Try using the Obsidian App instead — a markdown text editor

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Formatting slides in Microsoft’s PowerPoint or Apple’s Keynote presentation software for each lesson or class can take a lot of time to make them look good, and can distract from the main point of teaching — the content. If you are like me, I like my presentations to really stand out, and I often overfocus on design rather than content. To focus on what really matters, the content, I tried an experiment using the Obsidian App with presenting material in my class. …


Generate new ideas and stay ahead in your research

Reading the latest articles from journals in your field of study is vital for staying ahead of information that impacts your work, and for generating new research ideas. Today, this is a difficult task with the proliferation of new journals, and an increase in the number of articles released each day. The publication industry over the last two decades has largely switched from paper-based to digital (Chen, 2019), and as a result researchers now have more options than ever to find a journal to publish their work. …


Cite while you write for academic papers

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For academics, inserting citations from a popular citation manager, such as Endnote, Mendeley, Readcube, etc., is an integral part of their writing workflow. Researchers use citation managers to save time and the hassle of properly formatting citations that different journals require. The sandbox security of iPadOS, however, has limited the ability of these citation managers to integrate with word processors.

Recently, I have come across two solutions that work on iPadOS.

  1. In Microsoft Word, use the Mendeley add-on within Word on the iPad.
  2. For Google docs, Paperpile now works as an add-on if writing within the Safari browser. Paperpile works…


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I started my academic career in graduate school with the original iMac and have never looked back. Back in those days, Microsoft and Apple were very much a rivalry, and the Microsoft Office suite was unstable and practically unusable. In the acknowledgments of my Master’s thesis, the last line reads:

I proudly state that this thesis was created on an Apple computer without the aid of Microsoft software.

To write my Master’s thesis and complete my dissertation, I relied upon three pieces of software that got me through graduate school, and that I still use today. I just cannot seem…


Hominin localities on the World Heritage list

Early Hominin World Heritage sites, map by Stance Hurst

Remains of our hominin ancestors and their tools are found throughout the African and Eurasian continents. Researchers have found these Pliocene-to-Pleistocene-age sites along the eroding slopes of ancient rift valleys and in caves. You can visit the landscapes and see the remnants of our ancient ancestors at 11 World Heritage sites.

World Heritage hominin sites in Africa

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area World Heritage site is renowned for the Olduvai Gorge locality, and the Australopithecus afarensis (3.85–2.95 million years ago mya) footprints at Lake Laeotoli. Significantly at Olduvai Gorge, Louis Leaky and his team found fossils of Homo habilis, one of the earliest members of Homo dating…


Stance Hurst, Field Manager, Lubbock Lake Landmark

Figure 1. Volunteers excavating at Macy Locality 126 during the 2019 field season.

The focus of the first six weeks of the 2019 field season was excavation at Macy Locality 126 — a Protohistoric-age (1450–1650) site. Volunteers from Texas, Oklahoma, and California joined the Landmark research team. Notable among the volunteers was a returning member after 47 years who first worked with Dr. Eileen Johnson during her second season of excavation at the Lubbock Lake Landmark in 1973 (Figure 1).

Macy Locality 126 was located on a terrace overlooking the South Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River within the Post research area…


Over the past three field seasons at the Post research area, the survey team has recorded the skeletal remains of several extinct Ice Age animals within the Spring Creek beds. The Spring Creek beds are lake sediments left from an extinct lake that had formed during the Pleistocene. During this time, under more moist weather conditions, several paleolake basins formed along the eastern escarpment edge of the Southern High Plains. The exact age of the Spring Creek beds and their relation to other regional extinct paleolakes has puzzled researchers for several decades.

The Blanco basin, located in Crosbyton County, Texas…


The Digital Heritage Research Lab is part of the Lubbock Lake Landmark regional research program. I oversee projects in the lab including 3D modeling of research objects using photogrammetry, and 3D printing to create interactive objects for exhibits that visitors can touch. I was contacted about joining a consortium as part of Texas Tech’s efforts to support the regional medical community during the COVID-19 pandemic. University research scientists and other regional partners have been using their 3D printers to make personal protection equipment (PPE). I was asked to 3D print shield brims and ear guards.

I have been using a…

Stance Hurst, PhD

I am an archaeologist at the Lubbock Lake Landmark and Graduate Faculty at Texas Tech University. Passionate about archaeology, cycling, and Apple technology.

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