very new here but I didn’t see this question already posed so I figured I’d ask.

I’m a fixed-term lecturer (2016-17 academic year) on the job market. I’m hoping to apply for an NSF grant this winter to fund new research. Very hypothetically, if I am awarded the grant, how portable are NSF grants between institutions and internationally? Or if I got both the grant and a job (particularly outside the US), would the protocol be to defer the start of the appointment? Are there obstacles I should know about that aren’t listed on the NSF FAQ page?

Many thanks for any help!

I’m currently an undergraduate Computer Science student entering my fourth year at a Canadian university, planning on applying to graduate programs in Theoretical Computer Science. I’m going to be starting with school in a bit over a week, and I’m still finalizing what courses I plan on taking this coming year. At my school we typically take 5 courses per semester. I’m strongly considering taking a lighter course load (3-4 courses per semester) this year, for a number of reasons, in no particular order:

  • I’ve completed all of the requirements for my school’s CS program (plus a math minor), and I only need three more courses in any area to finish my degree.

  • In theoretical CS, I’ve exhausted all of my university’s undergraduate courses in the subject, as well as a couple of grad courses. This year most of my course work will consist of more grad courses in this area.

  • I’m hoping to spend more time on research this fall. Last year I worked on a research project with a professor, and found myself feeling like I could have gotten more out of it if I had been taking fewer courses at the time.

  • By taking fewer courses, I can save a few thousand dollars in tuition fees. While I can technically afford the cost of taking a full course load, it doesn’t seem to make sense to pay much more than I have to, especially if I can put the money saved towards something else.

  • Even if I’m not taking as many courses for credit, I’m still planning to audit a few extra courses. These would mainly be outside of my primary area of focus, but where I’m still interested in learning about the material. It would also be less stressful, since I wouldn’t have to worry about assignments and exams for these courses.

Overall, I have all of these reasons to justify to myself my plan to take fewer courses during my final year of undergrad. However, I was wondering how this would be seen from the perspective of a graduate admissions committee, since courses that I plan on auditing will of course not be visible on my transcript. I don’t want to give off the perception that I had gotten “lazy” in my final year by taking fewer courses, if that makes sense.

I am writing my thesis currently and I want to include papers that I am included on as an author. I will have a couple papers where I am 1st author, but there is one where I am third but did a lot of the work. How do I go about integrating it into my thesis? Can I copy/paste most of the text still or do I need to rewrite it? I don’t want to plagiarize but don’t want to rewrite it if I don’t have to.

I’m in the following situation: I’m a researcher and hold a degree in life sciences. I also like graphic design and occasionally doodle up a figure to include in a report or such. I’m not a professional graphic designer and not being paid for that specifically (though see it as part of my academic obligation). Now my supervising professor noted this and now starts to ask me to create figures for other academic publications I haven’t worked on personally. This happened twice so far. Some figures I just modified from existing sources but others are my very own work based on, and tailored to, the academic publication in question. There are a couple of questions arising from this situation but I’m most concerned about the copyright aspect.

I’m a firm believer in the benefits of open access and creative commons and have no problem with anyone reusing and modifying my work for noncommercial purposes. I do have a problem however with academic content being locked away behind a paywall, possibly along with my images. I do not have any influence on which academic publisher is chosen for the articles I design the figures for.

My questions are,

  • Are my designs still mine after being published? This may depend a lot on the publisher in question but can it be generalized? Any experience?
  • Do I have a choice of the copyright licence to be applied to the figures?
  • Can I use my graphics afterwards in any way I like and apply any copyright licence I wish, possibly mentioning “also used in Academic publication x”? For example, could I put them on Wikipedia?

In general, I want to avoid a situation in which I can be hold legally responsible for using my work as I please.

I have finished my Phd in maths shortly. A few days ago, I have heard a revision decision from a very good journal where I submitted my paper. The comments from referees are generally fairly positive, and are not too difficult to address. However, I have found a mistake in a theorem proof, which the referees have not spotted. This mistake is difficult to fix, or may be unfixable. The theorem is the extension of the main result of the paper. I assume it is not an important result, as there are no comments or revisions from referees on this part. Then how to write to the referees to address this issue? I imagine it would annoy both the referees and the editor. When I am going to submit the revision, is it better to remove the wrong theorem or to keep it there? Many thanks.

I will introduce a well-known speaker who will give a lecture in his work in neurobiology in front of a large student audience. What is a good introduction and followup?

I have noticed people often give what I consider trivialities like the year he received his PhD degree and spend a long time listing their awards. I am planning to talk about his recent papers briefly, his areas of research, and just briefly mention his position now and who he worked with as a postdoc.

I would appreciate any input, particularly from profs on how they like to be introduced.

I am not sure about the incentive effects of websites such as, as Professors with tenure may or may not care about undergrad students. However, they may be more serious about graduate students (supervision, co-authorship etc). Does a ratemyadvisor type website exist? This is important (I think) because relationships between supervisor-supervisee are probably more profound (given the time investment) and have arguably more ramifications on the future (reference letters bear more weight). Any thoughts are welcome!

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Is it frowned upon to add slight humor and sarcasm to academic presentations? For example, I flip to a background slide and say “This is a typical slide used by researchers in (field) just to show off how difficult their work is.” before going through the content of the slide. Is there a difference in doing that in different settings, like a department seminar vs an international conference?