Benefit Cosmetics has come under fire recently for their Skip Class Not Concealer campaign, seemingly implying that beauty, rather than brains, is the thing that society values about females. It has understandably received a lot of backlash with many feeling that it is another example of everyday sexism that should not be coming out of a… Continue reading Skip Benefit, not class
CRISPR is the hottest name around right now. Standing for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, CRISPR (pronounced 'crisper') is found naturally as part of the defence system that bacteria employ to protect themselves from foreign DNA. It has been hijacked by scientists who now use it as a highly specific gene-editing tool and it seems… Continue reading The latest blockbuster, directed by CRISPR
If you are sick, you go to your doctor. Your doctor may examine you. They may prescribe you some medication. You, most likely, get better. So far, so usual. But what if you have heart disease and your doctor misses it because they are looking for the wrong symptoms? Or the treatment prescribed to treat… Continue reading Why women are getting the rough end of the therapy stick
Okay, there was no buzzing. Not from the Museum table anyway; all of our exhibits had been dead for a while. But the whole Royal Ent Soc event, hosted in the Hospitium in Museum Gardens, was packed full of visitors and there was definitely a buzz about the place. The Museum brought some specimen trays… Continue reading Buzzing about at the Insect Festival
On Friday June 30th, Helen Brown (Chair), Amiee Allen (Undergraduate) and I headed to the University of Leeds for the first in a series of three Summer Roadshows, designed and organised by the Microbiology Society ECM Forum Exec Committee. We hoped to use them as an opportunity for early career researchers to hear a couple… Continue reading The ECM Forum Roadshow launch!
I have now spent a month at the Yorkshire Museum on my placement and it has really given me a bit of breathing room from my PhD. This has afforded me a bit of time to get certain things in order. First off, I have finally begun to write the children's book that has been… Continue reading An Anxious Scientist heads to Instagram!
This week I have decided to do things a little differently and, rather than giving a recap on what I have been up to, I am going to give you the story behind one of the coolest items in the Yorkshire Museum collection -- the Middlesbrough Meteorite. I have become involved in it this week… Continue reading A brief introduction to the Middlesbrough Meteorite
I am writing this post a little behind schedule after a busy weekend hosting various Swimming & Water Polo events (shameless plug for how amazing the Club is for being shortlisted for Club of the Year and Campaign of the Year, in part due to the fantastic #UYSWCvCancer fundraising). All ready for the arrival and… Continue reading Week 3 – Outreach, GoPros and dogs at polling stations
I can't believe I am two weeks through my placement already! I'm having the best time and I'm learning so much fossil-related information that I do sometimes feel like my biologist brain might explode! I was only in for four days this week because of the bank holiday. My favourite day was spent going through a… Continue reading Week 2 with the YMT science team
A key part of my PhD is a three month work placement (PIPS) which you can take anywhere you choose. I decided to go to the Yorkshire Museum because I'm super keen on science communications and I thought a place such as a museum would provide a really interesting take on it. I started this… Continue reading Dinosaur prints and other fossils: my first week at the Yorkshire Museum