5 things to do in the first week of the new year

Enter all the state holidays and long weekends into your Google Calendar and share them with your family members. Enter all the state holidays and long weekends into your Google Calendar and share them with your family members.

El Perro Milonguero

El Perro Milonguero: February Round-Up

El Perro Milonguero has his own page at https://elperromilonguero.wordpress.com/ But in case you haven't been keeping up with his latest adventures, here's a quick round-up

Art, Drawings

Art Forms

This series of sketches is dedicated to my favorite art forms:     Art form - Architecture

Art, El Perro Milonguero

El Perro Milonguero – January 2017 Round up

El Perro Milonguero is a stylish dog born and raised in Argentine Tango community.  He is always ready to cheer everyone up by being positive and resolving any misunderstandings. At the same time, El Perro is a RESEARCHER. He is always ready to learn more about tango, tangueros and their ways of interacting with each… Continue reading El Perro Milonguero – January 2017 Round up

Art, Photography

Hi, January 2017!

Hope you're getting back on track with your work or school after the winter break! My January started off at a tango party. The morning of January 1st was calm, cozy and fun. It started off with coffee and favorite movies from childhood and finished off with sitting next to the first live Christmas tree… Continue reading Hi, January 2017!

Cut-Mix-Heat Recipes, Guest posts around the web, Lifestyle, Media

Quick Ricotta Pumpkin Pie Recipe

I love pumpkin pies but I never have time to make them. Here is a super quick recipe that requires minimal effort and preparation. I shared it on Lifehack.Org here: http://www.lifehack.org/502458/quick-ricotta-pumpkin-pie-recipe All you will need is a pie crust, pumpkin puree, creamy ricotta and sugar. Let me know if you are planning to try it… Continue reading Quick Ricotta Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Grad School, Tips

4.5 Ways to “Keep Calm And __[incert anything]”

How to manage grad school, a part-time job (or jobS), a relationship (or a family) and not to go crazy? If you've been to grad school for over 6 month you have probably figured out that it's a rhetorical question. However, we c an always brainstorm strategies to "Keep calm and ______". The next question… Continue reading 4.5 Ways to “Keep Calm And __[incert anything]”

Grad School, Tips

Assorted Stereotypes About Grads

Some people perceive millennials as a generation of spoiled coffee-drinking infantile youngsters with hyper-extended childhood who take about 30 years to 'find themselves' only to find themselves working as baristas while pretending to be engaged in 'vaguely creative activities'.   Misconceptions about graduate students, especially the ones in humanities go even further. Just for laughs - here… Continue reading Assorted Stereotypes About Grads

Art, Drawings, Uncategorized

Sketch Roundup: Fall 2016

I took a sketching course this fall and here is a quick roundup of what I've done. I learned a lot and had tons of fun!  

Grad School, Research, Uncategorized

Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting 2016 – Niagara!

This weekend was really mathematical for me! I went to Canadian Mathematical Society Annual Winter Meeting! This year it was held in Niagara falls. We didn't get to see the falls and the fire alarm nearly chased us out of the conference halls, but overall the trip was incredibly productive and fun. I also met… Continue reading Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting 2016 – Niagara!


Hi, December!

YEY, December! My favorite month of the year! This year December started off for me with an allnighter. I was trying to finish up my slides for a talk at Canada Math Society. But other than that the first day of December was slightly foggy and very cozy. BTW, if you happen to speak Russian,… Continue reading Hi, December!

Guest posts around the web, Media

Jumping off the Complain-Train

This Monday my piece about alternatives to complaining was published at That First Year Blog! I am honored and excited to be a part of this project! See the piece here: http://www.thatfirstyearblog.com/from-the-trenches/2016/11/21/the-alternatives-to-complaining

Math, Outreach

How not to have a ‘teenage debate’

I work with teens and most of them love arguments and debates [i love debates as well!] But debating is a form of art.  Some of my students have not mastered it yet, so they often end up having a 'teenage debate'. A 'teenage debate' is a discussion where participants criticize each other instead of… Continue reading How not to have a ‘teenage debate’

Art, Drawings, Math, Outreach

Essentials for a freelancing math teacher

I'm a math teacher and a graduate student. I don't teach at a public school. Instead I teach at special programs for gifted children, or work with children individually. I guess that makes me a freelancing math teacher. It takes a lot of planning to juggle grad school and freelancing job, but I love both… Continue reading Essentials for a freelancing math teacher

Art, Photography

First Impressions of November!

This November started off with the Fields Medal Symposium (read more about how it went over here). The day was so bright and sunny that I just had to take some pics from my balcony and on my way to the public opening of the Symposium. How did your November start off?

Cut-Mix-Heat Recipes, Guest posts around the web, Lifestyle, Media

4 ideas to spice up your cup of green tea – just in time for the dropping temps

I'm a huge fan of green tea and I am constantly on the outlook for new tea flavors. I also love spices (but not spicy food :)). Actually tea and spices make a perfect combo, especially as the temperatures start to drop and all of us need a little extra help warming up. Some spices… Continue reading 4 ideas to spice up your cup of green tea – just in time for the dropping temps

Math, Outreach

Fields Medal Symposium 2016

There's no Nobel Prize in math but there's a Fields Medal which is given to mathematicians under the age of 40 for their outstanding achievements. Every year Toronto's Fields Institute hosts an annual Fields Medal Symposium to honor one of the medalists. This time we have Prof. Manjul Bhargava  - a number theorist born in… Continue reading Fields Medal Symposium 2016

Art, Drawings, Lifestyle, My Toronto

October’s Portrait

  Yesterday we painted October's portrait at the 4 Cats Studio at the Toronto Junction Triangle (1615 Dupont St.). The studio is pretty easy to get to by TTC. It's full of samples of previous students' work. There's lots of light, but the place still has an ambient feel to it. The theme of the art… Continue reading October’s Portrait


Why I Teach Math to Gifted Kids

"Why do you teach math to gifted kids?" - I've been hearing this question from a lot of my friends lately, so I decided to answer this question in a form of a video. If you speak Russian - watch the video here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq7Pg2As9wo If you aren't a Russian speaker, here's a quick summary:… Continue reading Why I Teach Math to Gifted Kids

Cut-Mix-Heat Recipes, Lifestyle

Cut-Mix-Heat Slow-Cooker Apple Spice Chicken

If I had to summarize my cooking strategy, it would fit into 3 words: Cut-Mix-Heat (where the last step is optional). I'm a graduate student working at a couple of jobs. I don't have time or energy to dedicate to complicated recipes. But I love eating at home, and the comfort of having a fridge… Continue reading Cut-Mix-Heat Slow-Cooker Apple Spice Chicken