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Arseny Khakhalin
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What is the best possible grade?
What is the best possible grade a student can possibly get in a course? The answer seems to be obvious: it is an "A", or maybe "A+", right? But imagine a student with 4.0 GPA. Would not it mean that this student did not challenge themselves enough? That the...

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Research / teaching balance
This semester I meant to keep Fridays (one day a week I don't teach) for research exclusively, and resist the urge to catch up with teaching prep work on Fridays. But lo and behold, it took me exactly 3 weeks to relapse. The first week went well: I was writ...

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Thoughts about tenure evaluations
It is the season of pre-tenure and tenure evaluations in my college, and all faculty are encouraged to write "testimonies" for their colleagues who are up to evaluation. These testimonies are supposed to be used for the tenure and reappointment discussions,...

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Advice to computational postdocs: apply to math and CS jobs
If you are a computational neuroscientist, and would like to teach, consider marketing yourself not only to neuro and psych departments, but to math and CS as well. Why? Because I'm looking at our place, and how we totally struggle to get good candidates in...

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Best way to create custom visualization pallets
Colorbrewer  is awesome, but quite restrictive. After browsing the web for some time, here's the best too I found, with tools to create very nice-looking, yet usable and informative custom color scales in any aesthetics you want. It's called the "chroma sca...

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Awesome visual illusion
http://i.imgur.com/BKk3rp7.gifv

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Teaching scientific critique
A very nice text on teaching how to critique scientific literature: http://bayesfactor.blogspot.de/2016/04/how-to-train-undergraduate.html Main idea of the text: too many teaching assignments we use essentially encourage students to "bullshit"; to generate ...

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The Slow Professor (book review)
" The Slow Professor " by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber is a manifesto-like book about some important problems in modern academia. It was published a few weeks ago (I actually pre-ordered it), and if you have anything to do with academia, I do totally reco...

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On endorsing grad school to students
It's exam time, and seniors are about to leave the college. By now most of them have some firm plans for next year: some have secured a job (usually as a research  assistant or technician in some lab), some will do a post-bac to finish their pre-med curricu...

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On endorsing grad school to students
It's exam time, and seniors are about to leave the college. By now most of them have some firm plans for next year: some have secured a job (usually as a research  assistant or technician in some lab), some will do a post-bac to finish their pre-med curricu...
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