|"This is an area you should thrive for in the coming year."
||[Dec. 30th, 2012|01:21 am]
I got my annual review letter from my graduate program. It's much longer and more boilerplatey than the ones I've gotten in the past, so I won't quote the whole thing, but the gist of it is that I'm doing fine and the program will continue to fund me, provided that I hurry up and submit my research committee paperwork by spring. They're correct that I'm behind schedule on that -- I've been delayed by the fact that one of my committee members doesn't actually join our faculty until next month!
The letter also contained this paragraph:
As a Ph.D. student, it is critical to submit and publish your research results to peer-reviewed venues. This is an area you should thrive for in the coming year.
As flattering as "thrive in" might be, I think "strive for" is what must have been intended.
Sorry if it's not just in terms of paperwork that I've been delaying you. I'm unpacking in Bloomington now so please let me know if I can help in person somehow. Cheers!
Human brains ~= markov chains.
Often somewhat sleepy ones, too!
there had to have been some backwards markov chaining going on there too.
2012-12-30 12:42 pm (UTC)
Pardon my ignorance of US research bureaucracy, but what is your "research committee"? My first idea when hearing about "committee members" was that you were organizing a new conference (or Open Access journal!); that would be quite interesting but it seems unlikely that your graduate program would feel that concerned.
So I don't understand what you will actually have to do with Chung-chieh Shan, but congratulations in any case: he's been doing very interesting, wide-ranged, and refreshingly interdisciplinary, research, so that sounds like an excellent opportunity.
What my school calls a research committee is perhaps more commonly known as a thesis committee
Let's start an OA journal, anonymous commenter!
In the grim future of publishing on the web, journals will be hosted on wordpress/googlesites/github/tumblr, and they will have no budgets whatever.
"Click to reblog this peer-reviewed journal article! Fork it on github!"
2013-01-01 06:43 pm (UTC)
I think starting a journal is quite a lot of work. I don't think I have the necessary time right now, and I'm not sure I am qualified as a newcomer in the research world (I don't know about you, but I don't take the time to read the *accepted* papers at the big conferences in my field, so I would feel childish about trying to come with similar paper lists myself).
My "little step" in the direction of making this idea a reality is to encourage everyone I know to put his or her articles on arXiv. Really. Once everyone puts stuff on arXiv, we know where to look for "articles" to assess and review, and a journal edition can be just a series of link to those, produced as the result of a discussion/feedback process that, hopefully, also helps authors improve their presentation (this is also part of the value of peer review).
You can also contribute to Open Access journals. I cannot describe in words the respect I feel for everyone working to make "Logical Methods in Computer Science" ( http://www.lmcs-online.org/index.php ) a reality. It's got the perfect open access policy, a terrific set of managing editors, and varied content (not everything in it is my cup of tea, in fact it's a bit too logic-oriented for my "programming languages"-oriented skill set). I'm not exactly sure what's the best way to help initiatives such as these, but I suspect that "make good research, write good journal versions of it, and submit them there" is the best (and hardest to follow) advice. Speaking about it to other peoples is also probably helpful. Ah, and read the articles.
Maybe it's an optimistic prediction?
Maybe. I certainly thrive to be optimistic myself.