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Harry Potter and Dissertations

Posted on July 31, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 31st is J.K. Rowling's birthday. Rowling cast the perfect magical spell when she went from rags to riches. Here's how to put her magic trick to good use for your dissertation...

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Ford and Dissertations

Posted on July 30, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 30, 1863 marked the birth of Henry Ford, who made automobile ownership a reality for all Americans. And, could help make graduation a reality for all dissertation students...

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Music and Dissertations

Posted on July 29, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 29th is Geddy Lee's birthday. Lee was the lead vocalist and songwriter for the rock band, Rush, and musical lyrics have a lot to say to dissertation students...

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Milk Chocolate and Dissertations

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 28th is National Milk Chocolate Day. When I was a child, milk chocolate was a special treat. And, if anyone needs a treat, it's dissertation students...

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Life and Dissertations

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 27th is Maya Rudolph's birthday. In Bridesmaids, her character experienced an unfortunate example of "life happening" to her, just like it does to dissertation students...

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The Pygmalion Effect and Dissertations

Posted on July 26, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 26th is George Bernard Shaw's birthday. His most famous play, Pygmalion, told the story of a girl of lower birth being transformed into the toast of high society. Doctoral students undertake a similar transformation on their dissertation journeys...

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Needles, Threads, and Dissertations

Posted on July 25, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 25th is National Thread the Needle Day. Let's celebrate by talking about how you can thread the needle with your dissertation, and why you shouldn't...

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24/7 and Dissertations

Posted on July 24, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 24th is the 24th day of the 7th month of the year. Most doctoral students think of their dissertations as a 24/7 thing, too...

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Vanilla Ice Cream and Dissertations

Posted on July 23, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 23rd is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day. You can celebrate by forgetting the fudge sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles, and a la mode, from your ice cream and your dissertation...

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The Maddux and Dissertations

Posted on July 22, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

On July 22, 1997, Greg Maddux pitched a victorious complete game using only 76 pitches. Whether you're a baseball fan or not, this is exactly what you want to do as a dissertation student...

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Footprints and Dissertations

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

On July 21, 1969 at 02:56:15 UTC, Neil Armstrong made perhaps the most famous footprint in all of history. Describing it as "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," Armstrong identified an important duality dissertation students...

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Tranquility and Dissertations

Posted on July 20, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

On July 20, 1969 at 20:17:40 UTC, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong successfully set down their lunar module on the Sea of Tranquility. Immortalized with the famous words, "Houston, Tranquility Base, here. The Eagle has landed." This was the culmination of years of work involving multiple skill sets, all focused on a common goal. Sound familiar?

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Planets and Dissertations

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

On July 19, 1595, Johannes Kepler had a great epiphany about the motion of planets in our solar system. In turns out that he got it terribly wrong at first, but that didn't matter --- a fact that should cause dissertation students to rejoice...

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Perfection and Dissertations

Posted on July 18, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

On July 18, 1976, Nadia Comăneci became the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics. Although a generation of young athletes would strive to be like Nadia, no dissertation student should...

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Soaps and Dissertations

Posted on July 17, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

On July 17, 1986, the 13th Daytime Emmy Awards featured Susan Lucci losing, for the 7th time, including six in a row! But Susan Lucci wasn't done, and therein lies a lesson for dissertation students...

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Crashes and Dissertations

Posted on July 16, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

On July 16, 1994, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 began it's week-long assault on the planet Jupiter. It didn't work out well for the comet. And, it tends not to work out well for dissertation students when they do the same thing...

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Giving and Dissertations

Posted on July 15, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 15th is National Give Something Away Day. You can celebrate by giving back, paying it forward, or sharing something. One of the top three complaints I hear from doctoral students is that they're all alone, let's talk about how giving can break this cycle...

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Nudity and Dissertations

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

‘It’s gettin’ hot in here, so take off all your clothes!” July 14th is National Nude Day. You can celebrate by going au natural. Comfortable? Great! Now, let’s talk about stripping your dissertation down to the “bare” essentials...

