Mar 29 2011

I know what I’m doing in 4.5 years

You and your committee may be the only people who read your PhD dissertation (well, if you’re lucky) – but you can still enjoy is aesthetically:From Street Anatomy:

A long-time Street Anatomy fan and soon-to-be doctor, Stephen, recently sent in this image of an anatomical heart made up entirely of the words from his dissertation. He put tons of effort into studying a particular cardiac arrhythmia, noted below the heart, and instead of hanging fancy diplomas on the wall, he chose to immortalize his time and efforts into a piece of anatomical art.

Someone please remind me of this awesome idea when I’m about to graduate.


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  1. 1

    What’s yours going to be? A picture of a protozoan made out of your dissertation?

  2. 2

    hee hee.. well, you’re studying the y-chromosome, right? how about a nice big sperm?

  3. 3

    Only for last quarter’s rotation project. Now I’m studying microRNAs!

  4. 4

    Nobody can ever say that this guy didn’t put his heart into his work…

  5. 5

    There are services which you can send an email to, which will send that email back to you after a set number of years. Can’t think of the name of any though…

  6. 6

    Forced to comment by this awesomeness – now I get to spend the next three years thinking of a creative way to display my thesis. Brilliant!

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    Ani Sharmin

    That is awesome.

  8. 8

    And since I just had a cardio quiz in my anatomy class, the leftmost veins are the cranial and caudal vena cava emtpying into the right atrium, the artery in the center is the aortic arch coming off of the mital valve and the rightmost veins are the pulmonary veins coming back from the lungs to empty oxygenated blood into the left atrium. :D

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    Oz Tilson

    beautiful! Thank you for sharing that! Best of luck in finding a single appropriate image for yourself though!

  10. 10

    I’m impressed that you know when your dissertation is going to be done.

  11. 11

    well, what picture would you like to paint in words? i’m sure we’ll all be glad to see it. i did something like that for my thesis, but nowhere near as awesome. i graduated in creative writing, and i used allll the criticism and scrawled-upon drafts i received back from my classmates, collaged it, and displayed it at my senior presentation day.

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    Mike Brownstein

    If I get to a PhD disseration I’m totally doing mine in the shape of the Fail Whale…

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