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Perform or perish? Guilty confessions of a YouTube physicist

On August 9, 2013

This week is YouTube’s Geek Week so it seems a particularly (in)opportune moment to come clean about some niggling doubts I’ve been having of late about physics education/edutainment on the web. Before I get started – and just to reassure you that these are not the bitter ramblings of a dusty old academic who, like […]

Why physicists need to get on Twitter

On June 26, 2013

Physicists, are you on Twitter? If not, it might not just be you missing out. The case for scientists to join the community of 200 million active Twitter users is strong. By tweeting, you can publicise your research among your peers, make contacts, gain mentors, become a role model, find jobs, improve your communication skills, […]

Compliments, sexism and careers in science

On June 10, 2013

Imagine this situation: you’ve been invited to a school to talk about science. By chance, you and your helper are both female. You give your presentation, doing your best to portray the wonder and challenge of life as a scientist, and when you’re finished the teacher invites the assembled students to thank “these lovely ladies”. […]

What can you do with a soapbox?

On May 17, 2013

There is no doubt that outreach is important, including getting into schools, science festivals, print, or whatever form you feel best qualified to offer.  But one variant of outreach I’ve experienced consists, literally, of getting on a soapbox, and a pretty unnerving experience it is too. It comes with some interesting possibilities — as well as a […]