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Conversations with Academics

Conversations with Academics

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A conversation with academics about what they do.

Latest Episodes

21: David Murray

David Murray - Entrepreneur and writer -David and I talk about his journey from through higher education, an archaeology excavation in Europe, his study of Classics, some entrepreneurial endeavors, and his latest switch to writing. David and I ramble for quite a while, but I hope some of it is useful or interesting.

--4 d ago
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21: David Murray

20: Dr. Matthew Silk

Dr. Matthew Silk - University of Exeter - Matt and I talk about how Covid has affected us, his journey from the PhD through a couple of postdocs (along with what is next for him), his recent paper "Perils and pitfalls of mixed-effects regression models in biology" and statistics more generally, at the end Matt gives some advice about being brave and "going for it" when contacting potential advisors.

--OCT 16
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20: Dr. Matthew Silk

19: Dr. Jesse Barber

Dr. Jesse Barber - Boise State University Jesse tells me about his academic journey, and we end by discussing publishing houses, journals, and the ethics surrounding decisions to submit to a journal.

--JUN 23
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19: Dr. Jesse Barber

18: Dr. Kathryn Turner

Dr. Kathryn Turner - Idaho State University Kathryn tells me about her experience in the job search and what sort of things to look out for. She stresses the importance of hobbies, or taking time away from work, and she ends with the power of sleep and talking to humans - we are social creatures after all.

--2019 DEC 18
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18: Dr. Kathryn Turner

17: Dr. Kristin Byrd

Dr. Kristin Byrd - USGS (Western Geographic Science Center, Moffett Field, CA) Kristin tells me about her career trajectory, her current work, and life in a government position. She talks a bit about some skills that hiring committees might be after, and how her daily life probably isn't very different from that which would be found in a University position.

--2019 DEC 5
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17: Dr. Kristin Byrd

16: Dr. Nick Dowdy

Dr. Nick Dowdy - NSF Post Doctoral Fellow (Milwaukee Public Museum) & Assistant Research Professor (Wake Forest University) Nick tells me about not having a great work-life balance, being a self-proclaimed 'workaholic.' We discuss how work can sometimes actually be a hobby, and figuring out what is right for you. We discuss checking emails as a way to procrastinate or lose time. We discuss the difference between working all the time and productivity in a 'publish or perish' world. Nick uses a phrase 'productive procrastinator' to describe working on new / side projects, and explains how having a significant other can help with the balance, at least a little bit.

--2019 NOV 7
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16: Dr. Nick Dowdy

15: Dr. Steven Alexander

Dr. Steven Alexander - University of Waterloo - Environmental Change and Governance Group Steven tells me about his journey as an educator, and then his introduction to research. We talk a bit about decision making and having multiple threads of importance in your life. Academics can get caught up in only thinking that one thing, career progress, is important - often leaving other very important things behind.

--2019 OCT 24
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15: Dr. Steven Alexander

14: Dr. Georgia Hart-Fredeluces

Dr. Georgia Hart-Fredeluces - Idaho State University - Dept. of Sociology Georgia tells me about her journey into, out of, and back into academia - and how this path is never really that clear. She tells me about how she has trusted herself to know when something is not quite right, and how she made brave changes in her life in those cases.

--2019 OCT 17
Comments
14: Dr. Georgia Hart-Fredeluces

13: Dr. Rob Quinlan

Dr. Rob Quinlan - Washington State University - Dept. of Anthropology Rob and I talk about academic culture, and what might be wrong with some of it. He discusses patterns of time management in both academics and hunter gatherer societies - and how much time the later spends being 'idle.'

--2019 OCT 10
Comments
13: Dr. Rob Quinlan

12: Dr. Katy Prudic

Dr. Katy Prudic - University of Arizona Katy and I talk about her recent job search process, hobbies, and starting a citizen science program. She co-founded and manages a citizen science program called eButterfly.

