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Beyond GDP: change the game’s incentives by making it more like an open source community (Olympics for the Earth)

01/03/2014 01:54:15 AM

Gross domestic product (GDP) has been a crucial metric for individual countries to know how they are doing from year to year. The International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) recently invited essays on this topic. Unfortunately I wasn’t ...

Next conference: 18th Biological Sciences Graduate Congress at University of Malaya

12/19/2013 03:13:17 AM

I’m going to Kuala Lumpur in a few weeks! I’ve been accepted to present a poster at the 18th Biological Sciences Graduate Congress. At first I was a little skeptical about doing a poster and not a talk, but I think I will enjoy the post ...

The role of infectious zoonotic diseases as a connecting element for the Sustainable Development Goals

07/02/2013 21:06:14 PM

Someone once asked me, “Isn’t sustainable development an oxymoron?” Now, before you are filled to the brim with contempt for this person, it was only a half-serious but quite valid question with a point to be made. The way that we define ...

Ideas in virtual space through actor-network theory

04/30/2013 07:54:00 AM

This was an essay written for a course I took, continuing on the discussion of geography and sociology. Introduction The commodification of technology has made it even easier to reach individuals and groups that are physically distant, but ...

My short foray into human geography and sociology and what I’ll bring back to natural sciences

04/28/2013 08:00:33 AM

This week, I officially completed a graduate level course on geography and social theory. Having absolutely no background in geography or sociology, it was an interesting experience. What drew me to this module was that it combined spatial thinking ...

Some thoughts on performance, performativity and subjectivity

04/27/2013 08:51:31 AM

Within the discussion of performance and performativity, geographers have an unusual task of combining social processes with spatial contexts. The paper by Nicky Gregson and Gillian Rose (check out her blog on visual culture!) (2000) tackle ...

Advantages to starting a PhD program mid year (second semester/term)

04/25/2013 00:23:01 AM

When I was applying for this program, I wondered how different it would be to start in the middle of the academic school year. I wasn’t sure if it would have been strange or leave me at a disadvantage. Mostly it has felt the same, although ...

Academic dependency, and is Yale-NUS and Duke-NUS proof of it in Singapore?

03/14/2013 09:12:01 AM

As an aspiring scholar, it is imperative to open your mind to concepts and ideas from a range of sources. However, academic dependency may be an undermining force that influences academic creativity and should be of interest to anyone of any ...

It’s ok to be “Quiet” (Book Review)

03/12/2013 09:41:06 AM

The extrovert ideal. If you live in the USA, you know what this is. This means speaking up in class, volunteering to be the leader, always being talkative, avoiding “awkward silence,” and generally showing people that you are outgoing. ...

Virtual space and the internet

03/05/2013 20:10:29 PM

The best way to characterize my generation would be the generation that witnessed and came of age during the transition into the age of the Internet. In contrast, many of the younger adults I have met do not know what it was like back when ...