Preparing for the Job Market Maze

Many of us are preparing to enter the academic job market this fall and are wondering where to start and how to navigate this unfamiliar and intimidating terrain. In a recent professional development talk at Michigan State University, Dr. Sowande’ Mustakeem offered the following suggestions from her own successful experience on the job market: Begin …

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A Translation of Software Engineering Jargon

In the past few days, I attended two different workshops co-located with the International Conference on Software Engineering. The workshops were: the International Workshop on Software Engineering for Computational Science and Engineering (SECSI) and the International Workshop on Conducting Empirical Studies in Industry (CESI). I’ve learned one major thing from both of these workshops: Software …

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The Cost of Open Science

I just finished reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, an excellent book about the HeLa cell line cultured from cancerous cells taken from Henrietta Lacks. In addition to raising some really interesting and astonishing questions about the appropriate (mis)use of patients’ tissue samples, a section about George Gey caught my eye and made me …

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Tribes and the Michigan Wolf Hunt

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has approved a wolf hunting season here in Michigan, just one day after Governor Snyder signed legislation authorizing the Commission to determine whether to allow such hunting. In recent years, Anishnaabe tribes (Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa) in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota have opposed state-sanctioned wolf-hunting.  Wolves are important in the religious teachings of Anishnaabe people, …

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