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Research

A few lessons from the lab - November 22, 2010
If I had a time machine - January 14, 2011 
The riddle of shear failure - January 21, 2011
ASCE Structures Congress 2011 – paper and presentation - May 17, 2011
Our lab on TV - May 25, 2011
fib Symposium 2011 – paper and presentation - June 14, 2011
The making of a specimen - August 29, 2011
Halfway my PhD - September 1, 2011
A presentation in Dutch  – September 22, 2011
Presentation at ACI Fall Convention - November 6, 2011
From real traffic on a bridge to a square steel plate - March 21, 2012 
A setup for half-scale slab shear experiments - March 28, 2012
International Bridge Conference 2012 - June 24, 2012
Spreiding puntlasten plaatviaducten - July 4, 2012 
IABMAS 2012 - July 19, 2012
9th fib PhD Symposium in Civil Engineering - July 31, 2012
TEDxDelft Salon Announcement - October 3, 2012
Kick-off 3TU.Bouw - October 11, 2012
Fifty Shades of Concrete - October 23, 2012 
Thesis Update - October 30, 2012 
Shear and Punching 101: Distance in the codes - November 13, 2012
Taking the Lab to the Stage - November 27, 2012 
Sulfur Concrete in Plain English - January 8, 2013
Paper nominated for Paper of the Year - February 7, 2013 
On the road to the defense, part I - February 14, 2013 
Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting: Presentation and Paper - February 17, 2013 
Paper published in the ACI Structural Journal - February 21, 2013 
Breaking News: The Dissertation - May 14, 2013 
Presentation at fib symposium 2013 - June 20, 2013 
Presentation on Shear Assessment of Solid Slab Bridges - June 27, 2013 
IABSE presentation on slabs subjected to a combination of loads - June 30, 2013 
Presentation from ACI Fall Convention 2011 - July 4, 2013 
Prolonging the service life of existing reinforced concrete slab bridges - July 14, 2013 
Quick Scan Method – Presentation at the International Bridge Conference - July 18, 2013 
Presentation of my PhD Defense, “Lekenpraatje” - July 21, 2013  

Presentations

Tomorrow’s presentation - December 1, 2010
Evaluation of my presentation - December 3, 2010
Preparing a presentation without slides - May 21, 2011
Preparing a presentation without slides – the aftermath - May 24, 2011
Another presentation style - February 4, 2012
Slideshare - April 12, 2012
Giving a poster presentation for the first time - June 26, 2012
Powerposing to boost your conference presence - October 17, 2012 
Performing for TEDx Delft Salon - October 19, 2012 

