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Two researchers want to work on the same extension to my paper. Who to help?

I recently presented a paper in a top-tier conference in a computer engineering field. I did that work as a research assistant under a Professor but now I am working in the industry. Two different ...
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For STEM fields, is there self-segregation in United States academia?

I notice that often a lot of Chinese mathematicians collaborate with other Chinese, and Americans collaborate with other Americans. Many of the journal papers that I look up seem to indicate this ...
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Resolving dependency on a senior colleague before deadline

(Disclaimer: While this question pertains to interpersonal issues in a working environment, I feel it is better suited to this SE than Workplace because of it being in the context of a lack of formal ...
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How do I communicate effectively and work in an interdisciplinary research team?

Forgive the MS paint. But as someone who often straddles two different domains of research and knowledge, how does one translate the jargon that is commonly found in one field and effectively ...
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Cover letter: List strangers as potential collaborators? And/or, can/should I be contacting them?

From The Professor Is In and from other sources, I've gotten the impression that it's very good practice to refer to possible collaborators both within and outside of your department or academic unit. ...
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Who should be first author? Theory person or Experiment person?

The situation: Two PhD students named 'Theory' and 'Experiment' are working on a project. Both are experimentalists by training but, from experiences working on a separate project, Theory comes up ...
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Should I remind someone of a previous invitation to give a talk?

I recently emailed a senior professor in a neighboring state, that I've never met, with some comments on his recent paper and pointing to some of my papers with related results. It turns out he was ...
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Can a postdoc conduct collaborative research with people that are not their PI?

I am a junior faculty member at a research university. I am working with postdoc A on a project. Postdoc A's PI, Dr. B, works in the same university, but is affiliated with another department. Prior ...
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Strategies, approaches, methods for motivating innovation adoption in academia [closed]

I'm curious about what strategies, approaches and/or methods people (successfully) use in academia for motivating colleagues to adopt innovative research collaboration mechanisms, workflows and/or ...
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What kind of video conference software do academics use?

I'm a new graduate student and my adviser asked me to set up a meeting with some out-of-state colleagues (whom I haven't met yet) to start working on a collaboration that I'll be playing a major role ...
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How to build bridges between mathematicians, computer scientists and biologists?

I am part of a recently founded laboratory in computational biology and we are trying to get all the parts (biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and so on) to speak the same language, or ...
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A potential collaborator applies for a grant on his own: what should I do?

In response to a solicitation in an area of my expertise, I approached a known expert in a different field; I had thought of a way to apply that field to solve the problem. He liked my idea and set ...
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Is it OK to only invite one of three co-authors of a previous joint paper to do another joint paper?

I have co-authored one paper with Professor A, PhD student B and PhD student C. B left the best impression on me as the most friendly, productive and hard-working. Now, I want to do a joint paper ...
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Examples of teams of teachers?

There was another question In universities, how to team up with your colleagues? which talked about building relationships but what I am really curious about is: Are there any universities which ...
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How to deal with a difficult team supervisor?

I m in the fourth year of my PhD in veterinary sciences in North America. My Research project involves a lot of farm/team work. I have to work with technicians, farm staff, research associates and ...
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Am I obliged to share my most promising data?

I have just started a PhD along with another candidate. We are each looking at different aspects of the same subject. His data provide context for mine, while my data simply add value to his. As I ...