Grit and the ‘right place’ for you

Inspired by the UCL Women’s alternative book club, I post here a link to the TED talk by Angela Lee Duckworth titled The key to success? Grit. This talk resonated with me on various levels, personal, professional, academic and as a parent. I also had the opportunity to have a good chat with my old […]

Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?

I stayed in the course. Week after week, I struggled to do my problem sets, until they no longer seemed impenetrable. The deeper I now tunnel into my four-inch-thick freshman physics textbook, the more equations I find festooned with comet-like exclamation points and theorems whose beauty I noted with exploding novas of hot-pink asterisks. The […]

Early Career Reflections: Perseverance

Let’s start by modifying the title. Early Career Reflections: Perseverance. This affects everyone, and it’s nonsense to pretend it’s just a pre- or post-doc issue, or an early tenure question of faith. Perseverance is something that one usually comes across LATEST during the PhD, but should realise, if choosing academia, it is probably going to remain […]

Academic reference inflation

I think I may just have been very lucky, in case I managed to secure my future job by being the only reference they needed (in addition to a rather lengthy academic CV, meetings and an interview).. For all the effort and ink, what, as readers of references, do we hope to find? Only this: […]

Me myself and I: story of reconciliation

Dear Diary, I feel like a 15-year old girl. Is that a bad thing? Perhaps not. Better that than a disheartened, cynical 33 year old scientist.. which I am not! Well, at least not all of it. What weird experiences I have had recently. Still looking for that golden goose of a job, although am […]