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(UK, mathematics) Making the most of a teaching job as an aspiring researcher

I finished my PhD a few years ago, and since then have been hopping from temporary job to temporary job every year. They've all been research-and-teaching jobs, which has been exactly what I wanted. I ...
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Are communicability and verifiability the only reasons to prohibit other true results? [closed]

In order to publish a research paper in a particular domain, or the domain itself must satisfy the above two requirements: Communicable to and verifiable by other people. Isn't it? In this context, I ...
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Does being a top-tier university always imply unhealthy graduate student environments?

Main Question: To what degree is a competitive (as opposed to collaborative or mutually-supportive) academic environment endemic of famous/top-tier/high-powered institutions? This question developed ...
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How to get the word out about an academic competition?

I'm hosting an academic competition, and I need to get the word out to any peers that may be interested in participating. My advisor told me to search for academic mailing lists, but I can't find any. ...
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How to know a community of researchers in order to be more successful in research and getting papers accepted? [closed]

Knowledge is what lies between heads of people in a community; This is an idea, I recently learned from a video tutorial on writing research papers in a youtube video. In this video, a professor ...
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Is it my responsibility to refute misinformation in social situations? [closed]

Seldom does a day pass without a juicy piece of misinformation catching my eye. Generally these are the regular thoroughly debunked myths. Be it that vaccines cause autism, or humans cannot possibly ...
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What is the best way to merge subfigures and convert to a required format for submission to a journal?

I'm currently preparing a paper for publication and so trying to construct the figures. I'm finding it more difficult than making figures for a report mainly because journals expect one figure file ...
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Should I warn colleagues of another colleague's sexism?

Over the years, I have had experiences at some conferences where more senior faculty members have been—shall we say—less than appropriate to women in the field. The same can be said about colleagues ...
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How can we justify basic research funding?

Definitions: Basic science is research conducted without immediate applications in mind. It is driven by the "curiosity [...] to expand [humanity's] knowledge, not to create or invent something." ...
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Interdisciplinary Problem Session hosted by Mathematics Department: Advice

I work in a Department of Mathematics in the Irish Institute of Technology sector. Funding for mathematics research has been reduced by the Higher Education Authority and between this, a heavy ...
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I have made my independent research available as a book on my website. Why is it not celebrated by the mathematics community? [closed]

Some mathematicians said that general topology in general and theory of proximity spaces in particular are dead (meaning that no new discoveries appear in this field of mathematics). I have ...
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How to make a connection with academics on Linkedin that they would accept?

I read that some academics would avoid accepting students (undergraduate or graduate) or other researchers requests on Linkedin. So what are the cases that could be acceptable for academics to add ...
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Why are Macbooks so ubiquitous in Science, if they are status symbols [closed]

In Biology, I was told, you will almost not be able to find a professor that does not have a Macbook. And as soon as they have enough money, students and scientific staff will follow. But also in my ...
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Why are contributions to the education of the broader public not valued much within academia?

Scientists not only need to discover new knowledge but also have to share the knowledge to others. For the former, we have things like universities, collaborate groups and journals to take charge. For ...
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is being at a highly reputable university the only way to progress in academia [closed]

I'm in my 4th year of my phd at a fairly small and less known university (in Europe) where I also did my bachelors and masters. I submitted 6 more papers to the top conference in the field and every ...
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By what main criteria does the mathematical community judge whether an open problem is important?

By what main criteria does the mathematical community judge whether an open problem is important among many others open problems in mathematics? For example if we say that the Riemann Hypothesis is an ...
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What kind of science jobs are there at the European level? [closed]

I'm thinking about opportunities for PhDs beyond the traditional academic route, for example in policy. I'm curious then, to hear about what kind of work there is at the level of the European ...
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Creating a community around my research book

I have written a research book on the topic of abstract pure mathematics. Now the book is in review with a scientific publisher. In the book there are some conjectures formulated by myself. There are ...
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“Soft” ways to contribute to the research community in a new and growing field

I am doing my PhD research in a new multidisciplinary field within Computer Science. It is new in the sense that there are still no tools/implementations publicly available and several workshops co-...
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How much can you share unpublished forum articles?

There are some journals, such as Behavioral and Brain Sciences, that publish a single target article per issue, followed by 20 to 30 commentaries on that article, and then a rebuttal/synthesis from ...
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How do you make connections to faculty outside your department?

I feel like the answer to this question should be obvious, but it doesn't seem to be. Anyway, in my second year on the tenure track, I find myself more confined to my corner of the ivory tower than I ...
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Statistics on readership and posting habits for academic blogs

Although this stackexchange seems to be a little hostile towards metrics (especially when they are about research productivity), it is still sometimes fun to indulge in a little bit of arbitrary ...
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Differences in quality between a PhD with graduate course work, and one purely on research?

The UK PhD programs are based upon just research for three years, whereas in the US there tends to be substantial graduate course work included. How does this difference affect the quality of the ...
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Taking break/vacation during graduate studies/PhD

Do people take time out to go home, meet with family etc. during their PhD? If yes then for how long and how frequently is it usually? How does one deal with this with one's advisor? What are the ...
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What is being done to make the academic environment more women friendly?

The number of women in some academia disciplines like computer science remains low despite the continuous efforts to increase it. What is being done to make academic careers in computer science (and ...
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Student feedback and jealousy between colleagues

As a student, I know that some lecturers just do a better job at getting their point across than others, consequently I would give them better feedback than others. I assume that teachers receive ...
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In universities, how to team up with your colleagues?

Many times in universities, people don't dedicate much time to build friendly relationships with colleagues. Unfortunately, this happens both in the tenured positions and in non-tenured positions, ...
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How to increase the odds of becoming an invited speaker at science conferences?

Invited talks are important for moving up the academic ladder, so I'd like to know how one maximizes the odds of being offered to be an invited speaker at conferences. I am aware of the most obvious ...
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When is it appropriate to decline a review request?

There are some clear reasons to decline a review request, such as conflict-of-interests or not enough free time (e.g., going on a vacation..). But what if you are just not interested in the paper you ...
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Is web-presence important for researchers?

How important is web-presence to researchers? How does its importance vary by fields? (My interest is STEM, theory in particular) I noticed that there is a pretty large variation in amount of web-...
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Software for managing departmental alumni relations

My department is looking for a CRM tool to manage its relationship with graduated students (either on BSc, MSc or PhD level). What we want to achieve: Show our candidates that you can get a well ...
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Usefulness of graduate school extracurriculars

All graduate programs have committees such as the "social committee" and "speaker series committees", as well as Graduate Student Organizations and other organizations to work on behalf of these ...
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Will people judge me negatively for skipping department seminars?

I'm a graduate student in the Earth Sciences. The breadth of my departments runs the gamut from geobiology to geophysics and everything in between. As a result, a large number of the department ...