Category Archives: Life as a Physicist

I am not a smart man

On November 17, 2014

“I’m a physicist”… “Wow, you must be clever!” This is an interaction most physicists would admit to having at some point. Physics is difficult: everyone knows this. We take pride in it. Ours is the most difficult subject, the most worthy; we are the scientific elite. We are confident about our standing in academia. But […]

Ireland’s particle accelerators: Out of sight, out of mind

On September 26, 2014

I am the exception in my family: I’m a scientist. There have been many professions within my family but none in the sciences. Nevertheless, many of them are fascinated by science and it was my father’s enthrallment with the sciences that began my passion into the world of discovery. As a result, I am used […]

Is university structure anti-research?

On August 12, 2014

Last week, I suggested a collaboration between veterinary medicine and engineering. The graduate student in our School of Veterinary Medicine was interested in investigating how accurate the internet could be in tracking the progression of a disease. Meanwhile, the professor in Engineering was an expert in designing software that could extract trends from sources such […]

Physicist, 36, father of one

On May 27, 2014

More than 700,000 people do it every year, and more than 90% of those who do it are women. It costs those women between four and 27% of their salary, depending on how many times they do it. Taking a career break to care for your children can be a thankless task. I did it, […]

Grassroots initiatives are trying to improve gender balance at conferences

On April 30, 2014

The leaky pipeline that leaves women underrepresented in research is undisputed, with numerous studies highlighting the lower numbers of women working in certain fields. And statistics of conference speakers reveals another layer of inequality, where women are often underrepresented after gender imbalances in the field are accounted for, particularly in the case of invited speakers. […]