Archive | June 2010

If I Can Dream

Sadly the dream is over. Despite my “Last Throw” video, I was unable to stop the Ginger Ninja , Prof. Stephen Curry of Imperial College from prevailing over the Imaging Zone in I’m A Scientist. One twitter respondent described our deathmatch battle as being like Borg v McEnroe, which I took to be a complement either way. Another quipped “more like Borg v Picard”. I certainly did feel that resistance was futile at times.

Prof Stephen Curry, Imperial College: Resistance is Futile Read More…

The Last Throw

Amazingly, I got through to the last two in I’m A Scientist, and I am not giving up now.

I was almost certain I was going to be eliminated at 3.30 today, but incredibly I managed to pip Meeks at the post, meaning that I got through to the final round of IAS, with only (!) Prof. Stephen Curry – the Ginger Ninja of Structural Biology. Stephen launched his final onslaught earlier in the week with a cheesy video, loved by the students – how on earth could I respond? Well, I pulled out all the stops, and managed to put this video together it’s for the students in the Imaging zone, and it explains why YOU SHOULD VOTE TOM, TOMORROW. Vote Tom, and “Scan Your Teacher will be a reality”!

You Tube version (low bandwidth) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGozMBestkA

Posterous native version (if you can’t get YouTube) below

ImAScientistLastThrow.avi
Watch on Posterous

When they said I’m A Scientist was about “engagement” I had no idea…

A couple more I’m A Scientist live chats toward the end of the week, and a lot more questions. Although the chats are not the best way to get information across they are certainly entertaining, engaging and, in the best cases, mind-boilingly exhilarating. Read More…

On the feasibility of a zombie apocalypse, and other questions.

So three days into I’m A Scientist, and really this is the first chance I’ve had to write a blog about it, because I’ve been so busy answering questions. I estimate I’ve answered 150 -certainly it takes up three pages on the IAS website – you can see them here. The questions are almost all great – some I got right, some tempted me to go off-piste into topics I don’t know that much about, some made me reveal more about myself than I wanted to, and some were bizarre, but nearly all made me think.

Pretend

Me pretending to use my sexy new iPad to do I’m A Scientist – actually I use the laptop because I can type quicker. The picture is dark and grainy because it is late at night. That part is real. Read More…

Two trophies in one day!

Steven_berry_project_prize_small

I am rather proud as Steven Berry (pictured left) whose third-year project I supervised won a prize today. Read More…

Let Battle Commence!

On Tuesday I met with my fellow York-based “I’m A Scientists“, Jo Buckley (Radio York’s “Dr Jo” [7mins in] – she will be in the Nitrogen Zone), Louise Dash (from our Physics Department, she will be in the exciting-sounding Neon Zone) and Mark Fogg (from the York Structural Biology Lab, he will be in the Are We Too Clean Zone). We’re all excited and nervous about the contest which gets underway on Monday. Read More…

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,358 other followers