Communication, Science

Science in a nutshell

This week I had the pleasure of attending an excellent science outreach event at one of the pubs local to the reseach institute where I work. The Café Scientifique format is one with which I’m sure many of you will be familiar but for those of you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about; it’s essentially a platform for scientists and others to communicate science to the general public in a relaxed and informal setting. Continue reading

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Musings

Taking a break

I suspect I may look back on this post in years to come and laugh mockingly at my naïvety but there we are I’m going to write it anyway (sorry future me). Two weeks ago I took a week off, I didn’t really go anywhere besides my parents and made time to see a few friends but I really feel like it was so worth it. Yes, I did spend the whole week before fretting about leaving my experiments alone for a whole week! Yes, I did feel like I was doing something self-indulgent and I felt a bit guilty. Despite all this I don’t regret it in the slightest, besides, if you can’t take a break during the first year of your PhD, there’s no way you’ll feel like you can take a break later on in the process.  Continue reading

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Science

Reading…

So alongside my lab and glasshouse work this week, my goal has been to tackle that most hated of PhD chores – reading. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading a scientific paper, an accurate and very amusing summary of the events involved can be

found here. After enjoying the novelty of gamification last week, I decided to apply this principle to my reading list, in hopes that I might actually start to enjoy the process.

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Musings

Lists, a game we play

img_0028To-do lists, yes this may seem a pretty dry subject but I couldn’t get through without them. My desk is littered with yellow post-it notes (see left) with various time-constrained lists, monthly, weekly, daily. In my private life I am not renowned for my organisational skills – understatement   – but in my work life I have to be. Without strict deadlines and objectives, nothing would ever get done. Continue reading

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Science

Flummoxed

Ever get the feeling that you’re attempting to cram too much information into your brain at once? This week I’m tackling q-PCR…or perhaps I should say I’m starting to tackle q-PCR.

As a “Jack of all trades, master of none” PhD student, I often find learning new techniques a bit of a minefield. I know I’m not alone, and that is a comforting thought but but where do I turn when the going gets tough? Continue reading

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