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Funding faculty position for a spouse

My wife is looking for a faculty position. It seems its not so easy to get a position in biology though she is doing postdoc at top 5 genetics programs in USA. I am wondering if I can offer a school ...
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41 views

What percentage of arXiv preprints fall under the CC BY or CC BY-SA licenses?

I am interested in exporting and redistributing arXiv papers and will need the source on them. It looks like this is allowed so long as they fall under CC BY or CC BY-SA licenses. However, I'm not ...
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How to send an email to a well-known professor for a possible PhD student position?

I am applying for graduate physics and I was wondering to work with a well-known professor in Caltech. He is a pioneer in the field that I am interested in. I have a kinda outstanding background, ...
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Recitation Grades

I'm a Graduate Teaching Assistant in a Mathematics at a large state university. In the fall semester, I will be expected to be a TA for Calculus I, which will be taken by first year students. The ...
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73 views

Are there any pre-print servers that let you export/redistribute the article (not as PDF)? [on hold]

For example, if I were able to get an article from arXiv in a format that isn't PDF, such as LaTeX, docx, html, markdown (really anything covered by pandoc, since that's what I'm using). From what I ...
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3answers
44 views

Recommended course weight for online quizzes outside of class

In many of my classes (mainly with undergraduate students), I begin every class session with a reading quiz, that is, a short, simple multiple-choice quiz on their assigned reading, to make sure that ...
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539 views

Is it an advantage to be a resident of the state in which you are applying to PhD programs at state universities?

I just moved to a new state (California) for a temporary job and am planning to apply to graduate school (physics PhD programs) at state schools here. If I want, I can establish residency here; this ...
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Do unethical acts that are tangential to methodology taint research?

It's well-known that unethical acts can render research virtually unpublishable, but the cases we hear about tend to involve situations in which the methodology is tainted - for example, fabrication ...
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112 views

Can an author decline to be on a biorxiv paper?

Asking for a friend. If an author is added to a biorxiv paper, but does not want to be part of it, is there any recourse for him/her?
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66 views

Information with no reference in literature review

I am writing a literature review and I've found information in a thesis written in the literature review in a paragraph with no source, just ending with full stop. While at the end of the whole ...
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122 views

Potential repercussions from overlapping university appointments?

Consider a situation in which a professor starts a position at one institution on the 1st of a month, and finishes their position at their previous institution of the 30th of that month. What are the ...
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117 views

Can I publish an algorithm without time complexity? [on hold]

There's a problem 'A' and there are already algorithms to solve it but I came up with a totally new algorithm. My doubts are: Should I find time complexity? Where can I publish my algorithm without ...
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3k views

Can two universities have the same name? [on hold]

I am now developing a database having information about universities. The database has a feature to prevent a duplicate name for the university title. I actually wonder of whether it is possible for 2 ...
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Listing a Stack Overflow user as co-author for having provided substantial programming support

I received a lot of help from an active Stack Overflow user in my undergrad summer research project, which was based on statistical physics. Now, I'm writing a paper on it under my professor's ...
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287 views

What is “academic freedom”, when so many professors and post-docs do only the research that is being funded by external agencies? [on hold]

Do professors truly get to work on whatever they want, in research? I just read a job description for a post-doc position; the job sounds extremely specialized, with no room to do anything else ...
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1answer
80 views

Can a professor from totally different research field be invited to thesis defense? [on hold]

In a very reputed private university, there is a rule for sending thesis to internal(national) and external(international) examiner for evaluation. After a report from two reviewers, a viva is ...
2
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1answer
132 views

Supervisor complaining about research work is slow and not doing anything properly. Is it possible to continue with him for long?

I am about to finish my first year of MS leading to Ph.D. Our team works on cable Robotics. At first, when I joined prof asked me to do a computer vision problem of tracking. I spent 5 months to do ...
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60 views

How can US universities check whether graduate students work outside TA/RA?

Some US universities ban first-year graduate students from working outside TA/RA. How can US universities check whether graduate students work outside TA/RA?
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Is there any minimum and maximum allowed time-span for acquiring a PhD degree?

Can someone finish a PhD, say, in 2 years in the USA or in 1.5 years in the UK? Can someone take, say, 16 years in the USA or 12 years in the UK to finish a PhD?
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1answer
245 views

Why does an “external member” of a thesis defense committee come to your defense?

I am curious why would some professor from another university come to my university (in Turkey) merely for my defense. What benefit does this professor have in it? Do universities pay professors for ...
1
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1answer
47 views

Human-Computer Interaction PhD in Computer Science vs Information Systems: Does the department title matter?

I've been offered a PhD position in Human-Computer Interaction, but it bothers me that it's within the Business/Economics department, so it would yield me an Information Systems degree instead of a ...
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1answer
35 views

What are the main studies showing how well people learn some complex problem? [on hold]

I'm wondering how well the general population can solve a problem after being taught. What are the main studies around this? The basic experiment would be to take a math problem that people usually ...
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3k views

Is preparing for a lawsuit a valid reason to defer an exam? [on hold]

An employer owes me wages and I have not been able to get them to comply without escalating matters. As a result, I have been preparing to take them to court, but I have an exam for my masters that I ...
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2answers
414 views

Is it acceptable to look up a student on the Internet to find out whether I have a conflict of interest?

This is a follow-up to this question, which I ask due to debates arising in the comments. While I ask it in the first person to keep things simple, it is not based on a real experience of mine. One ...
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Is it possible to start a PhD at 36 without taking a huge hit financially?

I'm currently working as a Senior Engineer (Mechanical) for a large company. However, I am increasingly finding the work to be dull and lacking in challenge. I don't think I can bear to spend the next ...
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46 views

How does one switch courses at uni? When and how should one begin the process? [on hold]

I am about to start my first year at Cambridge in a month and a half. I was admitted for classics. During my whole application process, I knew I would want to switch when I arrive. Both my father and ...
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29 views

What are the benefits of editing a special issue?