The process of doing a PhD

The possible cause for concentration problems - September 27, 2010
How to learn from your supervisor - November 30, 2010
Reverb 10 – Day 2: Writing - December 5, 2010
Just ask - December 6, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 7: Community
 - December 7, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 9: Party - December 9, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 10: Wisdom - December 10, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 13 – Action - December 13, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 17: Lesson learned - January 4, 2011 
Reverb10 – Day 24: Everything’s OK - January 5, 2011
Mastering your PhD by P. Gosling and P. Noordam – Book Review - January 13, 2011
A PhD defense at TU Delft - January 18, 2011
How to handle a large amount of literature - January 24, 2011
Literature review – The sequel - January 27, 2011
Building a Successful Career in Scientific Research by Phil Dee – Book review - January 30, 2011
Reimbursement - February 27, 2011
My analysis report or How to analyze large amounts of test data - February 28, 2011
My PhD study companion - March 4, 2011
The phases of reading - March 10, 2011
How much time does a conference take? - March 28, 2011
The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research  – Gordon Rugg and Marian Petre - April 4, 2011
How to get a PhD by Phillips and Pugh - May 30, 2011
Reviewers’ comments - June 20, 2011
How to tackle a large task -  July 10, 2011
Who am I to speak up - July 11, 2011  
Book review: Starting research: An introduction to academic research and dissertation writing - Roy Preece - July 31, 2011 
How to write an abstract in 30 minutes - August 1, 2011 
A PhD defense at Georgia Tech - August 28, 2011
Five reasons why I decided to pursue a PhD - September 19, 2011
Studying versus Research - October 12, 2011
How to present calculations in a report - November 13, 2011 
The basic elements of a presentation with slides - November 14, 2011 
Tools for planning towards the defense - February 6, 2012 
Doing a PhD – is it work or school? - February 13, 2012 
Contents of my job - March 18, 2012 
The PhD movie - March 24, 2012
Finding time for writing - March 26, 2012
On perseverance - April 9, 2012
Gaining confidence in your research - April 11, 2012 
How to write a paper in two days - April 16, 2012 
At the beginning of the road - April 20, 2012
Top 10 posts on PhD Talk - May 26, 2012 
Ten great blogs for PhD students - June 28, 2012 
Reading loads: understanding different levels of reading - September 25, 2012 
Reading loads: keeping up with the output - September 27, 2012
Power of We - October 15, 2012 
Reading loads: Archiving after reading - October 9, 2012
The Creative Process: Conditions - November 1, 2012
The Creative Process: The Creative Habit - November 8, 2012 
The Creative Process: Reading Sparks Creativity - November 18, 2012  
The Creative Process: The Importance of Questions -  November 20, 2012
Letting Go - November 29, 2012 
Thesis Distance – Inner Resistance - December 2, 2012
The Creative Process: Creativity without borders -  December 11, 2012
The Archetypes of PhD Students – Which one are you? - January 17, 2013 
Introducing: Silver Linings - January 24, 2013 
Improve Your Public Speaking Skills - January 31, 2013
Five Ways to Control your Budget in Graduate School - February 26, 2013
25 Quick and Easy Ways to Save Money in Graduate School - March 3, 2013
PhD Life at TU Delft - March 10, 2013
The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us - March 21, 2013 
The Creative Process: Essential Components of Creative Acts - March 28, 2013 
Silver Linings: To Ask or Not To Ask - March 31, 2013  
Discomfort, Friction and Creative Blocks  – April 11, 2013 
Five Best Practices for Getting Started with Research - May 9, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Seven Short Research Ideas to Discuss in a Conference Paper - May 28, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: How to stay motivated when writing an entire dissertation - June 4, 2013 
Five Key Elements to Consider when Applying for a PhD - June 6, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Writing your acknowledgements - June 11, 2013 
Defending tomorrow! - June 13, 2013 
Silver Linings: Flowing through conference travel - June 16, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: How much time does it take to write a dissertation - June 25, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: The final months of the dissertation - July 2, 2013
Celebrating Milestones in Graduate School - July 11, 2013 
On the road to the defense, part II - July 25, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: How to write your conclusions, Part I: journal or conference paper - July 30, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: How to write your conclusions, Part II: Doctoral Dissertation - August 6, 2013 
The Defense: My experience - August 8, 2013 
How to Prepare for the PhD Defense - August 15, 2013  

Academia

Social media and Academics - November 18, 2010
Insider Higher Ed’s leaving or staying in academia - January 10, 2011 
Ten reasons why you should study abroad - March 7, 2011
How to make your autobiographical essay stand out - June 19, 2011
Assisting assignments - June 30, 2011
Diversity - September 29, 2011
Four reasons for blogging - November 28, 2011
Explaining your work to friends and family - February 11, 2012
A new world of work for scientists - February 16, 2012
First lecture – ever - March 29, 2012 
Thank you, Fulbright - March 31, 2012
Twitter and scientists - April 21, 2012
Blogging as a means to tackle publication bias? - October 2, 2012
Science is Fun, Science is Play - October 21, 2012
Authenticity in 2.0? - November 4, 2012
Why Blogging is for Every Single Academic - December 6, 2012
Can Blogging add an Additional Dimension to Academic Publishing - December 9, 2012 
Academic Lessons from the Story of Success - December 13, 2012
The Shires and Thoroughbreds of Academia - December 20, 2012  
Five Lessons for Science Teachers - March 7, 2013
Silver Linings: Joi Ito on Learnings, Authority and Kickstarter - March 24, 2013 
Why Writing is your Single Most Important Skill - April 9, 2013 
Silver Linings: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish - April 28, 2013 
Thinking about STEM - May 2, 2013 
Silver Linings: Podcasts and the Love of Learning - May 12, 2013 
Silver Linings: Conferences, and flying around the world - August 11, 2013

