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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