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From Mohammad Nour El-Din <>
Subject Re: on peer review
Date Wed, 18 Jan 2012 01:34:12 GMT
On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM, Joe Schaefer <>wrote:

> Back when I was a Math grad student, one day while hanging
> around the chair's office the chair relayed to me a curious
> story- a parent had just been into his office to complain
> about the grade their student had received from one of
> the professors.  The student was a high-school age kid
> who was participating in the University as an Advanced
> Placement student, and according to the parent, was raised
> to be an A student.  The professor sadly had given the
> student a B grade for the term, and the parent considered
> that an insult to his child and against how they had raised
> them.  I don't remember what the chair said back, but I'm
> pretty sure it was an interesting response in defense of
> the professor.
> Some days I think we tend to say similarly confusing things
> to each other about similar situations.  In going through
> these reports we will need to scrutinize each other's work
> product, fairly and objectively, in the hopes that the
> overall success rate for our mentoring efforts will improve
> over time.  These criticisms should be met with decency
> and respect, not crowing over how meddlesome it is for
> someone to comment on the quality of your work.  I'd like
> to someday even see mentors show enough respect and humility
> for their peers in the group to seek out their counsel in
> situations they have never encountered before, so that we
> all can provide some input designed to help the project
> continue on.

+1 (Agree)

- Mohammad Nour
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving"
- Albert Einstein

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