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”!

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

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.


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. Continue reading “On the feasibility of a zombie apocalypse, and other questions.”

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. Continue reading “Let Battle Commence!”

Slightly Gruesome Picture for I’m A Scientist

It’s a nice image based on an MRI scan of my head, with a section cut away to reveal the brain, but maybe slightly off-putting for the squeamish?


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Red Cabbage

Yesterday I got the information pack for I Am A Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here

I got my #IAS2010 Scientist Pack - exciting. on Twitpic

The pack has information about how to login to the IAS website, which
will go live next week. Each scientist is asked to create a profile, a
bit like a celebrity profile in Hello or Smash Hits (a pop magazine
from my school days).


Suddenly the innocuous questions they put to celebs seem scarily
penetrating and revealing – what is my favourite thing? what is the
most fun thing I’ve every done? It’d better be fun, or else I’ll sound
very boring, won’t I? Continue reading “Red Cabbage”