Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Response/Feedback requested: Journal Club?

Hello everyone,

I would like to solicit feedback and comments on an idea to further enhance the role and utility of this blog.

This inspiration comes from Bell labs and the physics community.....

They started a journal club (year 2003). Each month ONLY 2-3 already published recent journal papers are reviewed and commentary posted in the form of a newsletter. Since only 2-3 papers are reviewed, the selection is much more stringent and careful. The contribution is regular and periodic (monthly). Hence, this newsletter is take very seriously by physicists.

In our case, this can be done within our blog. I suspect we could achieve the same kind of interest if we restrict "notable" papers to 1-3 per month and make it a regular monthly feature. In principle anyone could submit a commentary but the blog moderators will select the top 2-3.

Please leave your comments below. Thank you.


At 3/21/2006 4:58 PM, Blogger Zhigang Suo said...

This sounds like a great idea. I'd like to see a draft rules of operation. We should treat this blog as a testbed for interesting experiments.

At 3/22/2006 5:01 AM, Blogger Pradeep Sharma said...

Zhigang: if there is sufficient interest within the community (gauged based on comments we receive), I will then propose some operational rules. Briefly though, I am thinking on the lines of rotating 1-2 moderators with a term of say 2 months. The moderator will receive commentaries on recently published papers RELATED to mechanics area. The moderator will highlight 1-3 notable commentaries in the journal club newsletter. A key requirement must be that the commentaries/paper highlighted are related to mechanics in some form or the other. The concept of rotating moderator is to provide breadth and prevent bias of any one individual. Rotation of journal club moderators will also keep the "work-load" well distributed.

At 3/28/2006 12:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this blog so much ! Hopefully here can include some "research student openings" information. Aaron from National University of Singapore.

At 3/28/2006 5:49 PM, Blogger Zhigang Suo said...

Dear Aaron:

Not quite sure what you have in mind when you say "research student openings". Could you please elaborate?

At 3/29/2006 5:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wawawa, I got the reply from Prof. Suo !!! Well, these days so many students send emails to professors for PhD candidature inquiry. Hence I get the feeling if any professor wanna recruit research graduate student, maybe they could blog their "vacancy" here. BTW, is there a such opening available at your esteemed group, Prof. Suo ? hahaha, thx for your reply.


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