Woo hoo IV!

I just finished grading all the genetics final exams, and submitted final grades to the registrar!

I’ve just got two independent study papers that need to be turned in and graded, and then I will be completely done.


  1. says

    Congratulations! Have a nice summer. I remembered the poem about fifty times not being too many to see trees in bloom, so I hied off to Toronto’s High Park to see the cherries and apples blooming. They are mostly finished, although the two in my back yard are still going strong. You probably still have snow on the ground, but that just means that you have a chance not to miss them in your neighbourhood. You should have hardy apples at least, I hope.

  2. Mosasaurus rex says

    As a current cubicle warrior in Corporate America I have fond memories of the seasonal rhythms of Academe. Enjoy your Summer, and get crackin’ on that book!

  3. J Daley says

    I’m taking a Genetics course this summer semester. Any suggestions on good supplemental texts/materials than can give me a jump on the subject matter?

    Summer semesters tend to be pretty overwhelming if you don’t start right away and also neevr leave the library – I’ve got two weeks to get an edge. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  4. says

    Grading was the part of professing I despised most. Not reading and commenting on student papers — that’s part of teaching, and I liked it, though not as much as performing in class. (Yeah, teaching is a kind of performance, and the best training I had for it was hanging around drama students and being in student-directed one-act plays at Macalester College in 1958-59.) But assigning a final grade — a single letter summing up a semester’s work — was exceedingly difficult for me.

  5. Nathaniel says


    I just need to:

    1 – Find a tenure-track job opening
    2 – Pad my CV
    3 – Apply for the job
    4 – Get shortlisted
    5 – Interview
    6 – Get offered a job
    7 – Start teaching
    8 – Grade my courses

    and I’ll be done too!
    (Gotten as far as 5. Pretty frustrating.)

  6. K. Engels says

    Two independent studies in one semester!? I attended a university slightly larger than the one you teach at, and I had the hardest time finding a professor willing to supervise the independent study I had. I can’t think of a single professor in any of the three department I hung around in (History, Computer Science, and Physics) who supervised more than 1 independent study per academic year.

  7. Arnaud says

    AE Housman
    Loveliest of Trees, A Shropshire Lad

    Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
    Is hung with bloom along the bough,
    And stands about the woodland ride
    Wearing white for Eastertide.

    Now, of my three score years and ten,
    Twenty will not come again,
    And take from seventy springs a score,
    It only leaves me fifty more.

    And since to look at things in bloom
    Fifty springs are little room,
    About the woodlands I will go
    To see the cherry hung with snow.

    For Monado, (hope the html tags are OK.) I quite like this one too!

  8. Lincoln says

    I’ve got science to do! But it’ll have to wait till after I’ve finished my marking :(

    I love teaching, but I hate marking assignments. Maybe I should employ an over-worked grad student to do it for me! Oh, wait. I AM an over-worked grad student :(