Sometimes a professor will require you to purchase their own textbook for a class. I don't think this should be allowed. The reason for this is that I'm already paying for the class content, so it's not fair for them to charge extra for the required content. For example, if I worked a desk job I wouldn't charge my boss money to give them a power point or report, because providing that information is an implied part of my job. It's the same way with the class. It is the professor's job to give us the relevant material they have for the class and they are just scamming us by witholding some of it. They are basically double charging for one job.
I recently came across the Twitter account of an academic research scientist (professor at a well known university) and saw that he has thousands of tweets promoting all sorts of insane conspiracy theories, pro-Trump propaganda from extreme right wing news sources, and even conspiracy theories about COVID-19. The COVID stuff is really shocking because it is not that far from his field of research! He looks to be a mid-level professor. This is disturbing to me. Scientists are supposed to be promoters of reason, truth, and evidence. What this person is doing is the antithesis of that. This Twitter account is under his real name, but it seems to be flying under the radar because he is only following a bunch of right wing propagandists. He has no followers in his field and isn't following any other scientists. I have verified that it is indeed the professor's account. His username is a science term from his field, and he has posted some slightly less inflammatory things publicly on facebook also where his photo is visible.
What should I do in this situation? Contact his academic department? Retweet some of his stuff to draw attention to it? His research is funded by the US government and I don't think a conspiracy nut and propagandist should be in charge of a federally funded research lab.
I'm a senior in college and decided to take a class with a professor who is one of the top in the world in our field. We had final presentations and I picked a topic that he has done lots of research on and even used his papers for my references, and when I finished he said every single thing I said was spot on and that I was one of the best presentations he had seen, that he didn't have a single question because it was so thorough. And he finished it with "you are going to make an amazing doctor."
It brought me to tears. For so long, people have been telling me I'm not smart enough or not driven enough, but hearing this man, who is one of the best of the best in my chosen field, tell me I am going to be able to do it has just motivated me beyond belief. Just wanted to share this positive experience.
EDIT: Wow, I did not think I would receive this much of a response. I appreciate each and every one of your comments and the support has been so overwhelming. I'm trying to answer everyone but if I don't get the chance to, thank you so much. And if you haven't heard it, you are amazing at whatever you do or want to do. I believe in you.
EDIT#2: I can’t believe how overwhelming the response to this is... my professor emailed me, reiterated what he had told me afterwards and then asked for my presentation so he can give it to his colleagues. I’m so overwhelmed and emotional right now, I am so grateful for all the kind words you have said. For those of you asking about my presentation, here’s a short synapsis: my presentation is on the topic of concussions, with a specific emphasis on molecules released following a traumatic brain injury, and how these molecules affect brain function, the longevity of their presence in the body (which, in most cases, is longer than the typical concussion recovery period for athletes of 1-2 weeks) and the use of these molecules to diagnose concussions in an effort to reduce CT scans and MRIs as a diagnostic tool. If you’re looking to read it, just message me and I can try to send it along!
And finally, thank you all for the awards, but please consider donating to the National Girls Collaborative, an organization to promote gender equity in STEM fields, or any other organization. Much love to you all.
Hey guys so today is the first day of the new Semester where I'm from (germany) and i woke up at 11:02am since i thought my first lecture would be at 2pm. I then woke up to an e-mail saying there was a zoom meeting at 11am. So i immediatly turned on my pc and joined the meeting and asked a friend of mine if he also joined ? He didnt even know what i was talking about so i texted him the meeting id and the password and asked him if he wanted to listen to the lecture together on discord. He said "yes" so we hopped onto the discord together and begun trashtalking the prof for the bad communication where i called him a son of a bitch for sending the mail at 10am for a lesson at 11am. Now heres the problem. Every lecture i had last semester immediatly muted everyone who joined so in my mind i was muted....Turns out i wasnt and immediatly my phone got flooded with messages asking me to turn my mic off.Great start to the new Semster, i hope you guys had a better day than me today :D
TL;DR thought i was muted and called my prof a son of a bitch in fornt of 150 people while trashtalking him with my friend
While researching one of my colleges (T-50) for RD supps, I came across a professor doing research in a very niche subject somewhere in the realm of my intended major that I have been interested in quite literally since middle school.
I did a extended research paper on one of the subtopics the professor is studying last year and decided, hey, why not shoot her an email asking about research positions in her lab. It can't hurt and cold emails almost never get responses, especially if you're just contacting one person. So I drafted one up and sent it late-afternoon yesterday. Didn't think I would hear anything back since I haven't been admitted to the school yet and I still am a HS senior.
Well, lo and behold, I wake up at 7:30am this morning to a long, long email. Provided that I get in, not only does this prof want to help me get an internship with the program she works for, but also wants my ideas regarding an upcoming paper she is publishing and wants me to help her out in her lab. She even sent me an advance copy of the manuscript!
I'm literally so shocked right now. I would love to do research in this subject and to have someone who is interested in helping me do it is amazing! Almost makes up for the amount of crying this week that I've done over supplements!
This August, I began my first tenure-track job. I am from a large coastal urban area in the USA, but my job is at a regional state university located in a college town. This town is located 21 hours from home and 5 hours from the nearest large city. The nearest Trader Joe's and Whole Foods (aka basic needs) are 2 hours away!
I like my job, but I'm really having trouble with the town. My friends back home describe me as a friendly and outgoing person, yet it is hard for me to make friends here. No one is mean; I'm just having trouble finding people I vibe with. I attribute this to two factors:
There aren't even activities I would enjoy doing alone here. I'm a big foodie (the restaurants here are all about meat, meat, and more meat); I enjoy going to museums (the museums here are extremely small and regionally-focused); and I LOVE shopping (this town has little more than Walmart & Target).
So, as you can see, I'm really out of my element. I love to travel, and I'm willing to take on pretty much any city. However, I've never wanted to live anywhere other than a large city, and now I find myself in a town straight out of a Hallmark movie.
Has anyone else found themselves in this situation? If yes, what did you do about it? I thought about getting a second small place so I could spend the weekend in the small/mid-sized city with Trader Joe's and Whole Foods (and a lot more to do than my college town), but my salary won't allow it. :(
Thanks for your input! :)
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