Category: social media

On Email

I attended the HEASTEM conference back in January and went to one talk provocatively suggesting that it was time to quit social media ‘cold turkey’.  It was one of the more tempting talk titles to be honest, and the presenter made a really valid point about distractions and social media. Rewind to late last year…

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The Reciprocal Space of Social Media

In a bit of end of semester navel gazing last week I was contemplating the usefulness or otherwise of blogging. The first website I ever ‘ran’ was back in 1997 and it’s creation coincided with having reliable access to a computer and the internet on starting university. While it is long gone (I do still…

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Variety in Chemistry Education 2012

You know it was a good conference when you’re still thinking about the stuff you saw over 2 weeks later! This year’s Variety in Chemistry Education conference was combined with Physics in Higher Education Conference, creating the oddly abbreviated ViCE/PHEC (pronunciations varied greatly). I particularly loved the decision on the part of the organisers to…

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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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The Scare Story Cycle

Every now and again certain scare stories raise their ugly heads and start breathing venomous fire over certain groups of people.  I’m sure someone has done a study somewhere that looks into it.   A few particularly persistent ones concern the use of online stuff like Facebook, Twitter, Blogs…etc etc etc ad naseum. Julia has a good take on…

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To blog about research or not?

I do not blog about my every day research.  This is for a number of reasons but mainly because my blog is not the appropriate forum for the dissemination of my research process or results.   I have students working on projects to generate preliminary data for grant applications, and working on their own projects.…

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Science Online London 2010

I was at Science Online London 2010 this weekend.  This is the third year I’ve been to this conference and it is amazing to see how it has evolved over the three years.  Year 1 it was very focussed on blogs, and there was a real sense of community about it.  Year 2 it was…

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Online Chemistry Resources

I’ve started a new page on this site: ‘Chemistry Online‘ (see bar above header image).  I’d like to compile a list that demonstrates the diversity of online chemistry resources.  I’ve started off with blogs, a couple of open science initiatives, the Periodic Table of Videos, and the 3 major publishing outlets for chemistry (Nature Chem,…

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