating cast of faculty, grad. students, or other EEB-connected people. 
  
'''Meeting time:''' TBD, possibly Tuesdays 4-5   
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'''Meeting time:''' Tuesdays 3:45-5   
  
'''Location:''' TBD
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'''Location:''' usually online; info. will be emailed
  
'''Course coordinators:''' [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/jockusch/jockuschlab/index.html Elizabeth Jockusch], [http://elphick.lab.uconn.edu/ Chris Elphick]
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'''Course coordinators:''' [http://jockusch.eeb.uconn.edu Elizabeth Jockusch], [http://elphick.lab.uconn.edu/ Chris Elphick]
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'''Grading:''' Officially, letter grades are assigned in this course; in our minds, it's graded on an S/U basis (but there are significant paperwork hurdles to doing that officially).  Regular attendance and participation constitutes satisfactory performance, for which students will earn an 'A'. 
  
 
Tentative syllabus (subject to change)
 
Tentative syllabus (subject to change)
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| Aug || Elizabeth Jockusch || University/department structure; Degree ontogenies   ||  
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| Aug. 31
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|| [http://elphick.lab.uconn.edu/ Chris Elphick],<br>
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[http://jockusch.eeb.uconn.edu Elizabeth Jockusch
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|| University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies
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||  
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||Homework: build (or update) a professional web site--complete a draft website to share during the next class period.<br>
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{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/a/ab/EEB5100-web-site-homework.pdf}} Paul's very helpful instructions will get you started.
 
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| Sept || || Strategies for different career paths ||
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| Sept 7
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|| [https://phylogeny.uconn.edu Paul Lewis]
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|| Communicating your work: web sites
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|| Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 characteristics of good scientific questions
 
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| Sept || || What is a dissertation/thesis ||
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| Sept 14
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|| [https://bolnicklab.wordpress.com/ Dan Bolnick],<br>[https://monkeyflower.uconn.edu Yaowu Yuan]
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|| Formulating good scientific questions
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|| Alon 2009 on [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1097276509006418 choosing good scientific problems]<br>
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[http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jcs.033340 Schwartz 2008] on the importance of stupidity in research<br>
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Founding of the NSF: [https://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/nsf50/vbush1945.htm text] [https://archive.org/details/scienceendlessfr00unit pdf]<br>
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[https://dynamicecology.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/advice-good-reasons-for-choosing-a-research-project-plus-some-bad-ones/ Good] and [https://dynamicecology.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/advice-weak-reasons-for-choosing-a-research-project/ less] good reasons for choosing a question<br>
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Dan's blog posts on [https://ecoevoevoeco.blogspot.com/2019/09/inspiration.html finding inspiration] and [https://ecoevoevoeco.blogspot.com/2019/09/fads.html fads]<br>
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2017.08.012 Predictability of transformative research]<br>
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2745.12025 100 Questions in Ecology]
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|| Homework: identify, for next week's discussion, a person or activity that greatly influenced your learning
 
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| Sept ||  || Formulating good scientific questions ||
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| Sept 21
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||[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Kurt_Schwenk Kurt Schwenk], [https://algae.eeb.uconn.edu Louise Lewis]Grad TBA<br>
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||  Developing as a teacher
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|| [http://gcci.uconn.edu/ Graduate Certificate in College Instruction]<br>
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[http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles-quiz.shtml Learning style quiz]<br>
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.6300 Field courses narrow achievement gaps]<br>
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=https://doi.org/10.1093/iob/obaa004 Specimen-based research courses]<br>
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.16-12-0344 Benefits of Active learning for inclusivity]<br>
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[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/b/bb/SchwenkTeachingtTips.pdf Kurt's tips on teaching]<br>
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[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/8/87/SchwenkHowBestToLearn.pdf  Kurt's tips on learning]
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||Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 qualities that you look for in a mentor
 
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| Sept || || Research ethics and compliance ||
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| Sept 28
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|| [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/projects/cicada/simon_lab/member_pages/c_simon.php Chris Simon],<br> [https://www.knutielab.com Sarah Knutie]
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||  Mentoring
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|| [http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v447/n7146/full/447791a.html Good mentoring]<br>
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[http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2014/01/getting-mentoring-you-need Getting mentoring]<br>
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|| Homework: come up with three questions for next week's alumni panel - email to Chris, before Monday morning
 
