Also this week: niche poetry, scientist confessions, new NSF grad student supplemental funding, and more.
Google’s new Dataset Search tool. (ht @noahpinion)
Postdoc Jiaqi Tan on adapting to America as a Chinese student.
Inspired by this: hello, my name is Jeremy, I’m a PhD ecologist who’s been using R for 10 years, and I still have to google how to do pretty much anything in R.
Steve Carpenter shares a limerick about niches. Had me thinking back to our epic comment thread of dueling clerihews. If you missed that thread, do yourself a favor and click through. Our commenters are amazing. 🙂
Brazil’s National Museum burned last weekend, leading to catastrophic losses. I can hardly wrap my head around these pictures taken by Fernando Sousa of ADUFRJ, yet I also can completely envision people I know doing the same:
Some folks from the museum are hoping to collect photos taken at the museum. People are encouraged to send photos and videos from the exhibits (even selfies!) to firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy adds: Absolutely terrible news. The museum housed the oldest human skeleton discovered in the Americas, the original proclamation of Brazilian independence, Egyptian and Greco-Roman collections, paleontology and natural history collections, and other irreplaceable artifacts. I can only imagine how devastated Brazilians feel.) (UPDATE: see the comments, where Emilio Bruna elaborates on and slightly corrects my summary of Brazil’s declaration of independence. The documents were not housed at the National Museum.)
The US National Science Foundation has announced a supplemental funding opportunity to provide up to 6 months of support for graduate students with these goals:
- To provide graduate students with the opportunity to augment their research assistantships with non-academic research internship activities and training opportunities that will complement their academic research training;
- To allow graduate students to pursue new activities aimed at acquiring professional development experience that will enhance their preparation for multiple career pathways after graduation; and
- To encourage the participation of graduate students from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise: women, persons with disabilities, African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, veterans, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.