“Good” or “bad” students?

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Universities tend to pride themselves in having “the best students” or the most “competitive programs”. An assumption is that this is achieved by keeping the acceptance rate as low as possible, only allowing those with top grades to enter the programs. Is this the best practice? Since I started teaching again last semester, I have thought more about how we judge the quality of our students when we say that they are “good” or “bad”. Continue reading

Being a (female) academic

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This week I was invited to talk to the female postdocs at my university about my experience with creating an academic career path for myself, as a woman. This is what I told them. Continue reading

The grant application – from idea to deadline

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The CauMed team in Bodø, Norway in May 2012. From left: Stephen Mumford, me, Thor Eirik Eriksen, Svein Anders Noer Lie and Roger Kerry.

I don’t think that producing a grant application is easy. What I have plenty of, is ideas. The challenge is to develop an idea into a complete research project and present it in a 10 page document, including largely methodological and administrative points. So here is what I do.

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From Postdoc to Principal Investigator

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I have been a researcher in temporary positions for about 15 years. Four years ago, I became Principal Investigator. The project was four years. My PhD-students had three years. It was my responsibility that we completed on time. So I was stressed. Most of the time.

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How safe is a condom?

UntitledOn Friends, Rachel becomes pregnant with Ross in spite of using a condom. It comes as a shock to all when they hear that condoms are only 97 percent effective. Or, as Rachel puts it, condoms only work 97 percent of the time. But what does this really mean? Continue reading