The “Herrera” moment

with many thanks and congratulations to Juan Felipe Herrera...

let us gather in a flourishing way
en la luz y en la carne of our heart to toil
tranquilos in fields of blossoms
juntos to stretch los brazos
tranquilos with the rain en la mañana
temprana estrella on our forehead
cielo de calor and wisdom to meet us
where we toil siempre
in the garden of our struggle and joy
— an excerpt from “Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way” by Juan Felipe Herrera

Tears were glistening in her eyes and spilling over to splash down her cheek. She turned her head to look at him, who apparently had already looked at her. She turned her eyes to his eyes. With a teardrop hidden in a corner of his eye, he reached out and gently touched her hand. His eyes were locked on hers.
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[TIPS] Handling Q&A session

My graduate students asked for some tips to handle conference’ Q&A session. Here are my answers. I find these useful not only for conferences, but also in everyday interactions.

1. When you think you really know the answer, wait 5 seconds before you say it. Sometimes you don’t really know whether you really know or just think you really know.
2. Avoid a ‘stupid’ moment: before reacting (negatively/harshly/carelessly/…), think of something stupid and don’t say it. Continue reading [TIPS] Handling Q&A session

A neighbor with a beautiful mind

In the last decade or so, I came across some intellectual celebrities in various occasions in various places. No, I don’t have any evidence of my encounters with these people, no autograph, no selfies, nada. I had some email exchanges with a couple of them but I’d keep these to myself. Also, while they’re inspirational, meeting them didn’t not make me any special. Just because they’re brilliant, genius, and famous, it doesn’t mean that I turned brilliant, genius, and famous once I met them. Unlike in scenes of many feel-good Hollywood movies, I don’t have any life-changing moments in any of these encounters. In fact, some of the stories are probably rather ordinary, as exemplified in the story I am going to tell you. Continue reading A neighbor with a beautiful mind

Publishing in academia (2): Co-authorship

Academic articles (also, to a certain degree, books and monographs), especially in science & engineering, frequently are published by multiple authors. Co-authorship has also become more common in social sciences and even in humanities which historically adopted a single-author tradition.

Is there any rule/regulation regarding the co-authorship? If so, what are the rules?

The practices of co-authorship  usually depend on the fields, disciplines, countries, and institutions. But, yes, there are actually rules in place!  Continue reading Publishing in academia (2): Co-authorship

Publishing in academia (1): Basic information

This is a slideshow I made to share some very very basic information about publishing a journal article for graduate students who never published before.https://prezi.com/2wekrbuldmkw/publishing-a-journal-article/

Feel free to share this to those who may need it.

This is the first in the series. Will try to get the next slideshow done soon. Continue reading Publishing in academia (1): Basic information

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Imagine that one day you were just watching television and suddenly heard news about a missing plane. And you were oblivious to the fact that someone in that plane was your loved one. Minutes later, you saw a familiar name in the list of passengers. Suddenly it felt like someone had knocked all the air out of you. You went numb. Your heart sank. And your blood ran cold. All at the same time. Those cliche phrases that you thought only exist in a fiction suddenly turned real. Worse, in your next minutes, hours, and days, that very same television screen would replay the tragedy over and over again, scene by scene, bits by bits, like a never ending nightmare.  Continue reading No comment