Scientist (psychologist, with an affinity to technology), with a background in mobile media, critical thinking, and reflection.

Interested in writing, creating books, photography, work methods, and much more.

Feb
26
answered Does it make sense to get a PhD if a person does not want to be in academia and prefers to stay in business?
Feb
25
comment Is talking about quitting to your supervisor a point of no return?
Point of no return from whose perspective? Yours? (Agree with other comments here, chance to change something.) The supervisors? (Depends on the supervisor and how s/he handles these situations.) BTW, your question reminded me of this presentation youtube.com/watch?v=4MkRMp3roKQ by Hayton who reached a low point and used it. No two people experience a crisis exactly the same (and doing a PhD can have a lot of them), but perhaps its useful.
Feb
22
answered How to pick a PhD topic?
Feb
22
answered How to handle off-topic questions during an interview for a PhD/academic position?
Feb
10
awarded Nice Answer
Feb
9
answered Whether and how to thank a girlfriend or boyfriend in the acknowledgements of thesis?
Feb
9
comment Whether and how to thank a girlfriend or boyfriend in the acknowledgements of thesis?
@AndyPutman Perhaps those interested in the thesis are also so honest and altruistic, they leave the money for the next person ... ;-)
Jan
29
comment How to approach my supervisor when I've finished the task he assigned early?
Isn't it rather positive when a task is finished early? I mean, no supervisor can exactly gauge how long it will take a student to do a task, and if you are faster than expected, so much the better. Ready for new tasks, or as ff524 said, to work on your own/the big picture.
Jan
26
comment Is there deliberate gender preferential treatment in hiring or admission in STEM fields?
There's a posting on a German website (with a strong ideological slant), but which refers to a MPI paper regarding discrimination of men in sociology: cuncti.net/haltbar/… Haven't read it yet but might be interesting.
Jan
26
comment Is there deliberate gender preferential treatment in hiring or admission in STEM fields?
Regarding the "Frauenbeauftragte" -- it's "funny" that the position for "Gleichstellungsbeauftragte" (person in charge for equalization) is often limited to women only and can be elected only by women. Even in institutes with 2/3 women. Personally, I can accept not being selected due to my performance. I either try harder in the future or leave academia. But this kind of "positive" discrimination ... what can it provide but mediocrity and quarreling?
Jan
26
comment Is there deliberate gender preferential treatment in hiring or admission in STEM fields?
@Doug Spoonwood The proponents of these measures probably think that there are no differences between genders, so any real-life difference must be the result of discrimination. It's an ideological view ignoring interest and performance. And they focus on high-status jobs only (not on, e.g., jobs outside academia with a high mortality rate). I think the goal here is to a) assist unqualified academics and b) to promote conflict between genders. Just imagine the situation reversed with quotas for men. There would be an outcry. You can't create a fair world via unfair methods.
Jan
21
comment Whether to tell his prospective employer that a new male post doc opposes affirmative action for women in academia?
@Keith Touché ;-)
Jan
21
awarded Scholar
Jan
21
accepted Translation of Dr. rer. nat. outside of Germany
Jan
18
answered When to take questions during a thesis defense?
Jan
17
comment Translation of Dr. rer. nat. outside of Germany
Thank you, I missed that one. :-)
Jan
17
awarded Student
Jan
16
asked Translation of Dr. rer. nat. outside of Germany
Jan
16
comment What should a student do if a professor agrees to write recommendation, then retracts offer upon realizing he confused the student with someone else?
Agreed. I read it as if the prof already did the work, but it seems he "only" promised to do it. Waow, even worse. Overall, the lack of reflection is what would kill writing a reference letter for student B for me.
Jan
16
answered What should a student do if a professor agrees to write recommendation, then retracts offer upon realizing he confused the student with someone else?
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