Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Your PhD - A Haiku

This website ( asks for people to submit their PhD research as succinctly as possible, or more exactly, in 17 syllables over 3 lines of 5,7 and 5 syllables. Why would you do that? Here's the explanation:
Dissertations are long and boring. By contrast, everybody likes haiku. So why not write your dissertation as a haiku? Please email yours (along with your name, institution, a 1-2 sentence text description of your work, and any URL you'd like your name linked to) to
Maybe you'd like a go. Here are a few examples to get you thinking:
Cells in between cells,
make the retina’s magic
and keep its secrets.
Tiny neutrinos ….
How do we catch the damn things?
Computers can help.
Right of copyright
Depends on nature of works
Otherwise: chaos.
Most haiku's are accompanied by some very brief information.

Knowledge that is tacit
Still needs capture and sharing
How do we do that?
Dissertation title: e-Learning 2.0: Emergence, social networks and the creation of shared knowledge
As learners in the workplace turn toward just-in-time answers, knowledge and support networks, it becomes more pressing to understand how knowledge can be harnessed in a new, anytime digital environment. This dissertation explored knowledge design via new emerging technologies that allow for better finding, creating and sharing of information.
By: Colleen Carmean

Welfare for elders
But nothing for our children.
Who are we kidding?
Dissertation title: The Age of Welfare: Citizens, Clients and Generations in the Development of the Modern Welfare State (UC Berkeley, 2001)
My dissertation examined why some countries allocate the lion’s share of their social welfare resources to the elderly, while others have a more balanced profile of spending on working-aged adults and children. Italy, Japan, and the United States are examples of the former; Canada, the Netherlands, and Sweden are examples of the latter.
By: Julia Lynch
Here's my contribution:

Intonation shows
New information. In text?
It’s punctuation
Dissertation title: “Structuring Information in Written English”
This dissertation in applied linguistics used discourse analysis to identify the role and realization of Information Structure in a corpus of written technical English. It revealed historical, psychological and neurological evidence for why punctuation has replaced intonation in written English in order to provide Information Structure, as defined in systemic functional linguistics.
By: Nick Moore
It has not yet been accepted. I'll keep you posted!

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