Surviving burn out and the post-paper blues

I published my first paper at the end of February. I won't beat about the bush: writing this paper was exhausting. I'd had unrealistic expectations for how quickly I'd get publishable results, and consequently every delay to our draft felt like a disaster. At first we were going to be ready by July (2018). Then …

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A collaborative week in Leiden

I spent the past week at the Lorentz Institute, the theoretical cosmology part of the physics community at Leiden University. My collaborators there are fellow members of CANTATA, an EU COST-Action that is mainly focused on creating and testing alternative theories of gravity, and I was awarded my second STSM (short-term scientific mission) by CANTATA …

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Slow progress — but progress nonetheless

This week I'm in the Netherlands, visiting colleagues at the Lorentz Institute at Leiden University. Leiden is a beautiful place-- a scaled-down, tourist-free version of Amsterdam-- and the institute is nice too. It's the oldest theoretical physics institute in the Netherlands and has played host to many greats of the field, including Ehrenfest, Fermi and …

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