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Software Carpentry Workshop

Last week on Thursday and Friday I helped run a Software Carpentry workshop in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford.

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computing molecular dynamics skills

Setting up a GROMACS cluster

Recently I’ve moved to the John Radcliffe hospital and my old lab kindly let me have some old servers that were switched off. This pushed me to learn how to setup them up as a compute cluster with a scheduler for running GROMACS jobs. I’ve wanted to learn this for years, having used many clusters […]

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computing meetings skills teaching

HackDay: Data on Acid

Every year the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) run a brilliant meeting called the Collaborations Workshop, usually in Oxford. This is an unconference lasting two days. At first glance it doesn’t look like it would be relevant to my research, but I always learn something new, meet interesting people and start, well, collaborations. The latest edition was last […]

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skills

Rushing here and there: planning an itinerary for a large scientific meeting

I’ve just returned from the 58th annual meeting of the US Biophysical Society in San Francisco. With around 7,000 scientists, multiple simultaneous sessions of talks and nearly a thousand posters every day, it is a large event, but not as big as many. Even so, working out what talks and posters you might want to […]

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skills

Habits of Highly Productive Academic Writers

Not my title, but the title of the half-day workshop I’ve just attended led by Helen Sword, an academic from New Zealand. It was extremely thought-provoking and has made me question how I write. Please see her webpage, Writer’s Diet for more information and resources. I’d especially recommend the “Writer’s Diet Test” where you can […]

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skills

How (not to) present a poster at a scientific conference

Ok, so you are presenting a poster at a scientific conference. You’ve done the research, prepared and printed the poster and pinned it to the board, the poster session is approaching and you really want some feedback on your results and ideas. How do you maximise the number of people you talk to? 1. The […]

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skills

Good science

“There was some good science in that seminar.” “Yes? Sorry I feel asleep shortly after the first slide of maths.” Familar? I expect every scientist occasionally gets the feeling that perhaps the person speaking is saying something interesting and important in say at a conference but why can’t they understand it? And why show us […]