The Unbearable Sameness of Online Meetings

Have you been working from home since March? Are you enjoying it or are you missing your old workplace? Are you are also starting to notice a monotony that seems to lead to mild memory confusion? I am. In this post, I want to explore how and why doing everything online might make it harderContinue reading “The Unbearable Sameness of Online Meetings”

The Scientific Workflow: A Guide for Psychological Science

When new students or postdocs enter into your lab, do you have a plan or a guide for them? I have a lab manual that explains roles and responsibilities, but I did not (until recently) have a guide for how we actually do things. So I’ve made it my mission in 2019 and 2020 toContinue reading “The Scientific Workflow: A Guide for Psychological Science”

Use Paperpile’s Annotation System

Reading scientific papers as PDFs is a major part of being an academic. Professors, postdocs, grad students and undergraduates end up working with PDFs, making notes, and then using those notes to write a manuscript or paper. Although there are lots of great PDF viewers and reference managers, I use Paperpile, which is cloud-based PDF managerContinue reading “Use Paperpile’s Annotation System”

Mindful University Leadership

Academia, like many other sectors, is a complex work environment. Although universities vary in terms of their size and objectives, the average university in the United States, Canada, UK, and EU must simultaneously serve the interests of undergraduate education, graduate education, professional education, basic research, applied research, public policy research, and basic scholarship. Most researchContinue reading “Mindful University Leadership”

Open Science: My List of Best Practices

Are you interested in Open Science? Are you already implementing Open Science practices in your lab? Are you skeptical of Open Science? I have been all of the above and some recent debates on #sciencetwitter have been discussing the pros and cons of Open Science practices. I decided to write this article to share myContinue reading “Open Science: My List of Best Practices”

How do you plan to use your PhD?

If you follow my blog or medium account, you’ve probably already read some of my thoughts and musings on the topic of running a research lab, training graduate students, and being a mentor. I think I wrote about that just a few weeks ago. But if you haven’t read any of my previous essays, let meContinue reading “How do you plan to use your PhD?”

The Professor, the PI, and the Manager

Here’s a question that I often ask myself: How much should I be managing my lab? I was meeting with one of my trainees the other day and this grad student mentioned that they sometimes feel like they don’t know what to do during the work day and that they sometimes feel like they areContinue reading “The Professor, the PI, and the Manager”

Dealing with Failure

When the hits come, they really come hard. I’m dealing with some significant personal/professional failures this month. I put in for two federal operating grants this past year: one from NSERC to fund my basic cognitive science work on learning and memory and one from SSHRC to fund some relatively new research on mindfulness meditation.Continue reading “Dealing with Failure”

Artificially Intelligent—At the Intersection of Bots, Equity, and Innovation

This article was written in collaboration with my wife Elizabeth. We wrote this together and the ideas were generated during some of the great discussions we had during our evening 5k runs. We all remember Prime Minister Trudeau’s famous response when asked about his gender equity promise for filling roles in the cabinet: “because it’sContinue reading “Artificially Intelligent—At the Intersection of Bots, Equity, and Innovation”

Does This Project Bring Me Joy?

  I have too many research projects going on. It’s great to be busy, but I’m often overwhelmed in this area. As a university professor, some of my job is well defined (e.g. teaching) but other parts not so much. My workload is divided into 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service. Within each ofContinue reading “Does This Project Bring Me Joy?”