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| || || How does research funding work ||
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| Oct 5
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|| [http://www.ddcf.org/about-us/staff--advisory-councils/environment-program/sacha-spector/ Sacha Spector],<br>
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Erin King,<br> [http://www.skogenlab.org/ Krissa Skogen],<br>[https://llnf.org/staff Sarah Bois]
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|| Alumni panel: Careers outside academia
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|| Homework: track the hours you spend on work this week (for discussion next week)
 
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| Oct || || How to fund your graduate work ||
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| Oct 12
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|| [http://compgenomics.lab.uconn.edu/ Jill Wegrzyn],<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/urban/ Mark Urban]<br>
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|| Work-life balance
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[https://www.thetroutlook.com/latest-updates/work-life-balance-a-grad-students-perspective Grad perspective on balance]<br>
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[https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07511-w Achieving balance with kids]<br>
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|| Homework: come up with at least three questions for next week's grad. panel - email to Chris, before Monday morning
 
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| Oct || || Communicating your work: how does publishing work ||
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| Oct 19
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|| Grads TBA
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|| Grad panel: TAing, research & anything else you want to talk about!
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||Homework: Identify at least 1 annual conference specific to your discipline
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| Oct 26
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|| [https://joneslab.uconn.edu Cindi Jones],<br>[http://carlosgarciarobledo.org Carlos Garcia-Robledo]
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|| Conferences and professional societies
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|| Identify at least 3 journals relevant to your discipline; look up the impact factor, read the instructions to authors for each of the journals, and figure out the cost of publishing in each.
 
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| Oct || || Communicating your work: talks, conferences, and networking||
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| Nov 2
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|| [https://bryology.uconn.edu Bernard Goffinet], TBA<br>
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|| Publishing
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|| [http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/Publ_Peer-Review-Booklet.pdf Guide to Peer Review (British Ecological Society)] <br>
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|| Homework: do all of the following
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*Identify an ethical dilemma you have faced during work/school that you are comfortable sharing with the class
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*Read [https://policy.uconn.edu/2011/05/17/employee-code-of-conduct/ UConn's code of conduct], especially the Research Principles section
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*Look up the code of conduct for one professional society, meeting or academic institution of your choice
 
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| Oct ||  || Communicating your work: web sites & social media ||
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| Nov 9
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|| [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebwww/people/pamela-diggle/ Pam Diggle],<br>[https://www.caryinstitute.org/science-program/our-scientists/dr-gene-e-likens Gene Likens ](watch the video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijDoNm19OvQ here])
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||  Scientific ethics
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|| [https://ovpr.uconn.edu/services/rics/responsible-conduct-of-research/ UConn RCR training]<br>
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Read [https://dynamicecology.wordpress.com/2020/01/31/friday-links-240 this blog post]<br>
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And, either [https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00287-y this] or [https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/spider-biologist-denies-suspicions-widespread-data-fraud-his-animal-personality this]<br>
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|| Homework: Identify a piece of science outreach that has influenced you in some way
 
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| Nov ||  || Broader impacts and communication outside academia ||
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| Nov 16
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||[http://rubegalab.uconn.edu Margaret Rubega],<br> Holly Brown (NAS Research Associate in Science Education; EEB alum)
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|| Outreach and communication outside academia  
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|| [https://www.pnas.org/content/110/Supplement_3/14048 Lupia 2013]<br>
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[https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3000061 Lopes et al. 2018]
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|| Homework: bake a pie!
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| Nov 23
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|| THANKSGIVING BREAK
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| Nov || || Teaching (how TA assignments work, etc.)||
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| Nov 30
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|| [http://darwin.eeb.uconn.edu Kent Holsinger]
| Nov ||  || Work-life balance ||
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|| What do you aim to accomplish in grad school (and beyond)?
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| Nov || || THANKSGIVING BREAK  ||  ||
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| Dec || Senior grads/postdocs  || What I wish I’d done differently || Panel discussion
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|  || || ||  
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'''Useful readings:'''
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Some modest advice for graduate students: Steve Stearns and Ray Huey<br>
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The full exchange is on Ray Huey's page: http://faculty.washington.edu/hueyrb/prospective.php
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Stephen Stearns's later reflections: http://stearnslab.yale.edu/designs-learning
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=http://www.nature.com/news/there-is-life-after-academia-1.15808 Nature editorial on life outside of academia]<br>
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[http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=http://www.nature.com/news/life-outside-the-lab-the-ones-who-got-away-1.15802 Nature perspective on choosing alternative careers]
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[http://chronicle.com/article/Welcome-to-Graduate-School/148775?cid=megamenu Advice for new graduate students]
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[http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/outreach Advice on a range of topics from Science magazine]<br>
  
 
[[Category:EEB Seminars]]
 
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Latest revision as of 19:40, 1 July 2021

EEB 5100 (Planning for a career in EEB) - FALL 2020

This 1 credit seminar course is intended to provide orientation information to incoming EEB graduate students, although it is open to other students; we strongly advise new students to take it. The course will meet for about 75 min, once a week, to discuss topics related to professional development with a rotating cast of faculty, grad. students, or other EEB-connected people.

