Research and education quanta of an experimental physicist

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATION

Mar 11, 2015 learning presentation slide speech phys-332

  • be loud, better have soothing voice
  • avoid swaying back and forth too much, or playing with hands
  • dress properly, shave in advance or have attractive beard
  • make frequent eye contact with the audience
  • avoid mentioning too much technical details
  • avoid reading slides
  • don’t put too much stuff in one slide
  • use tables, figures instead of text to illustrate ideas whenever possible
  • keep good pace, don’t be too fast or too slow
  • choose a good theme for slides
  • introduce context
  • organize contents well
  • avoid small text
  • do something different from other presenters
  • be fluent
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REGISTER IN FASTLANE WITHOUT SSN

Feb 19, 2015 research grant NSF

NSF allows one to submit grant proposals through http://grants.gov (new system) or http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov (good old system). One should ask his local Office of Research which one should be used. SSN is needed to register a new account in Fastlane if one wants to do it by himself. It is not always available for a foreigner who just arrives in US. A easy way to do it is to ask the Office of Research to do it for you. The requirement on SSN is bypassed this way. You will be given enough information to login afterward.

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BUDGET JUSTIFICATION IN NSF GRANT APPLICATION

Feb 19, 2015 research NSF grant budget

Give enough time for people in the office of research to fill the form of proposal budget for you. If you give them only one day, they will sum up everything and just put a big number there, which is hard to justify. You can also maintain your own list in the budget justification, this way, you are independent from the office of research. Collect quotations well in advance, they help a lot in budget justification.

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NSF REGULAR FUND VERSUS JSPS GRANT IN AID

Feb 19, 2015 research US Japan NSF JSPS grant

I just submitted two grant applications to NSF. The funding mechanism of NSF is quite different from that of JSPS according to my own experience.

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VACUUM FLANGES COMPARED

Feb 19, 2015 learning vacuum

  • KF, QF, NW or DN: Klein Flansche, o-ring made of rubber, cannot be used other than room temperature, cannot hold high pressure, easy to assemble
  • CF: ConFlat, metal gasket, can be baked, can be used at low temperature, can hold high pressure, hard to assemble
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About

Blogs on physics research and educational activities of Jing LIU, an assistant professor in physics at the University of South Dakota. He is an experimental physicist developing novel particle detectors for astroparticle physics and civil use.

Acknowledgement

Some of the activities mentions in this site are supported by the following grants: