Case Study on Being a Scientist

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So “what should have Joseph taken earlier to avoid the problem” and “what actions should Joseph take now to avoid future disappointment?”
Joseph should have discussed the status of his thesis with his research adviser and thesis committee members before planning his future to avoid the problem. He can even discuss his future plans with them if he is comfortable with it. Frequent meetings should be held if possible. He should build a better relationship with his thesis adviser to avoid future disappointments.
Case Study 2: The Selection of Data
Treatment of data is a major part of a research. I compare these data like a piece of evidence that should be held with care to avoid contamination.
The second case is about Deborah, a third-year graduate student, and Kamala, a postdoctoral fellow, who need to decide if they are going to drop out two anomalous data points for their presentation because they thought these points might be a consequence of electrical power fluctuation which they could not control. Kamala is concerned on the additional tedious task that the inconsistencies will cause and the credibility of the research might be at stake. Deborah on the other hand is concerned that their action would be seen as manipulation of data. I think Kamala and Deborah should decide taking into account factors such as accuracy and credibility of their research. I strongly believe that selection of data is a

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