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== EEB 5100 (Planning for a career in EEB) - FALL 2017 ==
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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 or a small panel of other EEB-connected people discussing a given topic each week.   
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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:''' Bamford Room (Torrey 171B)
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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]
  
'''Grading:''' This course is graded on an S/U basis.  Regular attendance and participation will result in a grade of S.
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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'.
 
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NOTE THAT SOME PRESENTERS, DATES, ETC. STILL NEED TO BE CONFIRMED (NOTED BELOW)
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Tentative syllabus (subject to change)
 
Tentative syllabus (subject to change)
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| Aug. 31
|| [http://darwin.eeb.uconn.edu/holsinger.html Kent Holsinger]
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|| [http://elphick.lab.uconn.edu/ Chris Elphick],<br>
|| What do you aim to accomplish in grad school (and beyond)? 
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[http://jockusch.eeb.uconn.edu Elizabeth Jockusch]
|| [https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-wU9Sg5MrvhUHVMbGhZUjdWWTg/view Kent's presentation on career outcomes]<br>
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|| University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies 
[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-wU9Sg5MrvhMDJ0Z0kyR0xQcjA/view EEB graduate employment]<br>
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[https://www.insidehighered.com/advice Inside Higher Ed Career Advice]<br>
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||Homework: build (or update) a professional web site--complete a draft website to share during the next class period.<br>
[https://versatilephd.com/ The Versatile PhD]<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.  
[https://career.uconn.edu/graduate-students/ UConn Career Services for grads]<br>
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[http://www.onsf.uconn.edu/graduate/ UConn National Fellowships Office]
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|| [http://www.nsfgrfp.org NSF fellowships]
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| Sept 5
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| Sept 7
|| [http://plasticity.uconn.edu Carl Schlichting], [http://jockusch.eeb.uconn.edu Elizabeth Jockusch] 
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|| [https://phylogeny.uconn.edu Paul Lewis]
|| University/department structure and resources; Degree ontogenies
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|| Communicating your work: web sites
|| NEED UPDATE?<br>
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{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB6485/DepartmentalResources_Links.pdf}} Departmental and University Resources <br>
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{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB6485/UniversityResources.pdf}} University Resources II <br>
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|| Homework: Identify, for next week's discussion, 3-5 characteristics of good scientific questions
 
