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Shweta Ramdas

On Communicating Science

I gave a talk about my field of work a couple of months ago, to an audience of people mostly outside it. After the talk, a senior member in the audience came over and asked me a few questions about genetics and health. He had a family history of lung cancer, he said,...

Which Seminar Attendee Are YOU?

The types of people you find at seminars: That guy in the front row who is always sleeping, head nodding off to a distinct rhythm That guy who sits in the center of the room with his laptop open, alternating between Facebook and Google chat The prof who sits five rows...

Dear Fellow Graduate Student…

Did you just have planned a weekend that was full and enriching, with just the right balance between work and play, so you could start the week with an empty to-do list and plenty of spirit in the tank? Good for you! Oh no, did you oversleep by 3 hours, and have now...

Dear Santa?

Dear Santa 3rd Reviewer, On the whole, I have been a good student this year. Please accept all my papers this new year! Naughty List Printing out way more papers than I read Finding empty seminar rooms to take an afternoon nap in Thinking some seriously mean things...

Note to my first-year grad student self

Dear first-year grad student me, I think of you wistfully every now and then, remembering your boundless enthusiasm for genetics and optimism about the world. You naive young thing, you. I’m so glad you don’t know what lies ahead. Ignorance IS bliss, but don’t tell...