LaTeX (pronounced Lay-Tek) is a powerful document preparation language developed by and for scientists for writing manuscripts, journal articles, and even presentations. I’ve blogged about various aspects before here and here on Upsection.
My advisor and I are currently organizing an Intro to LaTeX seminar for grads and u-grads here at McGill. Content we’re planning on covering includes:
- Getting started with LaTeX (selecting and installing TeX software)
- General journal formatting, templates, dictionaries, and style files
- Figures and captions
- Equations and special characters
- Building your reference library
- Resources, help, and cheatsheets
- Adapting your manuscript to McGill’s LaTeX thesis template (something I’ll be doing soon and I’m sure other MSc and PhD students will be interested in).
Are there any topics we’re missing? The purpose of the seminar is not to be all-encompassing, but to provide enough direction and resources to get students started with using LaTeX.
So what helped you when you started using LaTeX? Any tips or advice we should share with our students? Let us know in the comments!
Alright this day started off with exciting news. My #SciWrite manuscript was accepted with moderate revisions. This is the first manuscript I’ve ever written and was too excited to make the morning Geoconvention 2012 talks. Instead I spent time reading through reviewer comments and emailing with my co-authors. Can you blame me?
|How I felt upon hearing the news my manuscript was accepted with moderate revisions.
In lieu of morning talk coverage, here’s an owl:
and an owl cleaning itself
Eventually I closed my laptop and popped into the Future Petroleum Resources of Canada III: Arctic Archipelago in time to see Dylan Tullius discussed the reservoir potential of the early Cretaceous Isachsen Formation in the Sverdrup Basin. He gave an excellent talk and had beautiful slides. I stuck around after the coffee break for Ashton Embry’s talk on episodic tectonism recorded in the depositional history of the Sverdrup Basin.
After lunch I sat in on the Carbonate Sedimentology session. The highlight of that session was a talk given by Graham Banks on porosity in northern Iraq carbonate reservoirs. Graham and his team found fine-grained carbonates with a complex fracture network that created a high permeability reservoir. They utilized a fracture analysis tool called the Sky Held Imaging Tool (whoever came up with that name didn’t think it through) to map fracture patterns with stitched images. Graham showed two very cool photos of bitumen seeping out of an outcrop wall. The session wrapped up with a talk by Stephen Longfield and Hadi Slayman on combining facies analysis and geostatistics to model reservoir permeability.
So I finally finished my #SciWrite manuscript. I just submitted a manuscript to G-Cubed: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. The manuscript was based on my undergraduate thesis at UC Santa Cruz on the Yellow Bank Creek Complex, the world’s largest known exposed sand injectite complex. It’s an amazing outcrop. I’ll be writing a field trip guide for the outcrop in the near future, a version of which will be posted here. I’m very excited to finally get it off my desk. Now I can get back to blogging! And onto planning summer field work, grading those labs…
|Northern side of Yellow Bank Creek Complex outcrop. Yellow-tan sandstone is limonite cemented. Blue-grey sand is dolomite cemented.
Also, now that I have a submitted manuscript I updated my CV with it and finally set my McGill webpage live. I have a lot of awesome pictures posted there. Check it out. Please if you have any comments about that site (or this site too!) I’d love to hear feedback. Am I missing something crucial to my webpage that every grad student should have?, ect. Let me know!
I also want to work on a re-design for this blag, that’s on my farthest backburner, though. Any ideas?
I by no means am offering solutions to this. Instead I hope readers in the comments will help out by posting their past experiences with this situation and detailing how they’ve handled it. That said, I need your help to make this post work! First, my poster experience.
My poster session at #AGU11 went really well. I was at my poster for the full four hours and never got a chance to leave. I was talking the whole time and getting great, positive feedback on my research, and some ideas of where to take it further.
One gentleman did attack my work. The primary discrepancy came in the fact that he disagreed with outcrop features that I had interpreted as being cross-cutting. He had not personally been to the outcrop, but it was difficult to continue the discussion into the more interesting parts of my research because he would continually cut me off with “that’s not cross cutting.” Basic outcrop information that I had gotten across to everyone before (and after) was not getting to him. I must say it caught me off guard. This was my first time presenting a poster, and I was not sure how to handle this situation. I did my best to have a discussion with him, but it was very frustrating.
Overall my first poster presentation was a positive experience, and it reignited my drive to finish my #SciWrite manuscript.
So please, readers and fellow GeoBloggers, if you (and/or research) has been attacked at a poster session please post the story and your insights in the comments section!
My posting rate has dropped dramatically in the past weeks. After AGU I headed down to Santa Cruz and couch surfed for a week before finally making my way to San Luis Obispo to be home for the holidays. I’ll hold myself back from talking about all the awesome Mexican food and beer I’ve been consuming…
Progress on my manuscript has been short coming. Gotta say it’s hard to keep working when it’s so nice out and a friend calls up to go hiking/drinking/riding/shooting/ect. Also, finally got a new laptop to replace my dying Dell machine. So now photoshop and illustrator are back online to work on figures.
In short, by the end of today I want to have my discussion section finished, and hopefully figures updated. Will go hiking up Bishop’s Peak as a break/tantime/exercise.
It’s been two weeks since Anne at Highly Allochthonous posed her writing challenge. Last week I posted a backwards calendar for what I need to get done before the AGU Fall meeting:
December 4th, 8am: Fly out to San Francisco for AGU.
December 3rd, 5pm: Department Christmas party. Definitely no work is getting done after this. Must be packed for AGU, and cook a dish for the party. Manuscript should be done and off my desk.
December 1st: Abstract done. Off my desk for revision.
November 25th: Poster deadline for AGU print services. Poster must be completed, reviewed, completed again. Includes all new data, figures, ect. This is the BIG ONE.
November 14th: Discussion will be written. After this I’m going into 100% poster mode to get my figures done.
November 12th: Results and Interpretation will be re-written to incorporate new data.
So how did I do?
I didn’t quite have my results and interpretation finished by the 12th. As for my discussion, got that finished last night.
Even though I’m making progress, I feel a little behind schedule because I’ve been putting of making the figures I need, pretty and publishable. This is a time consuming process, because I want my figures to be awesome.
How’d you do on your #Sciwrite goals?