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Academic lapses




Last night I was putting together an information booklet for my thesis defence, scheduled for the middle of December. Part of the information reveals what we've contributed to the scientific community through peer-reviewed publications, presentations and posters. I haven't published anything yet; my publications will come post-degree, as they will contain pretty much full analyses of my data, rather than components, or my data synthesized with a larger dataset… but, I had to compile my presentations and talks. I was a little surprised; I haven't given many presentations, but, as I started looking back, I found that I gave more than I had thought over the years. It is kind of funny/revealing that the list of presentations has several in 2007, 2008… then the next entry is 2011. Yeah, I haven't been very active in academia in the interim :/ Three years pretty much at a standstill. It's a sad state of affairs, and perhaps all the sadder that it's not an uncommon occurrence in graduate degrees.

Here's the first poster I put together following my data collection; it was based on a very limited dataset, as I was still sorting my samples and conducting species determinations at the time. It was presented at the 2007 Entomological Society of Canada meeting in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, then at the Canadian Society of Agronomy Atlantic Agronomy Workshop, Charlottetown, PEI (Abstract in Canadian Journal of Plant Science, Vol 88, Issue 4, p. 730.)




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