Death Related Blog Posts

Recently, Michigan State University’s Katy Meyers posted her take on Michael Boyd’s (2014) article in World Archaeology that explores Mycenaean funerary practices.  Katy’s blog (Bones Don’t Lie) is just one example of a bunch of new blogs being written on mortuary practices, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, human osteology, and other “death” related topics.  I’ve written about blogs…

Never assume anything in my class!

The movie Paper Chase (1973) is a classic academic movie (it’s also a love story).  At university, you encounter all sorts of professors; kind ones and curmudgeons, those who hold your hand while you take intellectual leaps, and those who push you off the cliff.  Kingsfield is definitely not one of the warm-fuzzy types.  However,…

It’s in there!…(i.e. It’s in the Syllabus)

Many years ago…there was a corny spaghetti sauce commercial (embedded below).  The catch phrase of the ad was “It’s in there..” referring to all the good ingredients that were included in the product.  As we start the new academic term, I direct your attention to this cartoon from Ph.D. comics…

Recommended Web Apps for Students

I love web apps. Moreover, I think that the reasons I love them make them particularly useful and appropriate for college students. I love them because the ones I recommend below are (1) free, (2) online, (3) help with productivity, and (4) have apps that work with them. I think the first reason is fairly…

For New College Students

Below are links to two essays I wish I could make every new college student read. Professor’s Pet Peeves Advice for New College Students  

How Grades Work.

A great cartoon from the College Misery site.  Please remember that grades are earned, not given; are an assessment of performance not effort; and unless you live in Lake Wobegon, not everyone is above average. And here’s a great cartoon from Piling it Higher and Deeper…  

Merging Google Maps and Tables of Data

I came across this post and while I haven’t tried it yet, it would seem to be a really cool way to build a DIY GIS project.  It would be great to see someone do something with archaeological data with this system.

Bibliography building software

I strongly urge all students (undergraduates & graduates) to pick a citation management system and learn how to use it.  There are various kinds of citation database applications.  Some are resident on your machine (like Endnote) while others are web-based (e.g. Refworks).  Many, including Zotero, have both desktop and web-based options.  Some you pay for,…

On selecting a graduate program…

Here’s an essay about how to select the right graduate program for you… And here’s an essay with advice on how to prepare for the interview for a graduate school.

Resumes & Curriculum Vitae

A good resume or CV can mean the difference between getting a job or not…review these links before you build (or revise) yours: How to prep a short CV: http://j.mp/MhJHsf  Good advice for resume and job app cover letters: http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/131576/ Advice on CVs: http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/131404/ and http://j.mp/z343Jk and http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/ideas-for-archiving-cvs-and-why-youd-want-to/37602 … And keep your resume up to date….add…