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2016: a year that… ?>

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…

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Spring Cleaning

Well spring is sprung, the clocks are forward and 6am no longer feels like an unworldly time to get up. I’m back from holiday and spent  (a not inconsiderable amount of) time learning the correct usage of the word ‘offing‘. These are the things you do when getting soaked and wind blown somewhere on the Isle of Skye. The archive of this blog stretches back to June 2009, and the hidden archive (from Endless Possibilities v2.0 and 1.0 stretches back…

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The slippery slope

When we were packing up all of our boxes for a recent outreach activity (the Keele Community Day), we were discussing what the first outreach activity we had ever done was. Unsurprisingly, Richard and I did the same event: a Chemistry Cluedo event as part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Start-Up Science Master Classes.  We were in fourth year of our undergrads at St Andrews University and I’m pretty sure that our soon-to-be PhD supervisor, Russell Morris, dragged us…

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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 catalysis research. The link contains details for bookings. July 9th, Keele University, ChemNet Day. http://www.rsc.org/ConferencesAndEvents/conference/alldetails.cfm?evid=113261 We’ll be tackling the analysis of the Victorian Pharmacy at the…

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Slime Time!

Sunday 2nd of June was the Keele Community Day and we were on Science is Fun duty! This year we went for a hands-on activity and a demonstration. We did a demonstration of Elephant’s Toothpaste, also known as the catalysed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide with a bit of dish soap for maximum bubble production. It wasn’t the glow-in-the-dark version I perfected for my demo lecture a few weeks ago because we were outside and had limited washing up facilities, but it was…

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Chemistry At Work in Stoke-on-Trent ?>

Chemistry At Work in Stoke-on-Trent

In mid-December I was fortunate enough to head to the Potteries Museum in Hanley (Stoke-On-Trent, UK) for a Chemistry at Work day organised as a collaboration between the museum and council folks, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. I was down to do an activity and spent ages wracking my brain for something winter suitable but not specifically Christmas. It’s a bit of a challenge coming up with something suitably hands-on that lasts 20 minutes, can be packed into a…

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Caption Contest ?>

Caption Contest

While I attempt to ease myself back into blogging, here’s a photo from a recent holiday. This sheep seems to be talking to us. Captions?

Was it a seance? ?>

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 as the President of the Circle, took place in London in early November.” From ‘St Andrews in the News’ November 2011, University of St Andrews…

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In which I am in favour of a broad science education… ?>

In which I am in favour of a broad science education…

…alternatively titled ‘dude I learned something useful in high school physics’ or ‘how I spent £2.30 to save £100’. I broke our TV by cleaning it.  Unexpected, I know, to break something simply by picking it up, gently removing the dust on it and on the DVR, and putting it back down.  But I broke it and when I turned it on, no signal was available.   To those of you who know me, the TV was a relatively new technological intervention in…

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Graduating Grand Graduates ?>

Graduating Grand Graduates

This week it will be 10 years since I graduated from the University of St Andrews with a Master in Chemistry degree.  Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?  It is also 6 years since I graduated in absentia from the University of St Andrews with a PhD in chemistry.  As I was a postdoc overseas in 2005, I didn’t want to fly back to the UK just to wear a gown and prance around on stage.  In any case,…

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