We’ve all seen those commercials advertising personal genome sequencing. Companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com will sequence sections of your DNA and be able to extrapolate tons of information including, as the name suggests, your ancestry as well as genetic disorders and health risks. But while it’s very cool to find out that you’re 65% Ethiopian… Read More DNA and Me (Part 1)
Throughout my grad school experience working weekends has become more and more common place. What’s more is now I often feel guilty the weekends I don’t go into work, especially if the alternative is just relaxing at home. And I know I’m not alone in this. But my question is “Is that healthy?” And I… Read More What is a “week-end”?
Lundi dernier, 14h. Je termine un Skype avec ma directrice. Je lui montre un peu où j’en suis dans mes recherches, un peu où je pense me diriger peut-être éventuellement un jour plus ou moins lointain. Bref, je ne sais pas du tout où j’en suis. Encore moins où mes recherches vont se diriger. J’ai… Read More Connaître (plus ou moins) la destination, mais pas le chemin
It’s official: Montreal was recently ranked as the best student city in the world. I’m not surprised. While I’ve only been a post-secondary student in two other cities (one in Ontario and one in Australia), both of which I liked very much, Montreal is the perfect city for my life as a master’s student. Why,… Read More Why Montreal is Magnificent for Master’s Students
Before coming to McGill, I did not know what the expression Digital Humanities means. Now, one year and a half after, I’m focusing my research on this field. I presented it at the last Digital Humanities Showcase that this year took place at McGill on January 26th. It was not only an occasion to share my… Read More Being digital humanists….
At the end of The beginning of a story, the story was left open on purpose. Hope, possibility, opportunity, chaos, chance were the words that concluded that post, but now it’s time to add chaos to the unfolded life of that character. The phone was ringing loudly. The noise annoyed him. He answered to just stop it and did… Read More Successes: the story continues…
Lucky me, all the people I study for my PhD are dead a couple of centuries ago. I don’t have to ask them any questions, even if that would be a great help sometimes. Well, all the time, but I can’t. I have to find the answers I need in ancient documents. But some grad… Read More I like to do surveys (like this one)
I have not counted the number of times that someone has asked: So why are you doing a PhD? The question does not stem from genuine interest in my proposed research, nor does it come from an interest in my possible future career aspirations in academia. Rather, the question arises because I am clearly… Read More Late Entry: When is the right time to do a PhD?
Ah, grad school. Aka the years of your life where you’re learning how much you don’t know, pushing your personal and professional boundaries, and managing an outrageously busy schedule. Grad school schedules come with deadlines. Deadlines for abstract submissions, funding applications, and course work, on top of lab meetings, data collection, and social endeavours. Here… Read More Top 5 Tips to Increase Productivity
Entering the second semester of my master’s, I was following my proposed schedule perfectly. I had completed all of my required course work, applied for funding, and helped with data collection for our second year master’s student. I learned how to use relevant processing programs for my lab work, read what felt like one million… Read More Rolling with the Punches: Coping with Change in Grad School