I love books – the old fashioned kind, printed with ink on paper. As a kid, books were my source of education, inspiration and entertainment. As an adult, I still find there’s something oddly satisfying about picking up a sheaf of printed and bound pages and immersing myself in them. So it’s perhaps not surprising that, when it came to using my prize money from I’m A Scientist, get Me Out Of Here, I ended up turning to books. Knowing how to use the £500 prize for being the last scientist standing in the Silicon zone on I’m A Scientist was something of a challenge in itself. The rules of the competition stated that “The money must be for publicising or communicating the scientist’s research (or research area).” It sounds simple. But £500 lies in that awkward region where it’s too little to do something really big with, but too … Continue reading
Dear students You’ll be pleased to know as promised I’ll be off to the BSA Science Communication Conference next March where I’ll meet other scientists talking about the best ways to communicate our work. I’m chatting to @modsoph and @modshane about talking about the experience of being in I’m a scientist, hopefully encouraging more scientists to take part. I’m also putting together a microbes event on how bacterial ‘Move, Smell and Talk’ for the British Science Festival, but as there is lots to arrange I won’t be able to make Birmingham this year so it will be unveiled next year in September – so look forward to hopefully meeting some of you there! Since doing I’m a scientist I’ve also been busy running the biochemistry UNIQ summer school, which saw 30 6th form students come to Oxford for a week to experience what life is like for undergraduate biochemists. While … Continue reading
In I’m a Scientist we ask all the scientists to tell us a joke. It turns out everyone loves this bit of the scientist’s profiles, so we thought we would gather them all here together, for your delight and delectation… Zone Scientist Joke Beryllium Upul Wijayantha Philip Wadler There are two kinds of people—those who think there are two kinds of people, and those who don’t. Ian Sillett Why did the scarecrow win a nobel prize? He was outstanding in his field! (Topical?) Derek Mann Q. What did the fish say when he swam into the wall? A. Dam! Daniel Mietchen Schrödinger’s cat walks into a bar … and doesn’t. Boron Vicki Stevenson how many physicists does it take to change a light bulb? 2 – 1 to hold the bulb and 1 to rotate the universe Keith Brain 3 people travelling in a bus through the Australian countryside see … Continue reading
I think I need to say, first of all, how much I enjoyed taking part in IAS – although the number of e-mailed questions was fairly daunting and the speed of the live chats left me physically and mentally exhausted (ok, I may be exaggerating a little here), it was amazing to see the diversity of questions and views on such a wide range of scientific (and not so scientific) areas. I never ever expected to win it; there were some fantastically knowledgeable and engaging scientists in my zone, so I was totally overwhelmed by it all. So thankyou for giving me that opportunity and experience. So, on to the prize winnings! In the original information that I had read on the scheme, the winnings could be spent on communicating science or science education. I decided from the start that I would spend my money more on the education side … Continue reading
This is a last reminder: We really want to hear from you! What do you think, did you like I’m a Scientist? What did you like/dislike about it? Was it better or worse than normal lessons? You should fill in our survey and tell us what you think. It helps us make it better for next time. Also you’ll go into a prize draw for £20 WH Smiths vouchers. Survey is here http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/307117/i-m-a-scientist-june-2010-tell-us-what-you-think- Thanks for your help!
It’s almost two weeks since I’m a Scientist ended. Doesn’t time fly? Do you miss it? We do, but we’re maybe a bit sad like that. Now we want to know what YOU think about it, what you liked and what you didn’t. If you tell us what you thought, it helps us make it better for next time. Also, you’ll go into a prize draw to win £20 of WH Smiths vouchers. Student survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/307117/i-m-a-scientist-june-2010-tell-us-what-you-think- Thanks for telling us, we really appreciate it.
As we see Wimbledon and World Cup fever draw to an end, so too must I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! This battle was also fierce, but through the sweat, blood and tears* one victor emerged, (well 41 technically) to be crowned champions of I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! June 2010. Thank you so much to all those that took part. This has truly been an amazing event with record participation, so we can’t thank you enough for making it so much fun! We only hope you had as much fun as we did in the office! So without further ado, it is with my pleasure to announce that the winners of I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! June 2010 are: Zone Scientist Winner Student Winner Brain Joanna Brooks Jacob Buckle – John Hampden Grammar School Cancer Joanna Watson Savannah Woolgar-Harris and Katie … Continue reading
It’s the final countdown! With at least two evictions in each zone- and in some, three- the end is drawing close for this round of I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! But that just means things are getting really exciting! Our scientists still want your questions- and votes- so keep sending them to us, students, and we’ll announce our winners this Friday. Nonetheless, we’d like to thank all our scientists for taking part. Just because some have been evicted doesn’t mean that they’re completely gone. You can still check out their profiles, and read their answered questions. And remember you can still leave comments for each scientist in their zone. Check out our evicted scientists here- remember the answers, the science, the laughs- and maybe leave them a message! Zone First eviction Second eviction Beryllium Upul Wijayantha Philip Wadler Boron Vicki Stevenson Emma Carter Nitrogen Stuart Kyle Donna … Continue reading
As you all know, there are evictions every day for the rest of the week! You get a vote every day, so remember to keep voting for your favourite scientist. But how do the scientists feel, being bombarded with questions and then facing eviction? One of the scientists who took part in I’m a Scientist in March, the lovely Louise Buckley, has agreed to tell us about what the scientists taking part are REALLY thinking… Hey there! I am Louise one of the scientists from the last “I’m a Scientist….” event. This competition is looking even more exciting than when I took part – I cannot believe how many questions are getting asked. It’s a total mash-up of questions – these scientists are going to need to take a holiday afterwards to recover! I bet the scientists are starting to feel nervous now about who’s going to get evicted. We … Continue reading
Well no, OK, funnily enough FIFA aren’t changing their match times because of I’m a Scientist evictions. But we do have an eviction planned for 3.30pm on Wed, during the England vs Slovenia game. Because we are kind, caring people here at I’m a Scientist, we have decided to bring the time of Wednesday’s eviction forwards to 3pm. This means that you (and the moderators, who’ve been working very hard, and deserve a break) can relax and watch the match, with your eviction worries behind you. Apologies to those of you not supporting England, but we would move evictions for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland matches too. If there were any. Also apologies to those of you who don’t like football. Me either. I and the two non-English mods will be looking after the site on our own while the match is on. Please try not to break anything. Other … Continue reading