Structural Engineering

Software review: Codeform and Codeproof - June 25, 2011
Structural engineering conferences - September 11, 2011
Journal top 5 - January 21, 2012
Smart Materials, made in Delft - December 18, 2012
First Time at the TRB Annual Meeting - March 5, 2013

Productivity and Time Management

First steps in speed reading - September 16, 2010
A few good friday habits - September 17, 2010
Friday already? - October 8, 2010
How a few software tools created several hours per week - November 8, 2010
How staying longer at work resulted in getting less work done
 - December 9, 2010
Some motivational words - January 8, 2011
Reflections on Lifehack’s 11 things to avoid in 2011 - January 16, 2011
7 ways to motivate yourself - January 29, 2011
Ten tips for a better concentration - February 3, 2011
How I started to take my own planning and deadlines seriously - February 7, 2011
5 tips to boost your productivity - February 14, 2011
Five ways to jumpstart your day - February 17, 2011
Seven simple steps to tackle writer’s block - February 21, 2011
Strengths or challenge - February 26, 2011
An afternoon without network connection - March 14, 2011  
Decisions and priorities - March 27, 2011
Gremlins and procrastination - April 3, 2011
Leechblock - May 27, 2011
Using shortcuts to write faster - July 17, 2011
Focus Booster - July 22, 2011
Blog post about holidays - August 25, 2011
Five helpful websites - September 3, 2011
Five pitfalls to avoid when working from home - October 10, 2011
Cleaning out the information stream - January 8, 2012
Inserting the chapter title to the header in Word 2010 -  February 12, 2012
The writer’s little helper - March 19, 2012 
Improving your Spotify experience - April 2, 2012
To Pomodoro or not to Pomodoro - April 5, 2012
The benefits of 750 words - April 26, 2012
My time management system - June 5, 2012
How to stop making excuses - July 6, 2012
On morning routines - September 19, 2012
A fresh start - October 4, 2012
The active bird catches the worm - October 23, 2012 
Towards better concentration in five steps - October 25, 2012
Introducing: Writers’ Lab - January 10, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Writing for non-native speakers - January 15, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: A personal Narrative on Writing - January 22, 2013
Writers’ Lab: 750 words versus longhand journaling -  January 29, 2013
Writers’ Lab: Make Your First Draft Fun - February 5, 2013
Writers’ Lab: Writing Academic English for Non-Native Speakers - February 12, 2013
Writers’ Lab: Seven Lessons from Academic Writing - February 19, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Overview of Journals on Structural and Bridge Engineering - March 12, 2013
One powerful trick to boost your productivity - March 14, 2013
Writers’ Lab: A Writing Diet - March 19, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: The Art of Writing Compelling Figure Captions - March 26, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Writing More Compelling Articles and Blog Posts - April 2, 2013 
Why do we procrastinate - April 4, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: List of Common Mistakes - April 16, 2013 
Six Essential Elements in Writing To Dos - April 18, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: How You should Start Writing from Day 1 - April 23, 2013 
Writing and Cravings - April 25, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Five Ways of Getting in the Zone - April 30, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: A Quick Hack for Writing with Less Disturbances - May 7, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: How to put a landscape table on a portrait page - May 21, 2013 
Teach yourself Speed reading - May 23, 2013 
Consider the Internet as a Tool, not a Time-suck - May 30, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Turning passive sentences into the active voice - June 18, 2013 
Writer’s Lab: A Quick Tip for Proofreading - July 9, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Constructing effective outlines using assertive language - July 16, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: A drastic revision strategy for improving your paper’s story and organization - July 23, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Editing your writing, paper-less style - August 13, 2013  

