Sunday, March 7, 2010
Spring Break = Think Week?
Apparently Bill Gates has a long running tradition of holding 'Think Weeks', where he would retreat to a small, remote cottage and spend a week intensively reading papers (to the tune of more than a hundred a week), thinking about up and coming trends in the technology business and how to strategically direct Microsoft over the coming year and beyond. Also drinking lots of orange soda. Check it out here.
I mention this because I've been planning my own variation on 'Think Week' this coming week, coincident with our spring break and a brief respite from coursework. Goals for the upcoming week:
- Try to read everything in my 'To Read' category in Papers (currently sitting at ~52 papers)
- Follow my nose beyond that
- I'm going to start really broad, with a set of commentaries on ecology, theoretical ecology, and where they're heading (the good, bad and ugly), then towards the end of the week start to read more narrowly
Best case scenario, I'd like to emerge from the end of the week having identified:
- 1-3 topical areas that I would enjoy doing a dissertation on,
- 2-3 theories/models related to these topical areas that I could try to test with experiments (and possibly additional theory) over the summer.
This blog is going to be one of the outlets for me to keep myself on task, as well as collect and summarize my ideas a bit. I'll try to post a daily reading list of what I've been looking through each day. Suggestions of other good articles are most welcome.
Here's my queue for today (Big ideas in ecology):