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DocSoc presents "The Power of Procrastination" - The PhD talk by Jorge Cham

Friday 28 February 2014

Jorge Cham, the author of the popular comics "Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD)" that describe the life - or the lack thereof - in academia, is coming to Queen Mary with his lecture "The Power of Procrastination" on the Friday 7 March in the Skeel Lecture theatre, People’s Palace, Mile End campus. Jorge will talk about his experience as a PhD student and examine the sources of many researchers' anxieties. He will explore the guilt and the myths associated with procrastination and why in many cases it might actually be a good thing. The lecture is hosted by Queen Mary’s DocSoc, profiled in QM Student in November 2013.

Jorge started creating the comics and writing about his experience as a PhD student during his time in grad school at Stanford, where he did a degree in mechanical engineering and robotics. After doing a postdoc at Caltech, he decided in 2005 to leave academia and pursue his career as cartoonist and speaker full time.

Jorge is not only a great cartoonist who manages to convert the exciting, funny, exhausting and sometimes frustrating life as a researcher into hilarious comic strips but also an excellent science communicator.
The lecture will be held in the Skeel Lecture Theatre in the People's Palace at QMUL's Mile End Campus on Friday 7 March. Doors open at 6 pm, the talk starts at 6.30pm. After the lecture, Jorge will be available for chats and signing books. And of course, there will be free pizzas & drinks! Limited places, get your tickets now!

Get your tickets here:

Free for DocSoc members! Only £2 for everyone else! All welcome!

For more information:
Jorge talking about the Higgs boson (worth watching!): http://vimeo.com/41038445
Jorge talking about creating the PhD comics: www.ibiology.org/ibiomagazine/issue-2/jorge-cham-creating-phd-comics

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