"Our colleagues from ETH Zurich did a test and found that the half life of DNA after a chemical treatment can be 4000 years in room temperature, much better than my CDs!"
I'm guessing most of the Slashdot crowd already knows about f.lux, which I use on my PC's to (attempt to) reduce nighttime exposure to blue light. I don't know how well it does or doesn't work for me, but it helps just as a reminder to unplug an hour or two before my intended bedtime, if possible.
Practicing good sleep hygiene has tangibly improved my sleep and well-being over the past several years, though I noticed results within a week, once I learned and adopted good practices from my sleep doctor. Keeping the right ambient temperature (a surprisingly low 65-70 degrees for me), avoiding light exposure (completely blocked bedroom windows, taped over LED lights, removing all light sources but two red night-lights), getting a truly comfortable mattress, avoiding late meals/snacks/fluid intake, and (more challenging for couples) sleeping alone make the biggest differences for me.
Confirmed, motorcycle accident (says Eurogamer.net, says Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Leaving aside the potential quagmires of "traffic accident" vs. "motorcycle accident" and the "legendary" characterization, I'm happy take a few seconds to express my condolences and gratitude for his creative contributions, which I've enjoyed without ever prior knowing who to credit.
Blaming the parties may be missing the root cause -- that our archaic plurality voting system eventually fosters a two-party system.
The main problem is that understanding how voting is broken is tougher than coming to terms with climate change or unisex bathrooms. As long as people are content to get into shouting matches over their favorite political grapplers while ignoring that they are actually watching the equivalent of the WWF and not the Olympics, nothing will change.
Saying this before the fact of it reminds me of the hype machine from the Star Wars prequels. The coincident announcement of a Disney theme park doesn't help.
First, thank you for your time and reasonable responses, Zero_Kelvin. I appreciate your candor and insights.
"Her work was in theoretical mathematics, on a thesis for which (as she explained to me) this adviser was her only option, at her school. If the work was generic or potentially transferable research, it might make sense that she should be able to simply find another adviser."
Or another school
I noted the "at her school" for this reason. Yes, finding another school was technically an option. However, the difference between "technically" and "practically" is significant. I was never a graduate student, but I know enough about the process to understand that [Boromir] one does not simply pick up and find another school [/Boromir]. The degree of harassment was relevant--it was not a black-and-white matter of violent, physical abuse. This was a real world situation, with all the fuzziness, complexity, and difficult decision-making that goes along with that. It was undoubtedly* harassment, but obviously it was not intolerable for her. I'm sure it crept into their interpersonal dynamic in an insidious fashion, over time, like a slow boil. This is part of the reason that sexual harassment is such a problem, for both the accused and the accusers.
* Undoubtedly to me, based on my familiarity with her as a friend, and on how her story was revealed in bits and pieces, over months/years of our casual conversations. Of course, it would be impractical and difficult to convey this in words, online. My trust in my friend's honesty would never get imparted to a stranger, just as it would be very hard for me to put myself in someone else's shoes in a similar manner.
"Couldn't the university claim that the adviser's offense is not the university's offense?"
IANAL, though I suspect you're probably correct. The question was rhetorical, intended to illustrate some of the uncertainty we faced. It's easy to simply say "No", but that is not the same as seeking answers from a qualified lawyer or legal advocate. That takes time and energy. For a graduate student who is already lacking both, being further drained by such a negative dynamic, I think it's understandable for them to avoid the stress as much as possible. We may be the kind of proactive people who focus on this kind of problem until it gets solved, but I know others (including my two math friends) sometimes opt to avoid the stress of dealing with confrontation or emotional situations.
" Covert recordings are usually illegal/inadmissable as evidence without a warrant
Sexual harassment is illegal where I am from. I don't know about where you live. If it is indeed illegal there she should talk to a lawyer, who can involve the police and secure a warrant for the recording.
Seeking a warrant to gather evidence is a good idea, if that's actually an option. We didn't think of that, probably because of our unfamiliarity with legal process, and because of the time/energy that would take. However, this is part of why I posted about this, so that others facing a similar situation might have the benefit of such suggestions. Thanks!
Why won't sharks eat lawyers? Professional courtesy.