• Failure – the great teacher

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    by: in: Musingson April 4, 2016

    “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure,” Bill Gates said.

    We are all always at risk of encountering failure at one point or another. What truly matters is how one reacts to and learns from that failure instead of personalizing it, or trying to justify or ignore it. When I struggle with failure, I realize that I need to find a way to handle it and take it as an opportunity in a way that can lead me, ultimately, to success. 

  • Preparing MATLAB figures for publication

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    by: in: Protocols, Researchon April 4, 2016

    For us researchers, writing documentation and preparing manuscripts for publication is a large part of our work. And often, the most important parts of our written documents are the figures that visualize the data we generated. As my tool of choice for most calculations is Matlab, most of my data ends up in the Matlab workspace at some point and gets plotted from there. In order to prepare Matlab figures for publication, some modifications should be made to the figures. In the following, I will explain the main steps I usually take.

  • Selling stories

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    by: in: Researchon March 18, 2016

    Not that I am particularly experienced with academic life as a first year PhD student, and not that I got a bad impression of science after just a few months as a rookie researcher at the University of Zurich and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. No, quite the contrary. But according to senior colleagues, friends, the insistent warnings of contributors in scientific journals and their echo in mass media, there are things going wrong with science.

  • How do I find my peers?

    by: in: Researchon March 11, 2016

    As a researcher I am interested in what other scientists in my field are investigating. But who are these other scientists? Where do they work? The core research topic of the Interface Group is the study of flow and transport phenomena in biological systems, which belongs largely to the fields of biofluidics and biofluid mechanics. On the applied front, this includes the interaction of medical devices with their biological environment. Good examples of this topic are drug release from a stent placed inside an artery or the function of an artificial heart valve.

  • Science is in everyday life – illustrated on the example of cold extraction of coffee

    by: in: Popular Science, Protocolson March 11, 2016

    There is this perception, most often seen in movies, that science is something only conducted in dedicated laboratories solely by highly trained professionals (or crazy people, especially if it’s a horror movie).

    However, natural science is simply finding patterns in nature leading to reproducible results.