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About Me and My Blog

Hi and welcome to my blog!

My name’s Ian and I’m a PhD student, studying Genetics at the University of Liverpool, England. The reason I’ve set up this blog is because I’ve grown increasingly aware of the ‘gap’ between scientists and the public. The sterotypical view of scientists is that we’re people who do very clever things that non-scientists couldn’t hope to understand. Well, that needn’t be the case, in my opinion. If a piece of research is explained in the right way then at least the interesting crux of it can be understood by pretty much anyone.

What I’m trying to do here is promote science and some of its findings to a wider audience, to try and bridge that gap. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m not the only one doing this – the ‘Brian Cox Effect’ is one of the most high-profile examples of a scientist engaging the public interest – and there is a general realisation in academia that changes need to be made. However, younger scientists coming into research have an obligation to ensure this becomes second-nature in research groups, rather than a chore – more efforts need to be made, and this is mine.

What I talk about here won’t always be the ground-breaking ‘sexy science’ that sells newspapers but it’ll be important, it’ll be interesting and it’ll offer readers the chance to get an idea of some of the research that’s quietly going on and to understand what it involves. Science should be accessible to everyone. All it needs is for someone to root around inside it, throw away all of the boring technical parts and poke the interesting bits to see what they’re made of and what they do! With that in mind, stick around – hopefully something will catch your eye!

If you want to get updates when I publish new posts you can follow me on Twitter (@Science_Gremlin) or set up an RSS feed (click on the orange square in the top right corner).

 

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3 responses to “About Me and My Blog

  1. ekolog

    February 1, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    So that’s what you’ve been up to, using your massive screen!

     
  2. Jim Lew

    March 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    You are what I have been looking for. I graduated Grinnell College in 1970. I was surrounded by brilliant students, one of whom, Tom Cech (catalytic properties of RNA), won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. I was so intimidated by the well schooled peers around me that I changed to a non-science major. I now have a revived interest in science and spend my evenings researching cell biology. It started with researching resveratrol and by following things that kept showing up in my reading I got to the factor of autophagy in age related diseases. Acronyms like AMPK, and mTOR kept showing up so I am basically learning in reverse…starting with something I am interested in…hyperlinking down to basic concepts and working my way back up again.

    Thank goodness for the internet because this would not have been possible without visiting many libraries and stacking a massive number of books and journals on big tables to peruse. Your willingness to respond to the needs of the curious lay researcher is encouraging and invaluable. Thank you and I will stay tuned for more (ARM-anachronistic radio metaphor). Jim

     
    • Science Gremlin

      March 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      Thanks very much for the kind words, Jim! I’m glad that this is of some use to you – I agree, it can be really daunting being faced with a new topic and having to wade through all the technical details, trying to find something that makes sense! Thanks again for taking a look at my blog and best of luck with your resveratrol research and business!

       

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