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I graduated with a 2.98gpa in computer science with a minor in math. I am currently employed as a software engineer and I am wanting to go back to school for a masters degree. I would really like to Perdue a professional engineering masters and take the PE(professional engineering exam) after I graduate.
Is it even possible to go from a computer science bachelors degree to a masters program in systems engineering or computer engineering? I am currently looking at the university of Alabama in Huntsville. I want a masters degree, but I don’t specifically care to stick with computer science. I am wanting to broaden my horizons and prepare myself for a role in management in the future.

Good Morning everybody I am a PhD student writing a thesis on war in American literature the example of A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. Can anyone tell where I can find articles or reviews about war.
Thank you in advance.

I recently started a postdoc in France. I am not French, do not speak any French yet, and I am new to the culture.

It turns out that all national research institutes in France have a rule against using any foreign online service. All research data and communication must always stay on secure government networks and on French territory. In practice, this means that services like Skype, Dropbox, Gmail, etc. are banned, and we are sometimes reminded of this through the institute’s mailing lists (in French only). An article mentioning Skype:

I find that not being able to use such services seriously hinders my work. I cannot talk to collaborators while at work because they all use Skype, and talking from home is not always convenient (time zones, etc.) I cannot have a shared Dropbox folder with them. I cannot use my online backup service (Backblaze). I cannot forward my emails to a central mailbox (Gmail or other) that I will have access to even after I leave this institute. The institute does not provide easy to use replacements for most of these services. The ones that it does provide don’t work well, are limited, inconvenient and unreliable.

The attitude of my colleagues spans a broad spectrum, from “I don’t give a damn” to scolding me for wanting to use these services. The attitude of our PI is ambiguous (they aren’t really a computer person).

Our work does not require stricter security than usual (i.e. we don’t collect personal information, medical data, etc.)

How would you deal with this situation? Complying with the rules would be a hindrance for my work, and would waste time. Not complying may be a risk for me. I am looking for advice from other people who also work in France. I would like to have opinions form people who work in other labs, and also some “cultural advice”, as “rule” doesn’t mean the same thing in all countries. Since this seems to be a national rule, others must have encountered the same problem.

This question is regarding math journals but I assume should apply to journals in other disciplines as well. Some journals ask you to choose a reviewer from their list (or sometimes they ask you to suggest your reviewer of choice) as you are about to submit your manuscript. My question is what exactly this reviewer does to the manuscript? Does (s)he looks at it and decides whether to send it to a referee? or (s)he is indeed the referee?

I have data from an ordinary scientific experiment. Now in order to analyse the data the most convenient way for me is to use some proprietary, closed-source software.

Is it ethical to use such kind of software in research?

If do use it then this part will be a big black-box in my research. So if someone cannot reproduce my data analysis with the same or with some other software, then it depends on the mercy of the software company if we can find out what went wrong. If the software company does not want to cooperate then what went wrong can maybe never found out. I have the feeling that this opposes the principals of science.

I’ve been assigned the position of Teaching Assistant for the programming part of my university courses in Bayesian Inference, at the MS level. I previously taught a course, a few months ago, in Computational statistics. My experience doing this, with no previous teaching experience, has been not so great because of generally poor student’s performance, probably due to a lack of familiarity with the programming language used (R).

I am preparing slides lecture by lecture, with embedded code that I run and comment upon on-the-go. Occasionally I propose exercises but execution is often sketchy and I find many people cannot use the basic constructs of the language with enough fluency to create code that runs “on the spot”. Given that I have a program to cover and I would not know what else to propose to the students other than exercising more and studying the syntax of the language — I am, myself, in most regards self-taught about this, meaning that my programming abilities have little to do with the coursework I did during my studies — do you have any advice on how to make my lectures more effective and stimulating?

When applying for positions in academia (I think the question is valid for economy as well) I add several documents to my application: cover letter/motivational letter, CV, publication list, PhD Certificate, Diploma, employers’ references. As a PhD student and as a post-doc I have visited several courses that train soft skills like conflict management and are certified. These courses are offered by the university and provide a certificat and a supplement.

For any application, should I attach both documents (certificate and supplement) or only the certificate?

All in all my application start to get quite bloated (around 16 to 22 pages).