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This handout is from Rebekah Drezek's workshop entitles "Building Your Lab: Transitioning to Independence" and is an example of the welcoming tips she gives to her new students.

Organize your life

You cannot decouple professional and personal happiness. Stress in either area will bleed into the other. So, yeah, a lot of you will find this between silly and ridiculous, but if you can stomach it, I strongly suggest reading some of the better books on this topic if you haven’t already (even more so if you, like my husband, are the kind of the person just rolling your eyes when you read this…)

Suggestions:

  • Covey books (Seven Habits, Living the Habits, etc.)
  • Allen books (Getting Things Done – skim rather than read or you will feel the pain, Ready for Anything)

Email/calendar

Make sure you have effective email and calendar systems in place. If you are using Rice webmail, you are doing something really wrong. It is horrible. You can use Outlook. You can use Gmail and forget Rice. But do not rely on the Rice webmail server! The minutes you will waste each day add up to publications over the course of your grad career. (Also if you are using POP rather than IMAP you should probably switch. If you don’t know the difference – thanks to Adrien for teaching me – read the Rice IT help.) Restrict the number of times each day you check and respond to email so that you control your email rather than it controlling you.

I personally think the Rice calendar is not ideal and Google’s calendar, Outlook, or other alternatives are more functional. But make using one of these a personal habit. As your life gets busier, it will help a lot! I strongly believe you want to get everything you can out of your head and on paper (basically what the Allen books are all about.)

Also, learn the basic keystroke short cuts (Ditto to above – won’t matter much each time you use them – but adds up to huge amounts of time over the course of your career. Time you can spend with the people you care about most rather than staring at your friendly laptop screen…)

Internet

If you waste time at work surfing the net (I used to do far too much of this), don’t. I found removing all the sites I used to check each day from my favorites list dramatically cut back the time I spent surfing.

Read

If you are not spending at least 3-4 hours/week reading the new literature in your area, you are not reading enough. This needs to be a life-long habit as long as you are in science. (I don’t read as much as I should but how I do this is printing out any articles I want to read as I notice them and keeping them in a folder I carry around with me so that while I’m waiting for a meeting to start/in line at the post office/at the doctor’s/etc., I have something to do.) You should be the world’s expert in your particular area. Searching for new papers and reading them should be something you schedule time for weekly. Also learn which journals matter for your work. As a first and second year graduate student, a tremendous amount of your effort should be invested in reading the literature. The last thing you want to do is start a PhD on a topic someone else has already investigated...

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
learn
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da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
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