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 […]

EU science chief: msg to academics and policymakers

CaSE  held its annual lecture last night with a most prominent speaker: the EU Chief Scientific Adviser to President J.M. Barroso. In addition to an invigorating talk about European scientific excellence and her role in promoting it, Prof Anne Glover had clear messages to the scientific and policymaking communities. Science in part of our CULTURE. […]

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 […]

“Impostors” Downshift Career Goals

A very interesting study was recently highlighted in the Science magazine’s careers section. It is about gender and science (once again), but from a slightly different perspective than usual. This time the research digs into the numbers behind (and effects of) impostorism. In this ‘condition’ one feels like an ‘imposter’, thinking that one’s achievements are […]

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 […]