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Recommended Reading (Teaching) #FF

A bloggy follow Friday of sorts. Education in Chemistry have started a blog, with several posts by Michael Seery. Well worth a look for anyone interested in education as the content is translatable beyond Chemistry. And if that isn’t enough Michel Seery for you, I recommend his blog ‘Is This Going To Be On The…

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A Chemical Imbalance

Prof. Polly Arnold, with funding from the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and some extremely talented film makers and an author has produced a short documentary film celebrating female scientists and pointing out some alarming statistics relating to chemistry academics. The film is produced from the perspective of academia and does not seek to address wider…

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Upcoming Outreach Events

June and July are busy! Now we’ve done the Keele Community Day, we’ve got three more events coming up! June 16th, Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern. http://www.threecounties.co.uk/threecounties/ We’ll be in the discover zone, making slime and elephant’s toothpaste! June 26th, RAF Cosford, Chemistry at Work Day. http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/Cosford/Educational-visits/Chemistry_event2013.pdf We’ll be running an activity on catalysts, linking into our…

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Was it a seance?

“Launch of the Chancellor’s Circle The Circle has been established to recognise the generosity of alumni and friends who have remembered the University of St Andrews in their will. All members of the Circle will receive donor communications and an invitation to special Chancellor’s Circle events. The launch, presided over by Chancellor Sir Menzies Campbell…

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Random Search Terms

Like most bloggers, I have a passing interest in the random search terms that people use on Google (other search engines are available) to find my site.  And also, like most bloggers, some of those terms may be described as bizarre and completely unrelated to anything that I actually write about. Firstly, do I know…

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Food – Foreign and Domestic

While I was  pondering by tweet what to blog about, one of our local food shops (@brown_and_green) came up with the suggestion of blogging about my favourite food.  I like a lot of food, so it could be a long post. Actually I just like one kind of food – decent, seasonal, preferably regional produce.   Frankly…

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Thackray Museum, Leeds

Last weekend we were over in Leeds and we visited the Thackray Museum.  As day outs go, this was pretty good and was well worth the modest entrance fee (which allows you repeat visits for a year, just in case you missed something).  The Thackray Museum is about the history of medicine and is attached…

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Research vs Teaching Lectures

I was at a rather nice seminar the other night and as I was listening (and understanding a fair bit for once!), it did occur to me that much of each slide was probably obscure to those outwith the direct field.  Perhaps I only noticed because I’d spent most of the day on some lecture…

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2010 in Review

I really want to write a review of the year post.  I know it is a bit…well…blah…but I don’t care! After staggering back from the pub on campus in the early hours of 2010, the year got off to a conventional start with exam marking and lecture prep for 15 brand new (to me) lectures…

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