Life etc.

Nobel and I: How the Prizes can be used to inspire

This is a blog post I wrote for STEMNET which appeared here: http://networking.stemnet.org.uk/blog/nobel-and-i-how-prizes-can-be-used-inspire and will hopefully appear on their main site soon too – just a summary of my two main projects at Nobel Media —- I am a physicist who has always loved to “talk science”. I’ve been a STEMNET Ambassador for...


What I See? Part 2

Hello everyone! I hope you’re well. To the newbies, welcome to my blog – within, you will find mostly sciencey stuff, but I occasionally stray into more personal stuff too. I’ve already blogged about the What I See project – about imposter syndrome for women in STEM – but I thought there was more to say, so this is Part 2! What I...


What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

Here’s how I answered: http://whatiseeproject.com//story/what-do-you-see-when-you-look-in-the-mirror633 …Oh how I wish I’d actually prepped for it. And worn lipstick. But anyway 🙂 So, what about you? Do you see the physical stuff? Or do you see beyond that? Maybe a bit of both? I think that this is the very best thing about the What I See...


Sew Love

Be warned – this is another non-science post. Normal service will return soon, I promise – I have at least three articles waiting in the wings. But I thought you guys might like to learn a little more about what I do other than science 🙂 In June of last year, I booked a class for myself and my friend Becky at Sew Over It – a fantastic sewing...


Gooey Chocolate and Raspberry Cake

Regular readers – please don’t panic. I don’t intend for cake recipes to become a regular thing on this blog. But I’ve been asked by lots of people to share this particular one, so I thought I’d do that on here. And who knows, you might even enjoy it yourselves 🙂 I have made this cake a number of times, and it’s failed...


Saying Goodbye

So, yesterday, I had my leaving do. I cried. I knew I would, but I managed to do it when ALL eyes were on me – during my “speech”. Awesome. I say “speech”, because it was terrible. In the face of people I love, admire, like or even just tolerate, my usual communication skills completely abandoned me, and I didn’t manage to say...


Moving on

Change is hard. Scary. Exciting. Almost always worthwhile. But hard. My mum tells the story like this. We were wandering around Dublin city centre when I was five or six, and as we passed the gates of Trinity College, I asked what was inside. Mum explained that it was a ‘big school for very clever people’. I declared, “I’m going to go to...


Guitars

For someone who doesn’t actually play guitar, the instrument seems to play a rather important role in my life. I am lucky enough to live with three particularly handsome guitars, along with an even more handsome player-of-guitars 🙂 And I just love them. How they look. How they sound (when played properly). And, at the risk of sounding a bit...


Science and the #hashtag

So, you may know that I do a little bit of freelance science writing bits for the lovely team at Materials Today. I’ve writing articles on aerographite, graphene and thermoelectrics…. and I’ve loved writing every word. VERY excitingly, just before Christmas, Stewart Bland the editor approached me to write a piece on the interaction between...


TEDx virgin no more!

I am a big fan of TED. I love listening to many voices, speak about different topics, with real passion and drive. So many TED talks have left me feeling awed, sad, excited, curious… But always, always inspired. So when I was asked to speak at a TEDx event to be held at Sir William Perkins School in Chertsey I should have just leaped at the chance. To stand...