Share and play nice with others

Share and play nice with others

Have you read the newspapers recently? If you have somehow avoided them, then you might not know that they are less than cheery about the future. As my vice-chancellor put it in his New Years missive “we are facing a challenging time ahead.”. A better translation in understandable English would be “Did you like money? …

Throw out all the things!

Throw out all the things!

I’ve been writing this column long enough now to have formed some traditions. And tradition dictates that my first column of the year is about resolutions, or plans for the year and what I hope to get out of it. But then 2016 happened… and now I think the best thing for all of us …

Dear Santa

Dear Santa

Dear Santa, I realise it’s been a while since I wrote to you. In fact if memory serves, the last time was in about 1987 when I scrawled “I want Nintendo” on some paper and threw it out of my bedroom window. Now that I think about it, you may have not got that. Well here …

How to label your samples,

How to label your samples,

I have a confession… During a recent internal health and safety (H&S) inspection I was given a minor warning over my lab. I pride myself on keeping our H&S up to date and running a bureaucratically-correct lab. But I failed, I let my lab down, I let myself down and worst of all, I let the …

Sharing is caring

Sharing is caring

Labs come in many shapes and sizes. In my first job there were just three of us. One who played golf, one experienced researcher and me, a fresh faced undergraduate. So at best, about 1.5 researchers worth of people. Now I work with a larger group that in total consists of around 20 researchers including professors and …

Important visitors, look busy!

Important visitors, look busy!

Be it academia or industry, if you work in a lab you will be used to the much feared e-mail titled “important visitors, set up demo”. This is the kind of e-mail that simultaneous means that work is about to grind to a halt and that your work load is about to double. ‘Important visitors’ …

Spinning click baiting in science

Spinning click baiting in science

My dad once told me that if I ever do anything that I care about or are really proud of then the only person responsible for telling people about it, is me. No one else is probably going to be as motivated as me about sharing something I think is amazing. And if I can’t get …