It seems to be the trend that less and less students take notes in class. Lately, and particularly this semester, for some reason, I have been noticing that several students take pictures of the blackboards with their phones in lieu of taking notes.

While I’m not necessarily against this, if it helps them focus on class, I’m uncomfortable about being in a million pictures by these students. I’d like to speak up, but it’s already a few weeks into the semester, and I don’t want to make the students feel uncomfortable either. Is there anything that I can do to resolve this without creating discomfort on either side?

Some administrators and professors and I were talking about all the recent events going on, and I feel I may have participated a bit much in the dialogue and now feel I may have gotten on some people’s bad side. If I email one or more of these profs. / admins, I risk drawing attention to a non-issue – there’s no proof that any of them were even bothered by the dialogue, yet I feel uneasy about the current events being discussed so openly inside of a school building.

What do you recommend that I do? Be proactive and send an email and apologize in the event that I may have misspoken about something — or keep my mouth shut and don’t draw any more attention to that conversation?

Researchers need to get together with each other in conferences to give talks, listen to talks, discuss with others, network, etc. But travel to conferences is expensive and adds substantially to one’s carbon footprint.

How can this kind of academic interaction be accomplished remotely, i.e. without traveling? How can remote participation in conferences be set up so as to approach the effectiveness of in-person attendance?

I got accepted into my dream program at one of the best universities in the US, and I’ll be working under an excellent, very well known advisor whose interests align very well with mine. However, since I will likely be getting a multi-year fellowship, and due to how this specific program is structured, it seems that I won’t be getting much TA experience, if any at all.

I love teaching and enjoy it very much, and I already have 2 years of TA experience as an undergrad. How much would it affect my future TT applications if I have a (hopefully) solid research record but not that much TA experience? I don’t want to turn down this opportunity but might have to if it turns out I won’t get the TA experience I want/need.

EDIT: My field is applied physics/electrical engineering/materials science (very interdisciplinary research area so in theory I could be hired by any of these departments). I hope to work at an R1 school.

Hello I finish my university. I must create Master Thesis , and I should choose some theme. I am in good position because I can choose theme myself.
I study software engineering, I am junior java developer , and I working with spring and jee in my work.

So I give myself 10 month for this Thesis. I want create project with prospective techologis,like cross-mobile platform cordova and server with spring rest and angular 2 , if I have enought time maybe i create scala application for simulation some users and linked by soap.

It doesnt have to be simple project I want learn a lot from this. I think that google maps can be prospective, so i can create something like endomondo etc. Maybe i publish this app.

Do you have some idea of theme? I am interesting with programic, sport and traveling maybe it help.

I’m a Maths university student and I just can’t seem to learn anything from one of my lecturers.

I understand we, as students, should do personal research on our subject. But he just doesn’t make any sense.
He’ll teach one thing, then during that, he’ll RANDOMLY pull out something out of the blue WITH NO EXPLANATION.
Not even a “Well we do this because…”.

He explains new concepts, like he’s talking to PhD graduates.

I’ve spoken to him about it and all he says is “He loves teaching”.

I’ve already failed 2 of his module exams because of this and am having to resit them.

What can I do?

Supposing that Dr.A is teaching an undergraduate-level course, what would be the pros and cons for Dr.A to allow students to address himself in an ‘informal’ manner?

By ‘informal’ here I mean using what is employed in a number of languages for informal conversation. For example, this would be ‘tutoier’ in French or ‘tutear’ in Spanish. (Hence, the question does not apply for an English-speaking classroom, but does apply for a French or Spanish-speaking one).