The Eisenthal prize is awarded to the top ranked student report submitted after the completion of one of the Society’s Summer Vacation Studentships. This years winner, Rachel Lau, writes about her experiences over the summer vacation. You can find out more about the Eisenthal prize and read Rachel’s report here. You can apply for a 2017 Summer Vacation Studentship here.
Dr. Carla Brown & Siam Colvine at the Antibiotic Apocalypse Film Premiere
It’s a typical Friday evening and I’m having dinner with two of my closest friends.
Me: “Have you guys seen the news this week? They have found bacteria that are resistant to our LAST RESORT antibiotic.” Friends: “Oh really? Wow.” They go back to eating and the conversation moves on.
Now as the only microbiologist in my social circle, I am fairly used to this level of apathy towards the issue of antibiotic resistance. As this problem can rarely be seen physically, the multitude of scary statistics and apocalyptic stories released by the media have little impact on the wider public. So how do we begin to make this problem visible when it is caused by microscopic organisms? Furthermore, how can we make people relate to something that, abiding by the laws of human vision, is pretty much invisible? Continue reading →
By Matthew Kemp, Co-president, Cambridge Hands-On Science
6500 excitable children and 80 equally excitable demonstrators at 35 explosive events over 7 action-packed weeks, with one van full of experiments. This is the CHaOS Summer Science Roadshow 2016!
Cambridge Hands-On Science (or the apt acronym CHaOS) is a student-run voluntary organisation based in the University of Cambridge that aims to show that science can be fun, relevant and easily understood through a plethora of experiments and interactive experiences. Continue reading →
By Daniela Lobo, PhD Student, University of Warwick
Shortly after I started my PhD, someone told me that I would be able to explain my project to any audience if I could explain it to a 13-year-old. Children can act very similarly to scientists – they are often curious, stubborn and inquisitive. Children ask you the awkward questions. Children won’t easily drop the “why?” until things make sense to them.
I am based in the Biophysical Chemistry group at the University of Warwick – among other things, we are interested on the chemical and optical properties of a virus and how to design and modify it to explore certain cardiovascular phenomena or how to use it as a new platform for pathogen detection. Sometimes I find it difficult to explain my project to other scientists and I often find it necessary to draw or move my hands around to do so – explaining it to a child via a computer could prove to be an extremely difficult task for me. Continue reading →
By Lorna Libreri, Principal Teacher of Science, Breadalbane Academy
Breadalbane Academy is a combined junior and senior school (age 3-18 years) in Perth and Kinross. In November 2015, our school ran its first Gopher Science Lab. These events empower pupils to experience teaching as part of their own learning process. Through Gopher Science Labs secondary school teachers guide their 1st year (S1) pupils (age 12-13 years) and show them how to safely demonstrate, teach and explain a range of practical activities to pupils in the final year of primary school (P7 – age 11-12 years) as part of a transition programme.
We started by inviting all of our feeder primary schools. We are in a rural location and our catchment is geographically large. In total, 65 P7 pupils attended from the Royal School of Dunkeld, Kenmore Primary School, Breadalbane Primary School and Glenlyon Primary School, as well as additional primary pupils from Logierait and Bankfoot. Continue reading →