--2019 SEP 26
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12: Dr. Katy Prudic

Latest Episodes

21: David Murray

David Murray - Entrepreneur and writer -David and I talk about his journey from through higher education, an archaeology excavation in Europe, his study of Classics, some entrepreneurial endeavors, and his latest switch to writing. David and I ramble for quite a while, but I hope some of it is useful or interesting.

--4 d ago
Comments
21: David Murray

20: Dr. Matthew Silk

Dr. Matthew Silk - University of Exeter - Matt and I talk about how Covid has affected us, his journey from the PhD through a couple of postdocs (along with what is next for him), his recent paper "Perils and pitfalls of mixed-effects regression models in biology" and statistics more generally, at the end Matt gives some advice about being brave and "going for it" when contacting potential advisors.

--OCT 16
Comments
20: Dr. Matthew Silk

19: Dr. Jesse Barber

Dr. Jesse Barber - Boise State University Jesse tells me about his academic journey, and we end by discussing publishing houses, journals, and the ethics surrounding decisions to submit to a journal.

--JUN 23
Comments
19: Dr. Jesse Barber

18: Dr. Kathryn Turner

Dr. Kathryn Turner - Idaho State University Kathryn tells me about her experience in the job search and what sort of things to look out for. She stresses the importance of hobbies, or taking time away from work, and she ends with the power of sleep and talking to humans - we are social creatures after all.

--2019 DEC 18
Comments
18: Dr. Kathryn Turner

17: Dr. Kristin Byrd

Dr. Kristin Byrd - USGS (Western Geographic Science Center, Moffett Field, CA) Kristin tells me about her career trajectory, her current work, and life in a government position. She talks a bit about some skills that hiring committees might be after, and how her daily life probably isn't very different from that which would be found in a University position.

--2019 DEC 5
Comments
17: Dr. Kristin Byrd

16: Dr. Nick Dowdy

Dr. Nick Dowdy - NSF Post Doctoral Fellow (Milwaukee Public Museum) & Assistant Research Professor (Wake Forest University) Nick tells me about not having a great work-life balance, being a self-proclaimed 'workaholic.' We discuss how work can sometimes actually be a hobby, and figuring out what is right for you. We discuss checking emails as a way to procrastinate or lose time. We discuss the difference between working all the time and productivity in a 'publish or perish' world. Nick uses a phrase 'productive procrastinator' to describe working on new / side projects, and explains how having a significant other can help with the balance, at least a little bit.

--2019 NOV 7
Comments
16: Dr. Nick Dowdy

15: Dr. Steven Alexander

Dr. Steven Alexander - University of Waterloo - Environmental Change and Governance Group Steven tells me about his journey as an educator, and then his introduction to research. We talk a bit about decision making and having multiple threads of importance in your life. Academics can get caught up in only thinking that one thing, career progress, is important - often leaving other very important things behind.

--2019 OCT 24
Comments
15: Dr. Steven Alexander

14: Dr. Georgia Hart-Fredeluces

Dr. Georgia Hart-Fredeluces - Idaho State University - Dept. of Sociology Georgia tells me about her journey into, out of, and back into academia - and how this path is never really that clear. She tells me about how she has trusted herself to know when something is not quite right, and how she made brave changes in her life in those cases.

--2019 OCT 17
Comments
14: Dr. Georgia Hart-Fredeluces

13: Dr. Rob Quinlan

Dr. Rob Quinlan - Washington State University - Dept. of Anthropology Rob and I talk about academic culture, and what might be wrong with some of it. He discusses patterns of time management in both academics and hunter gatherer societies - and how much time the later spends being 'idle.'

--2019 OCT 10
Comments
13: Dr. Rob Quinlan

12: Dr. Katy Prudic

Dr. Katy Prudic - University of Arizona Katy and I talk about her recent job search process, hobbies, and starting a citizen science program. She co-founded and manages a citizen science program called eButterfly.

--2019 SEP 26
Comments
12: Dr. Katy Prudic
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