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jthaler [What are some things I should aim to achieve during my PhD?]
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jthaler [Have you ever let your students down?]
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 You mean "​[[http://​abracadabra.mit.edu/​|ABRACADABRA]]"​ (A Broadband or Resonant Approach to Cosmic Axion Detection with an Amplifying B-field Ring Apparatus)? ​ Or "​[[http://​dmtpc.mit.edu/​DarkLight/​|DarkLight]]"​ (Detecting A Resonance Kinematically with Leptons Incident on a Gaseous Hydrogen Target)? ​ Or the infamous "​[[https://​arxiv.org/​abs/​1712.07124|P...B...S...]]"​ (Polynomial... Basis... for... Substructure...,​ see footnote 10), which would likely best the competition at [[https://​www.cfa.harvard.edu/​~gpetitpas/​Links/​Astroacro.html|DOOFAAS]]? ​ I write down a sentence describing the idea, take the first letters of (most) of the words, and watch my collaborators cringe. You mean "​[[http://​abracadabra.mit.edu/​|ABRACADABRA]]"​ (A Broadband or Resonant Approach to Cosmic Axion Detection with an Amplifying B-field Ring Apparatus)? ​ Or "​[[http://​dmtpc.mit.edu/​DarkLight/​|DarkLight]]"​ (Detecting A Resonance Kinematically with Leptons Incident on a Gaseous Hydrogen Target)? ​ Or the infamous "​[[https://​arxiv.org/​abs/​1712.07124|P...B...S...]]"​ (Polynomial... Basis... for... Substructure...,​ see footnote 10), which would likely best the competition at [[https://​www.cfa.harvard.edu/​~gpetitpas/​Links/​Astroacro.html|DOOFAAS]]? ​ I write down a sentence describing the idea, take the first letters of (most) of the words, and watch my collaborators cringe.
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 +====== Teaching Questions ======
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 +==== Have you ever let your students down? ====
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 +During the covid pandemic in Spring 2020, we faced difficult decisions about how to assess student understanding of the material in [[http://​stellar.mit.edu/​S/​course/​8/​sp20/​8.044/​|8.044 (Statistical Mechanics)]]. ​ One student asked whether the final assignment grade could be dropped if their problem set grades were higher. ​ In response, I posted the following message to [[https://​piazza.com/​|Piazza]]:​
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 +> We have developed the following [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=dQw4w9WgXcQ|official policy]] about whether it might be possible to give up the final assignment grade.
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 +At the end of the semester, some students got together to make their opinions known:
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 +> W​e have collaborated on the following [[https://​youtu.be/​CcV5M7IMLt0|official evaluation]] ​of 8.044 this semester.
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 +I appreciated their candor in telling us just how they'​re feeling and making us understand. ​ Certainly, a learning experience for everyone. ​ Thank goodness we were on [[https://​facultygovernance.mit.edu/​rules-and-regulations#​2-64|emergency pass/no record grading]].
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 +====== Personal Questions ======
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 +==== What are your preferred pronouns? ====
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 +He/him/his.
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 +I have debated many times with myself about whether I should put this information in my email signature. ​ "​Jesse"​ is a somewhat gender ambiguous name, and I don't mind (too much) when people add an extra "​i"​ by mistake. ​ It feels a bit uncomfortable to assert my gender at this point in my career when the gender ambiguity in my name (and in my past [[http://​v1.jthaler.net/​photos/​images/​2002.05.C/​dance_rig.jpg|hairstyle]]) was part of my experience growing up.  Also, physics is a rather male-dominated field, and I worry that providing my pronouns would somehow reinforce male-ness as the default for a physics professor, though I also appreciate that my reticence is probably doing so implicitly.
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 +In any case, I do like the way that providing pronouns signals an aspiration towards a more diverse and inclusive physics environment. ​ As I often tell my students: there are as many ways to be a successful physicist as there are successful physicists. ​ So while I don't currently give my preferred pronouns, my email signature does have a link to the [[https://​web.mit.edu/​physics/​about/​values.html|MIT Physics Community Values]].  ​
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