By Caroline Wood, University of Sheffield
It’s a bit ironic really that my PhD topic ended up being the parasitic plant Striga gesnerioides. This notorious weed cannot survive without a host, so as soon as it germinates it attaches itself to the roots of a susceptible victim. A plant rather similar, then, to the mental illness I have been struggling with for over six years now.
Continue reading A battle on two fronts – coping with a PhD in the midst of mental illness
Hannah Sutcliffe, University of Edinburgh,
When the chance to apply for a policy internship at the UK Parliament arose, I jumped at the opportunity to find out more about how scientific evidence is used by policy makers.
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By Amanda Marie James, Emory University, USA
‘Diversity’ is a buzzword. It is used in every facet of our life both professionally and personally, but what does it really mean? And an even better question: Is it important to science?
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By Cassandra Terry, Jessica Sells, Elizabeth Sawyer & Claire Sarell from University College London
To coincide with the 2016 Olympics still being fresh in many children’s memories, we designed an activity called ‘Dirty Dopers, cheating or competing?’ which focused on the biochemistry behind performance enhancing drugs in sport. Continue reading Dirty Dopers, cheating or competing?