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Ad Lagendijk Ad Lagendijk 14 September 2012

My group, Your group, or Our group

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Posted in PhD life, politics, Tips

In science the dilemma of either cooperating or competing is everywhere. The situation is never black or white and depends on the discipline. In this post I will limit myself to the typical small-science group model: one group leader, one or two postdocs and a number – typically between 4 and 6, of PhD students.

Pressure
All the group member are under pressure. PhD students have to finish their thesis in time, with preferably a couple of first-author articles in glossy magazines.

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Klaas Wynne Klaas Wynne 26 November 2010

Moving to a new job

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Posted in Research and education

I haven’t posted to this blog for while. There has been a perfectly good reason for this: I have been busy in the past year applying for and then moving to a new job. Now that things are settling down a tiny bit, I thought that some of you might be interested in some aspects of that.

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Ad Lagendijk Ad Lagendijk 16 March 2010

In web 2.0 learned societies could rule the Internet

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Posted in Web 2.0

The Internet is here to stay. Besides its many advantages two major drawbacks are daily visible: (i) abuse of anonymity and (ii) lack of quality control of presented information. These two issues are related: if  an onymous (pun intended) person with an impeccable reputation endorses an article on the web, chances are high that the paper is indeed of quality.

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