It’s finally time to welcome another inspiring scientist onto the blog! I’m very excited to introduce you to Martijn from @stories.of.a.scientist 👋🏼
Martijn is a scientist who’s recently finished his PhD (congrats!) with a passion for science communication. In fact, he’s even won an award as a science communicator for his vlog ‘OMGitsScience’! 🎥 Pretty cool right?
Check out the interview on my blog - link in bio 🔗
You may already know that this is a very typical meal for me. However, it’s a meal that I will be avoiding next week because I will only be spending $45 on food for the week as part of a class assignment. That’s $6.43 per day. I will take a short break from enjoying some of my favorite food brands that are pictured here. I think I will even switch to bananas and oranges for fruit for their low cost and high nutrient content.
#TestimonioThursdays UCLA has approximately 6742 parenting students. Can you guess how many changing stations we have on campus?? I’ve only seen 1 and a couch inside a lactation room that I guess also counts. Sharing this mama’s sentiment: it’s like they don’t want us here! If you know of any changing stations around campus, please let us know! We would love to make that information available to other parenting students.
DAY 295 | ENRIC
France - B. 🇫🇷
My day was most globally identical to yesterday. I pursue the lipid analysis and make column for lipid group break up for the 25 last samples. The first step of this huge analysis is now done. I have to continue with step 2 tomorrow and most probably next week to have everything ready before the beginning of the 2nd round of our 24h experiment. Regarding the latter, I had a phone call with my boss (who is absent due to meeting in the south). We decided together what will be the best way to do the next ENRIC24 (the nickname of this series of experiment). Etoc will be the species used this time. Even if we may not have enough gas to do the whole process we will start like the previous one hoping to stay alive for 24h. If we are lucky we will be able to do so! But until then, tomorrow I have a new appointment with my team. We will choose the day and night team and I will be in charge of explaining what we will do next Thursday. Strangely, I have to admit I’m quite excited to be honest. The last one worked so well that I’m ready to put aside my tiredness and produce (hopefully) strong dataset! Time to scheduled, named and prepared this next deadline! K, my intern is already on it, that’s why I’m happy to have her. Super dynamic and wilful! It helps a lot.
The human brain is tantalizingly mysterious and complex - or as Emerson Pugh put it 'If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.'
Therefore, we divide the task into smaller questions instead of exploring the brain as one big puzzle.
During my PhD I’ve been focusing on one specific type of receptor that is involved in the communication between two neurons.
Rather than working on real brains we use cells that can be kept alive in petri-dishes and equip these cells with the genetic material that serves them as a blueprint to build these receptors.
This lets us study the receptors in a much simpler environment and allows us to explore the very fundamental details of how the brain works before we combine these details into the context of much larger questions.
One of the ways that we are able to stay on top of our reading assignments is by using the audible app. As single mothers, we are always running around, taking our kids to their various sporting events, and maintaining our homes. Sometimes there simply isn’t enough hours in a day! This semester several of the required texts can be found on #audible ! Thank God for technology! #multitasking at its best! You have to be creative! #phdstudent#phdjourney#liveyourbestlife#blessed
I work as a substitute teacher most days when I don’t have class. I find it to be very rewarding. I enjoy teaching, and I love my students. When I decided to pursue my doctorate degree, I had to change careers. It was a leap of faith! Looking back, I know that it was the best decision! I’m living my best life! I have never been happier! #noregrets#phdjourney#phdstudent#leapoffaith#blessed
3 years of battling #impostersyndrome later and I just hit Submit on my very first manuscript ever!! Very excited about the findings and the impact it can have on practitioners (talking about you, #slpeeps 🤓). Cheers to hard work, perseverance, and a hell of a lotta personal growth throughout this project. Now onto the next manuscript! Thanks @hb_creativesolutions for my print 😘
Last year we attended this conference and had a wonderful time. To be in a space with your peers who are striving to attain the same goal was very motivating, encouraging and uplifting. We highly recommend anyone that is interested in earning a Ph.D. , or is who is currently in a doctorate program to attend. It appears that all of the details haven’t been finalized yet but if you follow them on IG, Or Facebook, they will post more information as the event gets closer! Inbox us if you have any questions we would love to share our experience with you! Have a great day!
Working on a presentation for Tx. Ch. of the Wildlife Society meeting and came across some trail cam pics. Reminds me that even when I was working my butt off during my field seasons my dad was there to help whenever he could. Sometimes you need a little reminder how you got where you are so you can push through to the end. #phdstudent#1dad#fieldwork#wildlifemanagement
This beautiful stained Bougainvillia is the first of many plankton I'm identifying with my lab mates. This genus may look like a jelly, but it's a relative called a hydrozoan. They are active hunters and not pink with swimming freely in the ocean. The pink stain adheres to proteins and allows us to better see them under the microscope. Photo taken January 2018.
Und wieder 2 Tage Fortbildung vorbei..Dieses Mal vom Graduierteninstitut NRW ausgerichtet zum Thema Personalführung. Ich habe zwar aktuell niemanden zu führen, aber spannend und bereichernd war es trotzdem 😊
Abgesehen von der nervigen Rückfahrt gab's nette Teilnehmer, mit Antje Mein eine super Seminarleitung und abends tolles Sushi 😍
Wenn man meinen Kalender nun so anschaut kommt da auch noch einiges, dieses Jahr. Bin schon gespannt, wie es meine berufliche Entwicklung als (Nicht-)Wissenschaftler beeinflussen wird
And the five day protocol comes to an end! The first of many replicates 😭🔬
This was my first attempt at immuno-labelling my explanted lens cells with BrdU, a marker for proliferation 👁👀
Mounting everything on slides for microscopic analysis at the end was the best part. After being so careful with these plates all week, it was definitely nice to break them a little 😂🔧
Playing hide-and-seek in plant sciences! Global warming threatens plants adapted to cooler temperatures and small local habitats that are significantly cooler than the surroundings can therefore be a perfect place to hide for these plants. Researchers from Stockholm University, Marseille and Helsinki have now found out where these plants prefer to hide, i.e. deep shady gorges, dense old forests or places close to water.
Photo credit: Lina Widenfalk (1,2) and Caroline Greiser (3).
Super excited, i smashed my targets for 2017 🙏💪🏽😎. And did even more; got my first manuscript accepted for publication and presented at a couple of conferences. 👩🏽💻 etc. I was soooo super scared to review the year that past, as i had been having panic attacks at how slow my pace had been etc. Super chuffed 😁 heheheh, extremely thankful, work hard but pray harder. #alhamdulillah#toamoreproductiveyear#phdhustle#phdstudent#2ndyearphd#phddiaries#phdjourney
So... my afternoon turned out quite a lot busier than I had anticipated, with a handful of new jobs to add to my already metre-long to do list. Doesn’t help that I’ve worked almost 11 days straight. Feeling a little run down and overwhelmed! 🧐 #phdlife#phd#phdstudent