Skip Benefit, not class

Benefit Cosmetics has come under fire recently for theirΒ 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

The latest blockbuster, directed by CRISPR

CRISPR is the hottest name around right now. Standing forΒ 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

Why women are getting the rough end of the therapy stick

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

Buzzing about at the Insect Festival

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

The ECM Forum Roadshow launch!

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!

A brief introduction to the Middlesbrough Meteorite

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

Week 3 – Outreach, GoPros and dogs at polling stations

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

Week 2 with the YMT science team

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 ofΒ the bank holiday. My favourite day was spent going through a… Continue reading Week 2 with the YMT science team

Dinosaur prints and other fossils: my first week at the Yorkshire Museum

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