Monday, January 31, 2011

The making of 3rd paper.

Just finished writing a draft for my third paper. It is actually my M. Sc. dissertation project. Finally after 2 ++ years.

Nothing much to share, it is just a simple publication. Hopefully, get approval from editors. May be it takes another 2-3 months. But it's ok. As long as it is published.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A taxonomic revision paper

I just received an email containing attachment of taxonomic revision paper. This paper is wrote by a Japanese bryologist.

The work is amazing. I must say. I just go through (scrolling) the 77 pages long article, and I impress with the presentation, especially the photos and the drawings. Which are done with special attention to show all important details.

Microscopic photography is fascinating, wish I can learn more about it and how I hope someday I can produce a paper up to this level.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Planning practicals

I am planning a practical for bacteria growth, and trying to simplify the whole experiment so everyone can be happy.

Running practical class under limitation is simply hard. I need to ensure my practical class is sufficient for my students but I shall make it easier than B. Sc. level. Beside, I must minimize the cost. For example, for dissection class, I was provided with 7 mice for 30+ students although I asked for at least 17 mice. Because we need to cut the cost.

So far, I managed to minimize cost of 2 practicals. Without jeopardizing the quality of the class (I hope). For bacteria growth practical, honestly I am a bit worry, since I need to use big equipments which are already crowded with both bachelor and graduate students. And I know those people are busy enough and shall not be disturb.

Luckily my colleague is willing to help me preparing for the lab. She already helped me simplify the method, makes it easier for the kids to understand.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Apart from running practical classes, I like giving my students take home quiz as their extra homework. Some of them dont really like my quiz, because they have to write about a page long essay over the weekend, every week.

I dont like give straight forward questions, because they can find such questions in text books or internet. I prefer slightly twisted questions. Since I like movies and also novels, my questions for them are usually based on the story from the movie or novel that I like.

For example, I wanted them to understand about negative feedback mechanism from Homeostasis chapter. I extracted a big chunk of story from Alive (movie), and then 'forced' my students to relate the difficulties faced by those movie characters with what they have learned in their Homeostasis lecture. When I wanted my kids to understand about allergic reaction, I presented to them a question that was based on a tear jerker movie, My Girl.

I like it this way, and hopefully my students like it too. This is how I share my personal interests with them.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Semester 3 2010/2011

Practical class

1. Reproductive structure of angiosperms
2. Culture and Growth: E. Coli
3. Mendelian genetics
4. Blood test (Population genetics)
5. HW experiments (using PTC paper)
6. Study visit to research centers.