There has been a lot of news recently about women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, medicine, mathematics). There has been the very sad news that Maryam Mirzakhani, the so far only woman to be awarded the Fields Medal, has passed away. And now, there is the rather silly discussion about the first female Dr Who. … Continue reading Female role models
As my sabbatical comes to a sad end, I decided to come in to catch up and start thinking of next year’s teaching. When suddenly I started hearing continuous high squeaking from outside the window. It seemed there was a duck in distress – and I promptly phoned Campus Security for their help. They joined … Continue reading High Drama on a Saturday Afternoon
This evening I attended an excellent talk by Lorraine Dalston, a History of Science scholar. Many great ideas, starting from the very current ideas of big data and digital humanities. The concept I found most resonating was the idea of distinct paces: empirical discoveries happen at quick pace, the pace of publishable results, maybe of grants … Continue reading The three timescales of science
For several years I’ve been impressed by colleagues who have a public key in the signatures of their email messages. I have off and on read a little bit about security and encryption, but always found the explanations too complicated, so have relied instead on just not having anything particularly juicy or interesting to hide. … Continue reading Shhh! Using encryption.
I went to a very interesting seminar sponsored by the Centre for Scientific Computing. One issue as someone who has moved from writing software to someone who has to beg/coerce others to write it, is that quite often it is impossible to maintain it after the student/postgrad/postdoc has moved on. Even more frustrating is doing … Continue reading I just heard about Research Software Engineering
It is the time of year when academics from around the world receive messages from students from Engineering Colleges/Institutions asking for internship opportunities. I’ve just come back from being offline and have 5 such requests. In the past it was easy to just discard them when they usually started with “Dear Sir,” but now the … Continue reading If you are writing for an internship…
In recent times I’ve been asked to be a member of several interview committees – most likely as the token woman, I admit. The difficulties women have in being chosen due to unconscious bias are well documented and there is a lot of advise available for interview panels, see for example: There is of … Continue reading What I’d like to tell most female interviewees