Atomic Manipulation @ Bath

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Topic: Ramblings


📥  Ramblings, Teaching

Today was the third running of the (somewhat) annual event "Pizza+Posters+Staff+Students". I had managed to get 12 members of staff to produce posters and present their work. The Head of the Department bought pizzas and we had a great turnout of hungry and inquisitive students. Thanks to all for making this event a success.


Penguin Tossing

📥  Ramblings

Some attempts to toss a penguin over an ancient, ~ 4000 years old, Standing Stone of Stenness (Link). Well when you're in Orkney one really should try new things.


Gender imbalance in science


📥  Athena SWAN, Ramblings

Have a look at this short film.


It's crazy to think there is still great gender imbalance (a very polite term) in science in 2013.  But there is. Edinburgh Chemistry are and have done great things to address key issues. Here at Bath the University is trying a few things. Here in Physics at Bath we're aiming to change things at the Departmental level to not only make the Department a better place for female physicists to work, but for all physicists to work. To this end we are about to apply for a Bronze Athena SWAN award (the, we're a bit rubbish (as is everyone else) but at least we know it and we're making plans, level). We'll soon be finishing our first draft of our application that includes al our hard statistics, but here, for you, is our Bath Physics leaky pipeline. I hope it'll look better in the future.




BBC News - Carry on camping - can a week under canvas reset our body clocks?


📥  Ramblings

BBC News - Carry on camping - can a week under canvas reset our body clocks?.

Well I think I kind of knew this. The last time I had a week or more camping was before going to Polanyi's lab in Canada (and also just before getting married).  I found that it took about a week to get into the camping groove and forget about home worries, also about a week to relax and just enjoy the walking, (minimal) chatting and walking.

NB: My tent's a Terra Nova (not pictured)