Mainstreaming the PhD, Part 2

In her Atlantic article earlier this year, "What Can You Do With a Humanities Ph.D., Anyway?," Elizabeth Segran ends by quoting Victoria Blodgett, who is the director of graduate career services at Yale University: We should be in the business of putting Ph.D.s in government, non-profits, the media and lots of industries where we will be better off … Continue reading Mainstreaming the PhD, Part 2

The Amazing Blog Tour

Writing is about risk. Whether the shape of that writing is a blog or a book, or a speech or an ad, it requires taking a deep breath and making a commitment. Risk, of course, can be exhilarating. But it can also trigger the kind of self-protective panic that fuels writer’s block. So when my … Continue reading The Amazing Blog Tour

Mainstreaming the PhD, Part 1

Time was conversations about what to do with a PhD in a bad job market ended in expressions of shame, heartbreak, guilt, or rage. But lately, that conversation has been (happily) interrupted by bright pockets of snarky analysis, activism, and community building by and for those seeking careers (and a life) outside the academy. A recent advice column … Continue reading Mainstreaming the PhD, Part 1

Working with Writers 101

Handing over a project to a writer, especially one you haven’t worked with before, is a bit like handing over your health and happiness to a total stranger.  If you’re hiring a writer, chances are it’s for a high-visibility project and you’re on the line for its success. Here are a few tips for assuring … Continue reading Working with Writers 101

Particle Fever. Watch It. Catch It.

I just had an opportunity to catch the new documentary, Particle Fever, which will be opening in theaters on March 5. The brainchild of Johns Hopkins physics professor David Kaplan and physicist-turned-filmmaker Mark Levinson, the film documents the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, a massive particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland designed to test theories … Continue reading Particle Fever. Watch It. Catch It.

Ed-Tech with a Heart: Duolingo

For the past four weeks I've been obsessed with the new language learning tool, Duolingo. Developed by Luis von Ahn, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University (the guy that brought us reCAPTCHA), Duolingo was named by Apple as the best new iPhone app for 2013. (There's a web version as well.) Slate writer Seth Stevenson calls it "the most … Continue reading Ed-Tech with a Heart: Duolingo