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
I have a deal with the department librarian, that copies of the Times Higher Education will be placed in my pigeon hole when it is time for the department to get rid of them, and I would dispose of them in due course. The result of this, however… is that I have piles and piles … Continue reading Sabbatical reading: Narcissism in Science
One aspect which makes each academic year different from the previous one is the supervision of final year projects, and each crop of students comes up with different ideas they want to explore. My approach to signing up students is to give them some suggested areas, but mostly accept any student who has real enthusiasm … Continue reading Undergraduate projects: the cycle begins