Sunday, August 28, 2005

Incommunicado

So my dissertation defense date is rapidly approaching and 4 of my 5 committee members are supposedly reading away, marking up their copies of my diss., and preparing their questions for me for September 13.

But my second reader hasn't even gotten his copy of my dissertation. More than a month ago, I sent out an email to all my committee members, asking them where I should send their copies and Prof. W never responded. So I emailed him again. And again. And again. Four times I wrote and four times I got no response. So the other day, I just put the diss. in the mail to the address I had sent him something a few months ago and crossed my fingers. I sent him an email telling him that I hope this is okay, that it should arrive at his house in New Hampshire, and not at his office in Boston. I still haven't heard anything. Good thing I blind-CC'd my first reader/adviser on that message, for he told me I was doing the right thing. I just think it's ludicrous that three weeks away from my defense and Prof. W isn't grousing about not having his copy of the diss. A couple of months ago, before spiffing it up for the final copy for the committee, I had sent him a version of the diss. to approve before I started the machinations for the defense and I still haven't heard anything about that.

I don't know if I should be worried or just irritated. When I was taking courses with him, Prof. W and I got along fairly well, despite the fact that he has a very prickly personality. But once I moved from Boston after finishing my coursework, I was sort of "out of sight, out of mind" to him, which I guess is fine. My oral exams were fine, and he caused no problems then. But the past couple of months, he's been almost completely out of communication.

What I'm afraid will happen is that he'll raise all these issues at the defense, issues he could have raised months ago, had he read the dissertation then. Since my first reader has been in charge all along, I suspect that the two of them will meet before the defense and Prof. K will tell Prof. W not to make too many waves, or at least not berate me for things that he could have discussed with me during the writing process. I'm very happy now to have had Prof. K as my main advisor--I'm only realizing now how much he has stood up for me and that he has always been in my corner.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

EndNote Citation Page Numbers

I don't know if anyone remembers, but I had a question about how to put in page numbers in citations in EndNote, and I just found the answer in their FAQs! In case anyone is curious:

Frequently Asked Questions: "Question
36:
How do I get page numbers to properly show up in my citations? I've tried the 'Edit Citation' command, and put the page numbers in the Pages field, but that doesn't work.


Answer:
To properly add pages to a citation in a normal author/year output style:
Click in the citation you would like to modify in Word.
Go to 'Tools > EndNote > Edit Citation'.
Put the page numbers in the Suffix field here.
Be sure to include any spaces or punctuation you want to show up between the year and the pages, as this is not placed in automatically. Most likely, you'll want to put in something like ', p. 123', without the quotes.
Click the 'OK' button, and your pages should now appear in the citation.
The Pages field is available here mainly for footnote citations, which are configured to use the special 'Cited Pages' field. Most of our normal author/date styles do not include this field in the citation template, which is why the Suffix field is the correct field to use."

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

I've Procrastinated and I Can't Get Up!

Man, I fell off the wagon in a bad way. It started with a trip to the beach...I actually did some reading while there, but then when I got back I fell into a slump. Then my parents were coming so I had to make my house look decent. Now they are here for a couple of weeks and I thought that would add structure and help me work, but I'm just feeling crowded and stressed. I know if I just get back into it the interest will renew and I can get on a roll again, but my attempts so far have been unfruitful. I just can't seem to make that spark of interest go off. I have to prepare a paper based on the chapter I'm writing for a conference I'm going to in 10 days, so I suppose pressure will put me back on track. I hope.

Monday, August 08, 2005

D-Day

So I just scheduled my dissertation defense: Tuesday, September 13 at 3PM.

I can already feel the acid rising in my throat.

I'm not too worried about it now, actually, but I'm sure that will change in the days leading up to my trip back to Boston. What's astonishing is that the defense just lasts two hours. Two hours to talk about something I spent three years on!

I have a feeling that I will be criticized not for what I put in, but for what I left out. I have to find a diplomatic/scholarly way of saying "Well, my topic was too big and I just couldn't track down every little thread that came up." I guess I can always say that it's something I'd like to put in the book version of my research or something.

Okay, got to spend the last drops of my funding on a plane ticket and something nice to wear. And maybe some Valium.