Outward reaching

“Outreach” and “public engagement” are buzzwords that float around our department like gulls by Brighton pier. The concept is fairly simple; we are expected, as researchers, to try to engage a wider audience with the work that we do; to raise the public profile of academic research and show how important it is for improving the lives of people around the world.

The tricky bits are trying to pull it off in a successful way, and finding any time whatsoever to do it!

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Word Explainer

Science, and the scientific method, can apply to myriad situations that many don’t often appreciate. In this case there is a nice example of why you should be careful of blindly following readability metrics when writing… A problem which Herman Melville thankfully didn’t have to worry about!

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One of the hardest things to master as a writer is the appropriate use of vocabulary to get ones point across effectively and engagingly to the target audience. So, as an author, what happens when your word processor pops up and says that your words are too complicated?

Well, what does a mere computation device know about words?

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Graphene salad

Our latest research paper was published this week, and it seems to be picking up attention from the media here in the UK. So far since Tuesday I’ve done a prerecorded radio interview, two broadcast recordings, a web news recording, and answered more emails asking for quotes and information than I can count. The articles we’re seeing pop up focus very heavily on the real-world applications of our new developments, so I thought I’d write something of an explainer on the underlying science (for those interested!)

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The Annals of Time

What’s inside the Mystery Box?

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In the news this week…

Since my last post a lot (and I mean a lot) has happened for me. Continue reading

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You Spin Me…

This last week I was asked to give a hand in the lab with another project producing dry-spun carbon nanotube fibres. This is really cool! So I thought I’d show you! 😀 Continue reading

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Wrapping Up: MRS Fall Meeting 2014

It was a rather chilly end to conference week in Boston back in December, but what a week it was! It was quite enlightening to see and hear what is happening in the broader materials research community, and to show off what I’ve been doing as well. Continue reading

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Good Morning Boston

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I’m here in (surprisingly) sunny Boston this week for the Materials Research Society’s Fall Meeting. Continue reading

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December 1, 2014 · 12:42 pm

Inside(r) Science

A week or two back our lab had a visit from a couple of chaps from the BBC. They were interested in doing some recording about our group’s recently published collaboration with Trinity College Dublin on graphene-infused rubber in the journal ACS Nano. Continue reading

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Close but no cigar…

“And the survey says…”

It has been one week (almost to the hour as I type this!) since my confirmation exam, and I’d like to (melodramatically) describe the experience through the medium of internet memes.

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