Meeting time: Tuesdays 3:45-5

Location: usually online; info. will be emailed

Course coordinators: Elizabeth Jockusch, Chris Elphick

Grading: Officially, letter grades are assigned in this course; in our minds, it's graded on an S/U basis (but there are significant paperwork hurdles to doing that officially). Regular attendance and participation constitutes satisfactory performance, for which students will earn an 'A'.

Tentative syllabus (subject to change)

Date Presenters Topic Resources Notes
Aug. 31 Chris Elphick,

Elizabeth Jockusch

University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies Homework: build (or update) a professional web site--complete a draft website to share during the next class period.

Pdficon small.gif Paul's very helpful instructions will get you started.

Sept 7 Paul Lewis Communicating your work: web sites Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 characteristics of good scientific questions
Sept 14 Dan Bolnick,
Yaowu Yuan
Formulating good scientific questions Alon 2009 on choosing good scientific problems

Schwartz 2008 on the importance of stupidity in research
Founding of the NSF: text pdf
Good and less good reasons for choosing a question
Dan's blog posts on finding inspiration and fads
Predictability of transformative research
100 Questions in Ecology

Homework: identify, for next week's discussion, a person or activity that greatly influenced your learning
Sept 21 Kurt Schwenk, Louise LewisGrad TBA
Developing as a teacher Graduate Certificate in College Instruction

Learning style quiz
Field courses narrow achievement gaps
Specimen-based research courses
Benefits of Active learning for inclusivity
Kurt's tips on teaching
Kurt's tips on learning

Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 qualities that you look for in a mentor
Sept 28 Chris Simon,
Sarah Knutie
Mentoring Good mentoring

Getting mentoring

Homework: come up with three questions for next week's alumni panel - email to Chris, before Monday morning
Oct 5 Sacha Spector,

Erin King,
Krissa Skogen,
Sarah Bois

Alumni panel: Careers outside academia Homework: track the hours you spend on work this week (for discussion next week)
Oct 12 Jill Wegrzyn,
Mark Urban
Work-life balance

Grad perspective on balance
Achieving balance with kids

Homework: come up with at least three questions for next week's grad. panel - email to Chris, before Monday morning
Oct 19 Grads TBA Grad panel: TAing, research & anything else you want to talk about! Homework: Identify at least 1 annual conference specific to your discipline
Oct 26 Cindi Jones,
Carlos Garcia-Robledo
Conferences and professional societies Identify at least 3 journals relevant to your discipline; look up the impact factor, read the instructions to authors for each of the journals, and figure out the cost of publishing in each.
Nov 2 Bernard Goffinet, TBA
Publishing Guide to Peer Review (British Ecological Society)
Homework: do all of the following
  • Identify an ethical dilemma you have faced during work/school that you are comfortable sharing with the class
  • Read UConn's code of conduct, especially the Research Principles section
  • Look up the code of conduct for one professional society, meeting or academic institution of your choice
Nov 9 Pam Diggle,
Gene Likens (watch the video here)
Scientific ethics UConn RCR training

Read this blog post
And, either this or this

Homework: Identify a piece of science outreach that has influenced you in some way
Nov 16 Margaret Rubega,
Holly Brown (NAS Research Associate in Science Education; EEB alum)
Outreach and communication outside academia Lupia 2013

Lopes et al. 2018

Homework: bake a pie!
Nov 23 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Nov 30 Kent Holsinger What do you aim to accomplish in grad school (and beyond)?

Useful readings: Some modest advice for graduate students: Steve Stearns and Ray Huey
The full exchange is on Ray Huey's page: http://faculty.washington.edu/hueyrb/prospective.php

Stephen Stearns's later reflections: http://stearnslab.yale.edu/designs-learning

Nature editorial on life outside of academia
Nature perspective on choosing alternative careers

Advice for new graduate students

Advice on a range of topics from Science magazine