Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

How can a brain rule makes me walk every day

All our thoughts, ideas, memories depend of this organ we call brain. Then, it is reasonable to think we need to exercise the brain as much as we need to exercise our body if we want to keep our mental fitness. But if you think training the brain means thinking all the time – which we […]

How to develop the ability to solve problems and learn with it

We often have to solve problems and the approach depends on our knowledge about the subject. However, what if there is a method you can use to help you improve the ability to solve problems? I was thinking about this because I notice the difficulty some students have when trying to solve problems during an […]

How to act in front of a blank page publishing more and better

Writer’s block and procrastination are two of the greatest challenges we face in front of a blank page. Imagine that article you want to write to explain your work, a chapter in a thesis, a report for a project, the text of a new project, or even a blog post like this one. I’ve been […]

How can you overcome the fear of public speaking

Throughout the year we have conferences where researchers present their work. Maybe you find yourself in that position right now. Master students finish their thesis and the presentation is until the end of July, or in September. PhD Students may go through a similar process. Whatever the reason, there is always a fear of presenting […]

How to challenge your teaching and reach a wider audience

It’s not possible to please all students with your classes. Some like theory and how you deduce concepts, but most of them don’t. Some like when you perform experiments in class, a few don’t. I asked myself, is there something I can do to reach the largest audience possible? When I wanted to understand what […]

How to overcome procrastination in your scientific work

5 Ways to Start Changing How Things Get Done Two reasons for procrastinating is being unclear about your goals and lacking your why. Although this may happen when we do scientific work, the major part of us knows where the research is headed and the underlying reasons for doing it. However, we can still procrastinate. […]

What are the most common mistakes in conveying a scientific message?

One of the first sentences I use in Programming classes comes from Steve Jobs “If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t go very far.” Steve Jobs We crave for success in everything we do, but often built it on failure. Especially in science like Stuart Firestein explored in his excellent book on Failure. There are […]

What do you need to reach big goals? Small steps

Imagine those tasks you have to do, but you lack the motivation for doing them. It can be something simple as cleaning the kitchen or something more complicated like reviewing a thesis, writing a paper, or performing an experiment. What can you do to fulfill your task when you lack momentum? This happened with me […]

Is there a best tool for writing scientific papers?

Most people use Microsoft Word to write documents. And most scientific journals and conferences ask authors to submit their work using Word templates. In conferences, a Word template can be important to format the final edition of the proceedings. If you have different tools, you have to make sure the final result is the same […]

What is the best app for reviewing scientific papers?

There was a time people printed papers for reviewing. Double-spaced text with tables and figures at the end. Well, with devices like the iPad, people need not print papers anymore. If paper is better for you, that’s ok, I understand, but there’s no longer a “need to print”. Today you have apps where you can […]