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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, although it is open to other students; we strongly advise new students to take it.  The course will meet for about an hour a week, with 2-3 faculty present each week to discuss a given topic. This is a new course and we seek input on what topics we should include.
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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:''' Tuesdays 3:45-5   
 
'''Meeting time:''' Tuesdays 3:45-5   
  
'''Location:''' TBD
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'''Location:''' usually online; info. will be emailed
  
 
'''Course coordinators:''' [http://jockusch.eeb.uconn.edu Elizabeth Jockusch], [http://elphick.lab.uconn.edu/ Chris Elphick]
 
'''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 26|| Kent Holsinger + ?? || What do you aim to accomplish in grad school?   || Relate to strategies for different career paths; aim to have at least one person who has placed grad students in EEB positions outside academia
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| Sept. 1
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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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|| [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OTr7kVEvvJiOp5ISdNt1fD_ecmXkHmb0/view?usp=sharing Elizabeth's presentation] <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/e/e6/Compliance_intro_2020.pdf Chris's presentation]
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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 2|| || What is a dissertation/thesis ||  
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| Sept 8
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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 9|| || Formulating good scientific questions ||
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| Sept 15
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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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E. O. Wilson on [http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/27856929.pdf scientific discovery] <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 16|| Carl Schlichting || University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies ||
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| Sept 22
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||[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Kurt_Schwenk Kurt Schwenk],<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Annette_Evans Annette Evans]
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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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||Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 qualities that you look for in a mentor
 
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| Sept 23|| || Research ethics and compliance || NSF ethics training/IACUC/IRB/EH&S/BAUR/other lab safety/etc
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| Sept 29
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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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[https://drive.google.com/file/d/14oCW_DKlFYaAvymm52p1Y_8pAFukcj9F/view?usp=sharing Mentoring Whiteboard from class]
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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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| Sept 30 || || How does research funding work || need to address both NSF/NIH and other agency/foundation sources, cover OSP etc.
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| Oct 6
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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 7 || || How to fund your graduate work || maybe a panel of grads??
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| Oct 13
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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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|| [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/7/71/EEB5100_20_v2.pdf Jill and Mark's presentation]<br>
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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 14|| Mark + ?? || Communicating your work: how does publishing work || need faculty who have been editors, maybe a couple
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| Oct 20
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|| Christian Polania, [https://andrewstillman.weebly.com/ Andrew Stillman], [https://samanthaapgar.weebly.com/home.html Sam Apgar], Laura Bizzari
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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 27
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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 21|| Morgan + ?? || Communicating your work: talks, conferences, and networking|| Homework: get set up to edit in eebedia or Aurora
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| Nov 3
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|| [http://bagchi.eeb.uconn.edu/ Robi Bagchi],<br>[https://bryology.uconn.edu Bernard Goffinet]
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|| Communicating your work: publishing
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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 28|| Paul || Communicating your work: web sites || students should leave with an eebedia or Aurora page set up
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| Nov 10
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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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|| Homework: Identify a piece of science outreach that has influenced you in some way
 
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| Nov 4||  || Broader impacts, social media, and communication outside academia ||
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| Nov 17
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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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|| Homework: bake a pie!
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| Nov 24
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|| THANKSGIVING BREAK
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| Nov 11 || || Developing as a teacher|| (also discuss how TA assignments work)
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| Dec 1
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|| [http://darwin.eeb.uconn.edu Kent Holsinger]
| Nov 18||  || Work-life balance ||
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|| What do you aim to accomplish in grad school (and beyond)?
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| Nov 25 || || THANKSGIVING BREAK  ||  ||
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| Dec 2|| Senior grads/postdocs  || What I wish I’d known earlier/done differently || Panel discussion
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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>
  
 
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Latest revision as of 00:16, 15 October 2020

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
Sept. 1 Chris Elphick,

Elizabeth Jockusch

University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies Elizabeth's presentation
Chris's presentation
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 8 Paul Lewis Communicating your work: web sites Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 characteristics of good scientific questions
Sept 15 Dan Bolnick,
Yaowu Yuan
Formulating good scientific questions Alon 2009 on choosing good scientific problems

Schwartz 2008 on the importance of stupidity in research
E. O. Wilson on scientific discovery
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 22 Kurt Schwenk,
Annette Evans
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

Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 qualities that you look for in a mentor
Sept 29 Chris Simon,
Sarah Knutie
Mentoring Good mentoring

Getting mentoring
Mentoring Whiteboard from class

Homework: come up with three questions for next week's alumni panel - email to Chris, before Monday morning
Oct 6 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 13 Jill Wegrzyn,
Mark Urban
Work-life balance Jill and Mark's presentation

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 20 Christian Polania, Andrew Stillman, Sam Apgar, Laura Bizzari Grad panel: TAing, research & anything else you want to talk about! Homework: Identify at least 1 annual conference specific to your discipline
Oct 27 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 3 Robi Bagchi,
Bernard Goffinet
Communicating your work: publishing 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 10 Pam Diggle,
Gene Likens (watch the video here)
Scientific ethics UConn RCR training
Homework: Identify a piece of science outreach that has influenced you in some way
Nov 17 Margaret Rubega,
Holly Brown (NAS Research Associate in Science Education; EEB alum)
Outreach and communication outside academia Homework: bake a pie!
Nov 24 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Dec 1 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