2016: a year that…

was filled with conferences. January brought HEA STEM, June was Horizons in STEM Education and August was Variety in Chemistry Education. I presented on my infographics assignment at HEA STEM, and on international group work as poster at ViCE and oral presentation at Horizons.  I also presented a few times at Keele, in January at the annual learning and teaching day (diagnostic tests and chemophobia), and October as part of the Keele Sustainability Research Network Seminar series on our Sustainable Chemistry module. There was also the RSC Outreach Conference.

involved some publishing, including an Education in Chemistry article on Chemical Language, and a blog post on lecture capture. I also joined the editorial board of EiC and as part of the lovely new website, you can see my profile (with links to the aforementioned writing)  here.

involved reading a lot. I signed up to Good Reads in January 2016 because I was curious to know how many books I read in a year. I set the Good Reads Challenge for 2016 to 52 books, hypothesising that one a week was a reasonable rate of reading. I read 122 books. There were a handful of  novellas (less than 100 pages) but that was balanced by a few epics including some of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books (that regularly clock in over 700 pages).  The average length was 300 pages. There was a fairly hefty list of light reading interspersed with new releases and books of more ‘literary merit’.  A few highlights :

– the last few books of the Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer

– eleanor and park, Rainbow Rowell

– All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders

– The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

– The Mirror World of Melody Black, Gavin Extence

– 600 Hours of Edward, Craig Lancaster

– Before the Fall, Noah Hawley

– Redemption by Will Jordan

– The Witches of Cambridge, Menna van Praag

And authors Audrey Faye, Debora Geary, and Juliette Harper who I tend to binge read when I find a series that I love. My reading habit is aided and abetted by KindleFirst and KindleUnlimited. I read very few dead tree books, the notable and deliberate exception being books of short stories when travelling. I like reading short stories in any old order and my old Kindle doesn’t facilitate that well.

involved travel within the UK including Leicester, Nottingham, Southampton,  London (a lot), Newcastle-upon-Tyne for work related stuff. Edinburgh, Stornoway, Portree, Grasmere, St Andrews, and a few places in between!

And lots more! Goals for 2017 involve more writing, fewer conferences and learning to crochet! And probably a lot of reading.

 

 

 

 

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