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| Sept 12
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| Sept 14
|| [http://phylogeny.uconn.edu Paul Lewis]  
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|| [https://bolnicklab.wordpress.com/ Dan Bolnick],<br>[https://monkeyflower.uconn.edu Yaowu Yuan]
|| Communicating your work: web sites
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|| Formulating good scientific questions
|| {{pdf|https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw1_jRNQdA8uX1d0aTQyaFhyWG8/view}} P. Lewis presentation<br><br>  
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|| Alon 2009 on [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1097276509006418 choosing good scientific problems]<br>
|| Homework: complete your web site.
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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 19
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| Sept 21
|| [http://algae.eeb.uconn.edu/ Louise Lewis], [http://rubegalab.uconn.edu/hollybrown/ Holly Brown]
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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>
|| Developing as a teacher  
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|| Developing as a teacher
| [http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.cellbio.24.110707.175306?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&journalCode=cellbio Reading on teaching innovations]<br>
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|| [http://gcci.uconn.edu/ Graduate Certificate in College Instruction]<br>
[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>
UPDATE? [https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-wU9Sg5MrvhRDFEbV9tM3hXeWc/view Louise and Brigette's presentation on teaching]<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>
{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB6485/TA_Assignments.pdf}} How TA assignments work
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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 26
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| Sept 28
||[http://compgenomics.lab.uconn.edu/ Jill Wegrzyn], [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Andrew_Bush Andy Bush]
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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]
|| Work-life balance
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||  Mentoring
|| [http://www.academiaobscura.com/the-workaholic-and-academia/ In defense of downtime]<br>
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|| [http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v447/n7146/full/447791a.html Good mentoring]<br>
[http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/soin.12029/abstract Greedy institutions, overwork, and work-life balance (Sullivan 2013)]
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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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| 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)
| Oct 3
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|| Grad panel: Becca Colby, Lisa Terlova, Jaleigh Pier and TBD
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|| Courses, committees, TAing, getting started
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|| 
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|| Panel discussion: come with questions
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| Oct 10
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| Oct 12
|| CONFIRM [http://www.tapeworms.uconn.edu Janine Caira], [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Kurt_Schwenk Kurt Schwenk]
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|| [http://compgenomics.lab.uconn.edu/ Jill Wegrzyn],<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/urban/ Mark Urban]<br>
|| Formulating good scientific questions
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|| Work-life balance
|| NEED UPDATE?<br>
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[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-wU9Sg5MrvhaVBCVlktQUFBdWM/view Kurt and Yaowu's handout on choosing research questions]<br>
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[https://www.thetroutlook.com/latest-updates/work-life-balance-a-grad-students-perspective Grad perspective on balance]<br>
Alon 2009 on [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1097276509006418 choosing good scientific problems]<br>
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[https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07511-w Achieving balance with kids]<br>
E. O. Wilson on [http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/1998/1/scientists-scholars-knaves-and-fools scientific discovery] <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
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
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| Oct 17
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| Oct 19
|| [http://www.morgantingley.com Morgan Tingley],<br>
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|| Grads TBA
[http://bagchi.eeb.uconn.edu/ Robi Bagchi]
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|| Grad panel: TAing, research & anything else you want to talk about!
|| Communicating your work: conferences and publishing
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|| [http://dynamicecology.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/advice-how-to-win-the-buell-and-braun-awards-at-the-esa-annual-meeting/ Getting a speaker award] <br>
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||Homework: Identify at least 1 annual conference specific to your discipline
[http://oikosjournal.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/advice-how-to-network-at-conferences/ How to network] <br>
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[http://oikosjournal.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/talk-and-stats-tips.pdf How to give a good talk] <br>
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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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[http://www.uky.edu/~cfox/PeerReview/Index.htm Joy of Peer Review]<br>
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[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-wU9Sg5MrvhQ0RUcE4tem4xTjA/view Robi's publishing advice]
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| Oct 24
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| Oct 26
|| [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/projects/cicada/simon_lab/member_pages/c_simon.php Chris Simon],<br> [http://www.knutielab.com/ Sarah Knutie]
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|| [https://joneslab.uconn.edu Cindi Jones],<br>[http://carlosgarciarobledo.org Carlos Garcia-Robledo]
|| Mentoring
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|| Conferences and professional societies
|| Science Careers: [http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2014/01/getting-mentoring-you-need Getting mentoring]<br>
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Nature: [http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v447/n7146/full/447791a.html?foxtrotcallback=true Good mentoring]<br>
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[https://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/articles/10.1038/nj7537-127a Why mentor undergraduates?]<br>
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[https://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/articles/10.1038/nj7331-570a Managing your advisor]<br>
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[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-wU9Sg5MrvhNTFLelVoRWRQYVk/view Mentoring Discussion]
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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 31
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| Nov 2
|| [http://carlosgarciarobledo.org/UCONN/ Carlos Garcia-Robledo],<br> [http://mesandor.weebly.com/ Manette Sandor]
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|| [https://bryology.uconn.edu Bernard Goffinet], TBA<br>  
|| How does research funding work
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|| Publishing
|| NEED  UPDATE? <br>
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|| [http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/Publ_Peer-Review-Booklet.pdf Guide to Peer Review (British Ecological Society)] <br>
[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/b/b1/Garcia_Robledo_alternative_funding.pdf Carlos's funding presentation]<br>
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|| Homework: do all of the following
[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/1/11/Schultz_presentation_18_oct_2016_funding_environment.pdf Eric's funding summary]
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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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| Nov 7
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| Nov 9
|| Grad panel: Valeria Milici, Austin Spence & TBD
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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])
|| Getting started in research
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|| Scientific ethics
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||  [https://ovpr.uconn.edu/services/rics/responsible-conduct-of-research/ UConn RCR training]<br>
|| Panel discussion: come with questions
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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 14
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| Nov 16
|| Alumni panel:<br>
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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> [https://lccnetwork.org/person/brian-branciforte Brian Branciforte]
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|| Careers outside academia
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||Panel discussion: come with questions
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||[http://rubegalab.uconn.edu Margaret Rubega],<br>  Holly Brown (NAS Research Associate in Science Education; EEB alum)
| Nov 21
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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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|| THANKSGIVING BREAK  
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| Nov 28
 
||CONFIRM [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebwww/people/pamela-diggle/ Pam Diggle], .... 
 
|| Research ethics and regulations
 
|| Nature Editorial on [http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v466/n7305/full/466438a.html research misconduct]<br>
 
Biological Conservation Editorial on [http://ezproxy.lib.uconn.edu/login?url=http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320714002304 coauthorship]<br>
 
{{pdf|https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-wU9Sg5MrvhT3hRRDM5aVJweGs/view}}Pam on research ethics<br>
 
[http://research.uconn.edu/irb/responsible-conduct-of-research/ UConn RCR training]
 
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| Dec 5
 
|| CONFIRM [http://rubegalab.uconn.edu Margaret Rubega], [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/dwagner/ Dave Wagner]
 
|| Broader impacts, social media, and communication outside academia
 
||[http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1890/110106/abstract How Broad Are Our Broader Impacts? An Analysis]<br>
 
[http://static.squarespace.com/static/537e3307e4b0f243f70408ce/t/54170bb5e4b014f5fe7f2330/1410796469518/Evolving%20Culture%20of%20Science%20Engagement%20-%20Phase%201%20Report.pdf How The Culture of Science Engagement is Evolving]
 
(Read Exec Summary and 1st four pages of Intro)<br>
 
{{pdf|https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-wU9Sg5MrvhZDRJRkZsaDM4U1E/view}} D Wagner presentation<br>
 
 
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|| [http://darwin.eeb.uconn.edu Kent Holsinger]
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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