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Solo and Dissertations

Posted on July 13, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 13th is Han Solo's birthday. (OK, technically it's Harrison Ford's birthday, but stay with me on this one.) Let's take a few minutes to reflect on the life of Han Solo and the lessons it has for your dissertation...

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Simplicity and Dissertations

Posted on July 12, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 12th is National Simplicity Day. Today is a day to think about the core you and your core life. What things are complicating your life and getting in the way of you being your authentic self? And, while we're at it, what can you do to make your dissertation simpler?

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Loneliness and Dissertations

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 11th is National Cheer Up the Lonely Day, and dissertation students are some of the loneliest people out there...

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Scopes and Dissertations

Posted on July 10, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

On July 10th, 1925, the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial began in Dayton, Tennessee. The trial was actually concerned with a misdemeanor offense resulting in a $100 fine. However, the fallout from this trial changed the world by firmly establishing the concepts of separation of church and state, freedom of speech, and academic freedom. This notion of changing the world with your dissertation is exactly what you should NOT do...

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"Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" and Dissertations

Posted on July 9, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

On July 9th, 1867, E.D. Young set out to find Dr. David Livingstone who had disappeared about two years earlier on an expedition of his own to find the source of the Nile River. The search successfully concluded nearly four years later with the famous salutation, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"

Those familiar with history would quickly point out that this phrase is attributed to Henry Morton Stanley, not E.D. Young. And, that is an important lesson for dissertation students...

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APA and Dissertations

Posted on July 8, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

On July 8th, 1892, the American Psychological Association was first organized in Worchester, Massachusetts. Since then the APA has worked tirelessly to promote the development and application of psychology, to establish high standards of research ethics, and to become the bane of existence for doctoral students working on their dissertations everywhere...

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Sliced Bread and Dissertations

Posted on July 7, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

On this day, July 7th, in 1928, the Chillicothe Baking Company sold the first loaf of sliced bread. "Kleen Maid Sliced Bread" was marketed as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.” Sliced bread has since become the metric against greatness is measured, in everything from food to inventions to dissertations...

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Kisses and Dissertations

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

July 6th is World Kiss Day. Hopefully, when you woke this morning, you gave your partner a kiss. Maybe you have young children who still live at home, and you were able to give them a kiss before you rushed off to work today.

A kiss from a mother can soothe a scrapped knee. A kiss from a friend can warm a greeting. A kiss from a crush can make the heart race. Micheal Corleone sealed his brother Fredo’s fate with a kiss. And, Judas Iscariot used a kiss to betray Jesus Christ. A kiss can change a frog into a prince, wake Sleeping Beauty, and help you finish your dissertation. Huh- wait. What’s that last part?

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Genius and Dissertations

Posted on July 5, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

On July 5th, 1687 Sir Isaac Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, perhaps the most singular work of genius ever, and thereby set off a crisis of confidence among mere mortal doctoral students everywhere...

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Independence and Dissertations

Posted on July 4, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

Today, July 4th, is Independence Day in the U.S. Although I like to keep this missive light-hearted and maybe even a little humorous, today I think that it's important to consider the magnitude of the actions of those who came before us --- and, of course, to mention how those actions tie into your dissertation...

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Plastic Bags and Dissertations

Posted on July 3, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

Today, July 3rd, is International Plastic Bag Free Day. There are vast islands of waste swirling in the Pacific Ocean much of this waste is comprised of plastic containers of various sorts. Some of these islands are over hundred miles across! You may ask how does this much trash get stuck in one place? ...And, what does this have to do with my dissertation? A lot, actually...

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UFOs and Dissertations

Posted on July 2, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

Today, July 2nd, is World UFO Day. Although this day is meant to commemorate the 1947 event when a rancher outside of Roswell, New Mexico supposedly discovered an alien crash site on his property, UFOs have a special meaning for dissertation students as well...

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Ice Cream and Dissertations

Posted on July 1, 2017 by Dr. Russell Strickland

Today, July 1st, is National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day.

What's your favorite dissertation-related ice cream flavor? Let me know in the comments below. And be sure to share this post with anyone you know who needs to add a little sweetness to their dissertation project!

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