I was extremely pleased to contribute an article on Open Acess to the latest issue of Phenotype Journal, the magazine of the Oxford University Biochemical Society. The full issue is available online and looks gorgeous! Thanks to the absence of length and formatting constraints on this blog, I added a few more references to the … More Open Access: one expression for many implications
When I compare my mentoring experience with that of colleagues and friends with a different academic background, it seems like everyone who sets out to becoming a mentor should be prepared for a few existential doubts and general gravelling. What makes a good mentor? What if I cannot tackle an issue or answer a question … More To mentor or not to mentor?
It is Saturday afternoon, but the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford is bustling with activity. For the third year in a row, the astrophysics outreach team has organised the event known as “Stargazing Oxford” (so as to suggest its connection to the “Stargazing LIVE” programme broadcast on BBC Two) – an opportunity … More Sparks of Stargazing Oxford 2014
In October I visited a secondary school as a STEM Ambassador (http://www.stemnet.org.uk/ambassadors/). The event I participated in has allegedly been inspired by a television programme – small groups of pupils have five minutes to visit your “stall”, examine your display of “clues” which you brought as “everyday tools of the job” and ask questions with … More Stereotypes
Take a group of educated, slightly over-worked and potentially stressed individuals and add one condition: they have to communicate with each other and take decisions together. Let us now restrict our observation to a specific category – PhD students, for example. I remember the summer before the start of my doctoral degree. I had a … More The (un)stable equilibrium of collaboration