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questions [2019/02/22 23:16]
jthaler [What are some things I should aim to achieve during my PhD?]
questions [2020/05/12 17:28]
jthaler [Website Questions]
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 +==== How do you come up with your acronyms? ==== 
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 +You mean "​[[http://​abracadabra.mit.edu/​|ABRACADABRA]]"​ (A Broadband or Resonant Approach to Cosmic Axion Detection with an Amplifying B-field Ring Apparatus)? ​ Or "​[[http://​dmtpc.mit.edu/​DarkLight/​|DarkLight]]"​ (Detecting A Resonance Kinematically with Leptons Incident on a Gaseous Hydrogen Target)? ​ Or the infamous "​[[https://​arxiv.org/​abs/​1712.07124|P...B...S...]]"​ (Polynomial... Basis... for... Substructure...,​ see footnote 10), which would likely best the competition at [[https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/​~gpetitpas/​Links/​Astroacro.html|DOOFAAS]]? ​ I write down a sentence describing the idea, take the first letters of (most) of the words, and watch my collaborators cringe. 
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 +====== Personal Questions ====== 
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 +==== What are your preferred pronouns? ==== 
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 +He/him/his. 
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 +I have debated many times with myself about whether I should put this information in my email signature. ​ "​Jesse"​ is a somewhat gender ambiguous name, and I don't mind (too much) when people add an extra "​i"​ by mistake. ​ It feels a bit uncomfortable to assert my gender at this point in my career when the gender ambiguity in my name (and in my past [[http://​v1.jthaler.net/​photos/​images/​2002.05.C/​dance_rig.jpg|hairstyle]]) was part of my experience growing up.  Also, physics is a rather male-dominated field, and I worry that providing my pronouns would somehow reinforce male-ness as the default for a physics professor, though I also appreciate that my reticence is probably doing so implicitly. 
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 +In any case, I do like the way that providing pronouns signals an aspiration towards a more diverse and inclusive physics environment. ​ As I often tell my students: there are as many ways to be a successful physicist as there are successful physicists. ​ So while I don't currently give my preferred pronouns, my email signature does have a link to the [[https://​web.mit.edu/​physics/​about/​values.html|MIT Physics Community Values]]  
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 ====== Website Questions ====== ====== Website Questions ======
  
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