Health

The work-life balance thing - November 15, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 5: Let go - December 5, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 11: 11 things - December 11, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 12: Body integration - December 12, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 12: Body Integration – Part 2 - December 12, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 19: Healing - January 4, 2011 
Reverb10 – Day 28: Achieve - January 6, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 31: Core story - January 6, 2011
First steps into mindfulness - January 7, 2011
Overcoming fear - January 9, 2011
A few thoughts on the video “Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn” - January 16, 2011
The silent creativity killer: lack of sleep - January 20, 2011
Mindfulness – your thoughts as leaves on a stream - January 23, 2011
Lack of sleep – Part two - March 6, 2011
Mindfulness – an update - March 19, 2011
Four mindful habits - April 8, 2011
More mindfulness - July 3, 2011
Using the iPhone to battle insomnia - March 22, 2012
How to make meditation a habit - April 23, 2012 
Pzizz - April 28, 2012
Pranayama iPhone app - November 6, 2012
Treat Yourself to Relaxation: Silva Relaxation app - January 13, 2013
Beat stress by breathing with your diaphragm - January 20, 2013
Silver Linings: Gratitude in the Shower - January 27, 2013 
Silver Linings: Meditation and Your Brain - February 3, 2013 
Silver Linings: 10 minutes of Standing Yoga - February 10, 2013
Silver Linings: Kickstart your health - February 24, 2013 
Silver Linings: Your Daily Checklist - March 17, 2013
Silver Linings: Meditation, your Brain and your Heart - April 7, 2013 
Silver Linings: Loving Kindness - April 21, 2013

Silver Linings: Getting started with meditation - June 2, 2013
Silver Linings: Listening to your inner circadian rhythm - June 9, 2013 
Silver Linings: Study Yum - June 23, 2013 
Silver Linings: Creativity and Meditation - July 7, 2013 
Silver Linings: Hormones and your Health - July 28, 2013  

Travel

Reverb10 – Day 3: Moment - December 5, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 22: Travel - January 5, 2011 
Magritte - February 24, 2011
A few places worth visiting in Amsterdam - March 17, 211
Keukenhof - April 10, 2011 

Other

A new blog - September 14, 2010
Day zero project - October 4, 2010
Branding fail
 - November 15, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 1: One word - December 5, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 4: Wonder - December 5, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 6: Make - December 6, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 8: Beautifully different - December 8, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 14: Appreciate or How I came to terms with my situation. - December 14, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 15: 5 minutes - January 4, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 16: Friendship - January 4, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 18: Try - January 4, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 20: Beyond avoidance - January 4, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 21: Future self - January 5, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 23: new name - January 5, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 25: Photo - January 6, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 26: Soul food - January 6, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 27: Ordinary Joy - January 6, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 29: Defining moment - January 6, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 30: Gift - January 6, 2011
Reflecting on Reverb10 - January 7, 2011
The importance of good communication - February 13, 2011
The Julie Project - June 5, 2011
In defense of Latin in secondary schools - June 27, 2011
Blogs I am currently following - July 18, 2011
Blog birthday! - September 15, 2011
Creating history – TEDxDelft 7 november 2011- October 19, 2011
Live blogging at TEDxDelft - November 7, 2011
Space: Research and Tourism (TEDxDelft) - November 13, 2011
Ideas – and Feynman (TEDxDelft) - November 13, 2011
Simplify - January 19, 2012
Getting your message through on Twitter - April 14, 2012
Book review: George Saunders – Pastoralia - April 30, 2012
Who buys music anyway - June 30, 2012
TEDxDelft: Never grow up – October 5th - September 23, 2012
Therion: Les Fleurs du Mal Review - September 29, 2012
Liveblogging at TEDxDelft - October 5, 2012 
TEDxDelft: a recap - October 6, 2012 
Storify on TEDxDelft - October 6, 2012 
TEDxDelft LiveBloggers - October 7, 2012
Vrouwennetwerk 2.0 - October 28, 2012
Lest We Forget - November 11, 2012 
Never Grow Up, Today but also Tomorrow - November 15, 2012 
Why Blend In if you can Stand Out - November 22, 2012 
Manon’s Tales from the Road - November 25, 2012
A Wonderful World of Sensations - December 4, 2012
Affiliate Links and Sponsorship Opportunities - December 16, 2012 
Happy Holidays - December 23, 2012 
Calling for Contributions - January 3, 2013
In Her Language - January 6, 2013 
PhD Talk on Brazen Careerist - January 7, 2013
TRB Annual Meeting – Social Media and an App, done Right - February 28, 2013 
Silver Linings: Kickstart your Change - April 14, 2013 
Silver Linings: The PhDcat(s) - May 5, 2013 
PhD Talk among Top 100 Thesis and Dissertation references on the web - May 16, 2013 
Silver Linings: Favorite flashmob - May 19, 2013 
Silver Linings: What I learned from “Stoppen met Shoppen” - May 26, 2013 
PhD Talk, post PhD - August 1, 2013
Silver Linings: Discover your major strengths - August 4, 2013