My understanding is that editing a special issue helps encouraging research in a particular area, and gives the special issue editor a higher reputation in the field. But what makes this better than ...
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1answer
65 views

Impact of the Designation of the Recommender for a Workplace LOR for MS

I have 2 years of work experience in the CS field and am now intending to apply for my masters. Since I am a bit nervous about contacting my manager for a LOR (since I am not sure of the consequences),...
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2k views

Restroom and lunch breaks in medical school

My apologies if this is not the right place to be asking this question. My pregnant wife is an osteopathic medical student in New Mexico, and she tells me that the school does not always give them a ...
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1answer
68 views

Postdoc interview follow-up: HR or PI and how should I approach the conversation?

I had an interview about 4 days ago for a postdoc in Scandinavia. The interview went well, from what I could tell, and the committee seemed approving and pleased with my answers. I am thinking of ...
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32 views

Can we cite global footprint network outputs in peer-reviewed articles? [on hold]

I am wondering whether Global Footprint Network outputs can be cited in any part of the scientific articles, i.e. whether they are scientifically sound. For instance, https://www.overshootday.org/...
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1answer
108 views

Is recycling your own phrasing with a citation but without explicit quotation self-plagiarism?

I have a research proposal for which I spent a lot of effort writing the introduction and background so that it was as informative and elegant as possible. I would like to re-use this material simply ...
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1answer
106 views

Novelty of a research paper

Suppose I found out an algorithm/theorem, which is easy to understand and may be easy for the experts in the field to get it (with either same or different language). But after literature survey, If I ...
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0answers
64 views

Should I defer or start a PhD program right away? [on hold]

I just completed a Master's degree in Canada and have been accepted to a US PhD program beginning this fall as an international student. My Master's degree allows me to work as a healthcare provider. ...
4
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3answers
175 views

How can I contact potential PhD advisors without jeopardizing my position in my current PhD program?

(Sorry for the long question in advance! If it's too long, you could skip the first two paragraphs.) I'm currently enrolled in a PhD program in a relatively prestigious school, which is very well-...
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5answers
467 views

Can you get into a top grad school coming from UT Knox? [on hold]

I went to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where I got a BA in Philosophy and graduated with a 3.4 GPA. During my senior year, I discovered an incessant love of physics. However, I’ve had to ...
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48 views

Can I pocket a portion of my loan if I paid out-of-pocket beforehand? [on hold]

I've had a lot on my plate recently and now it's the final day for me to be able to pay the first portion of my tuition otherwise I won't be allowed to attend college. My loans haven't been finalized ...
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0answers
44 views

What are elements of scientific knowledge? [on hold]

On occasion on reviewing scientific knowledge dissemination formats (with focus on computer science: distillpub vs latex/pdf vs jupyter notebooks vs knitr/sweave/pweave vs sphinx docs) I came up with ...
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Teaching the daughter of a lecturer, while being simultaneously enrolled in his course

I'm a student in a bachelor program at a local university, while I'm also a teacher (professional school) of apprenticeship students within the same sphere of study. A few days ago I received the ...
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1answer
170 views

How to make clear tasks for students about resolving paradoxes?

Question When creating questions for coursework, exams, and similar, I sometimes want to task students with explaining counter-intuitive results or dissolving paradoxes, as I consider this is a good ...
8
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2answers
254 views

Why should I add co-authors on Google Scholar?

Google Scholar wants me to add areas of interest, photo, and co-authors. I understand why I may want to add the first two, but why add co-authors? All the publications already list the actual co-...
2
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1answer
121 views

Advice on career move - from industry to academia [on hold]

I think my situation is somewhat unusual and goes into the opposite direction: I have the possibility to move from industry back to academia. Background: I have been working in an industry position ...
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0answers
34 views

What should I write in a “Statement of objective” field of max 3000 letters in an application form? [on hold]

I am French applying to a Swiss university for a PhD. In the "Objectives and Interests" section of the online application form I have to write a "Statement of objective" (3000 letters maximum). I ...
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1answer
167 views

How to respond to a perceived unfair editorial decision?

We have an editorial decision after major revision: decline and resubmit. Decisive is a reviewer who feels that the novelty of our work is too much limited into a specific area. This reviewer gave ...
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2answers
162 views

Approaching lab head about getting my name last on paper

In my field, computational condensed-matter physics, the last author name in a paper is regarded as having a supervisory role. I know this is common to many fields but not all (notably, math). I am a ...
1
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1answer
120 views

Invitation to anti-plagiarism service Turnitin

I received the following unsolicited email: Subject: A new account Turnitin has been created for you Hi NAME SURNAME, you have been added as a teacher to the account, xxx, by Turnitin xxx ...
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4answers
3k views

What is the recommended level of detail for published mathematical proofs?

Suppose I am writing a Mathematics paper to a peer review reputed journal. I have to go from step 1 to step 2 in the paper which needs the knowledge of some well-established theorem X. Can I go from ...
3
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0answers
111 views

Can professor dictate dress code for class room? [duplicate]

This is the first week of fall semester in our university. It is still very hot and I understand everyone has right to wear what he/she wants to wear. But I my class one female student is wear too ...
4
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1answer
32 views

How can I get useful feedback when collaborating on research proposals?

I'm pleased to be working on grant applications and ethics applications with my supervisors. I willingly contribute however I can - either they assign me bits to work on, or I suggest how I can help. ...
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0answers
129 views

PhD application: Responses from a few professors, but no conversion [on hold]

I am looking for a PhD in Computer Vision, Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). The core of this question is to understand how do the following factors affect an application: Acceptable study gap. Do ...

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