A metaphor for science and technology

Forget about art and science – this century has a whole new two world problem: science and technology It’s been nagging me for a while – at science online conferences (both the London and North Carolina varieties), in talks with lab mates, at work at a scientific publisher, and hanging…

Why no postdoc?

“Oh, you’re in Cambridge now?” someone said, “Are you doing a postdoc there? Congrats!” No, I’m not. Someone else, around the same time, asked me: “But if you just finished your PhD, why aren’t you doing a postdoc now?”Why would I? I don’t want to run my own lab. Why…

To science! Finding my place in science communication

I’ve had a bit of a weird week. I was in London last Monday, for a job interview. I didn’t get the job, but I did get to see Jenny and Stephen for a few minutes after their Fiction Lab, so it was still a worthwhile trip. I’ve been looking…

Back to whatever – struggling with freelance life

Tuesday morning I woke up grumpier than usual – and I usually wake up grumpy in the first place! It was the day that everyone in Canada went Back to School. I have been going back to school every September since 1982, so this was the first September since 1981…

Correcting an error in my thesis. People from the future can’t mock me anymore

I mentioned earlier that I had found an error in my thesis. The table numbers in one chapter were off. Man, I’ve told everyone about it. Everyone who saw the final bound thesis had to hear about the mislabeled tables. Everyone! But the more I told it, the less I…

Evaluating fourth year student presentations

I’m right in the middle of two days of evaluating student presentations. They’re 10 minute talks about the fourth year research projects they did. Yesterday I evaluated fifteen speakers, and today I have another fifteen. Seven other people are also evaluating over both days, and each student brings their supervisor,…

The final product! Getting my bound PhD thesis back

Look what I picked up today! My bound PhD thesis! I got lots of comments about the colour: “It’s red!” “That’s a very bold colour.” “Wow, red! With gold letters!” Yup. It’s red. The colour scheme was based on the book that first piqued my interest in Biochemistry: Next to…

Three months after leaving the lab

I still have the keys to the lab. Well, they’re not “keys”, they’re two magnetic cards. The one for the hospital is probably blocked by now, but I’m pretty sure the other one (to get into the research building) still works. I haven’t been back since  leaving the lab December…