Lost in the Maize

Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard January 14, 2011

Last September, I started posting my reflections on the weirdness of  academia – amongst other things – every Friday, under the title Lost in the Maize.  In part this was to document the shift from being a pseudo-academic to a real one.  But it was also to provide some motivation to keep on blogging when […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard December 31, 2010

A weekly reflection on life in academia I wasn’t intending to post a Lost in the Maize blog today, having been struggling to get back from a fog-bound UK to the US for the past 48 hours.  But reading Iain M. Banks’ Surface Detail on the flight back, I came across this rather delicious critique […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard December 24, 2010

Hegswarm – what a great word!  Far more elegant and versatile than the “Gray Goo” that has nibbled at the heels of nanotechnology for the past decade. Over the holiday break, I’ve escaped academia for the relative sanity of family reunions and mince pies, and have been catching up on some reading.  Currently I’m in […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard December 17, 2010

My son Alex’s school puts on a highly prestigious musical each year. Competition for the lead roles is tough. Closed-door auditions are held to ensure the most talented kids get the leading roles – reward-through-merit in action you might say. Apart from the fact that some parents involved in the production appeared to be giving […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard December 10, 2010

My son Alex (13) and I have had a long-standing head-to-head on video games – should he be allowed to play first-person shooter games?  For those of you not plugged into the the gaming community, these are the games where you play out scenes and scenarios from the first person perspective of someone wielding a […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard December 3, 2010

As you’ll have gathered from last week’s Lost in the Maize, I’ve been on the road this week.  In fact, I am writing this on the plane back to Detroit, looking forward to a quick wash, shave, sleep, and catch-up with family, before heading off to the Society for Risk Analysis annual meeting in Salt […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard November 26, 2010

I’m writing this at Detroit airport, en route to Dubai via Heathrow.  By rights, I should be writing the usual stuff about how traveling to exotic places isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – the mantra of the seasoned traveler.  But as it’s the day after Thanksgiving, I thought I would suck it up […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard November 19, 2010

Here’s something that keeps me awake at night (seriously): why, in this age of super-slick graphics and innovative multimedia resources, is it nearly impossible to give presentation that looks as good as they should? How come I can guarantee that when I give a presentation, the slides will be cropped, the color balance will be […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard November 12, 2010

Next week I am being “installed” here at the University of Michigan.  Not in the sense of installing a carpet – as one friend suggested – but in the sense of being installed as an endowed professor.  The Charles and Rita Gelman Risk Science Professor to be precise. To mark the occasion, I’m expected to […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard November 5, 2010

A weekly reflection on life in academia Note to self: Try not to fall asleep before important interviews with smart journalists. It’s been a tough week.  My gift from last week’s meeting in San Francisco was a lovely ripe cold – something of an occupational hazard these days being cooped up in airplanes with gem-infested […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard October 29, 2010

A weekly reflection on life in academia Most of this last week was spent in San Francisco, at the NISE Net (Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network) network-wide meeting – possibly my favorite meeting of the year (I might have mentioned that before).  This year I had the additional pleasure of opening the meeting in a […]

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Lost in the Maize – Poster Day at the UM School of Public Health

by Andrew Maynard October 22, 2010

A weekly reflection on life in academia Today was my first Poster Day at the School of Public Health.  For those readers not intimately attuned to the School’s calendar (i.e. most of you), it’s a chance for second year Masters students to present and talk about their Summer field experiences (something all students are required […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard October 15, 2010

A weekly reflection on life in academia. Ann Arbor in the fall is beautiful. It’s possibly the closest I’ve come to an English Autumn since arriving in the US nearly eleven years ago. Walking the dog the other morning, there was a definite scent of damp, decaying leaf-litter in the air; a scent sharply reminiscent […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard October 8, 2010

A weekly reflection on life in academia This week I’m well and truly lost – tomorrow I’m being initiated into the mysteries of collegiate football, and I’m terrified! Just in case you are one of the 6.5 billion people in the world who doesn’t eat, drink and sleep American football (a perceived minority, if not […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard October 1, 2010

One thing they don’t warn you about going into academia is the business of making sense of your paycheck. When I started working for the US government in 2000, I was bowled over by the bureaucracy. Compared to the lean, mean government of a UK emerging from the Thatcher years, it was like going back […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard September 24, 2010

This week my life has been dominated by writing a new review of nanotoxicology.  Not that the world needs another review – far from it, as there are a number of excellent ones out there (I’ve even contributed to some).  But in a moment of abject weakness, I agreed to help a good colleague out […]

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard September 17, 2010

This week I exchanged the maze of academia for an entirely different maze – I spent most of the week at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China.

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Lost in the Maize

by Andrew Maynard September 11, 2010

Well I guess it had to happen one day – after hanging out in QUACs (QUasi Academic Concerns) for more years than I care to remember, I am finally a bona fide academic!  Last week I shed my visiting professor status at the University of Michigan and took up the mantles of Professor of Environmental […]

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