mdcabl at cc.newcastle.edu.au
mdcabl at cc.newcastle.edu.au
Fri Nov 18 04:22:42 EST 1994
I am a student lurker. Dr. Kuehn is correct about being afraid to ask
basic/stupid questions. I once asked why submarine gels were always shown
running down in photos. Some blasted me for my ignorance. Some responses
though were kind and helpful. The best one was from a fellow who had once asked
"why are plasmids drawn round and not square?" Apparently he had presented a
square plasmid map on a poster and been chastised for it. It has always irked
me that invariably some snotty know-it-all will reply to questions like these
with outrage over the ignorance of people. Right now something like that
is going on in bionet.molbio.methds-rgnts. The only thing I have learned is to
simply not be intimidated by these type of people. Most researchers remember
what is was like to walk into a lab and try to figure out a micropippettor for
the first time. Yes, you do feel like an idiot; however, not everyone was born
knowing how to do a plasmid prep and most senior people will be very helpful.
As for stupid questions, I now ask the researchers around me first and then, if
they can't answer it and don't laugh at me, appeal to the net.
Anyway, this is off the subject so I will quit editorializing. BTW, I like
reading stupid/basic questions. I often learn something.
Dept. of Pathology
Univ. of Newcastle
Oh yeah... I'm a grad student there :-)
In article <9411161717.AA08938 at mendel.Berkeley.EDU>, kuehn at MENDEL.BERKELEY.EDU (Meta Kuehn) writes:
> Michael Steffani from Arizona State University (michael.steffani at asu.edu)
>>... I have been reading the news group for a while and though I don't
>> understand everything it is mentally stimulating. I have not
>> noticed to many students and was wondering if an idea of mine
>> would be viable or not. -- How about a group for students that
>> would be like a study group- professors could interject when
>> asked or when they felt a question was floundering. The
>> possibilities are there for students across the world to learn
>> more by interacting as a self study group.
>> As the future of microbiology we could also be forming lifelong
>> professional friendships (networks) Any interest ?...
> As journal club coordinator, may I suggest that discussion of a recent or
> historical journal article might stimulate exactly the type of discussion
> you are looking for. I feel that there are probably many students out
> there who would like to ask basic (not "stupid") questions about such
> articles, but are embarassed to say so on the net. This would give other
> students the first chance to reply to questions and could be followed by
> asking the more experienced scientists in the net to comment. If there is
> interest, give me a week or so, and I will try to come up with an
> appropriate article with which to begin a discussion.
> As always, I gladly accept suggestions for journal articles!!!
> Meta Kuehn
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