Archive for the ‘Funding’ Category

September 11, 2010 6

The ages of productivity

By in Funding, Reading

Tweet The Undercover Economist, Tim Harford, has a good article in today’s Financial Times about the stages in life when different professions are most productive. For example, I did a quick Google/calculation: the average median age of a Nobel Prize winner in physics or chemistry is 55; in the literature and peace prizes, it’s 64. [...]


September 15, 2009 6

Portrait of the scientist as a bureaucrat

By in Evaluation, Funding, Jobs, Writing

Tweet Cambridge zoologist Peter A. Lawrence has published a thoughtful piece on the frustration of scientists (whether young or not so young) facing the ruthlessness of the research granting system (Real Lives and White Lies in the Funding of Scientific Research). He suggests how a “drastic simplification of this grant-writing process would help scientists return [...]

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June 13, 2008 2

How do you evaluate your success?

By in Evaluation, Funding

Tweet Nick Cohen has a provocatively titled piece in today’s Observer, “No one wins in modern-day academia”, examining the shortcomings of the Research Assessment Exercise. If you’re a UK academic, you’ll know all about the RAE which, as it says on the tin, is an exercise to assess the quality of a department’s research and [...]

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December 6, 2007 11

Attention economy: ROI for your attention

By in Cognitive science, Funding, Resources, Time management

Tweet In the last month or so (sorry, we haven’t posted in a month!) I’ve been reading on and thinking about attention economy. I think it is the right paradigm to connect the different bits and pieces of productivity knowledge (we could call them hacks) floating around on the ‘net. I could write a long [...]

June 14, 2007 7

Eight tips for better academic writing

By in Blog, Funding, Resources, Writing

Tweet Good writing is a skill. I’m not saying I have it, and remember, this is a blog post, maybe the fastest form of writing and reading ). As a skill, it requires practice. And, as Graham says, “Writing doesn’t just communicate ideas; it generates them. If you’re bad at writing and don’t like to [...]