Tuesday, October 5, 2010

If You’re Taking Academic Research Too Seriously…

…you have to read this. My favourite:

ENGINEERING PRIZE: Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse and Agnes Rocha-Gosselin of the Zoological Society of London, UK, and Diane Gendron of Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Baja California Sur, Mexico, for perfecting a method to collect whale snot, using a remote-control helicopter.

REFERENCE: "A Novel Non-Invasive Tool for Disease Surveillance of Free-Ranging Whales and Its Relevance to Conservation Programs," Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse, Agnes Rocha-Gosselin and Diane Gendron, Animal Conservation, vol. 13, no. 2, April 2010, pp. 217-25.

(H/T Dan Hirschman)


  1. Thanks for the link. I've bookmarked it, just in case I need to reflect upon it when I submit my thesis another 2 years from now - whether it deserves an outstanding ovation or a stand alone one.But seriously I would like to attend the ceremony if and when somebody comes up with "How to say never say never and live forever". Or another thesis perhaps" Joking your way through life - a study in bipolaristic pyschometrics". Thanks again. A laugh a day keeps the doctor away.

  2. Glad you liked it...what's your thesis on?