Author Archives: nicgaston

Why Science is Sexist

I haven’t written anything here for quite a while. But I have been writing. I’ve been writing about unconscious bias, and how the way in which we see ourselves affects not only our feelings, but our actions. I’ve been writing … Continue reading

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Not about Tim Hunt

I had dinner with a couple of lovely colleagues last night, and one of them gave me a little grief (in the nicest way possible) about how long it’s been since I’ve posted anything here. There are reasons for this: … Continue reading

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Sexism in Science is Dead! Long live Sexism in Science!

I’ve been on holiday this week. So when an email came through from a friend, pointing me to the CNN report on this paper, I read the title and scanned the first couple of paragraphs, and filed it away for … Continue reading

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Talent, Hard Work, and the Economist; audiences, commenters, and the importance of ‘feelings’

A few months ago, I was chatting to a colleague about the course I was in the middle of teaching – playing the usual game of trying to judge from student assignments how well I was getting the material across. … Continue reading

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Shirty stuff

It has been very weird watching the #shirtstorm break on twitter in the last few days. It started before 6 am on Thursday morning, while I was still in bed, watching conversations about the ESA comet landing. By Friday, the … Continue reading

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Nobel men: time for a no bull policy?

It has been interesting, watching the Nobel Prizes – specifically in Chemistry and Physics, but also in Medicine – being announced over the last few days. The most thought-provoking thing has been seeing people discuss possibilities on twitter, and their … Continue reading

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I know I am, but what are you?*

Something interesting happened to me yesterday. Interesting enough to occupy my thoughts for the 40 minutes it took me to walk back to my hotel, despite a gorgeous view of the Andes in the the setting sun, which should have … Continue reading

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Affirmative action: good enough for the gander

I’ve been thinking a lot about mentoring lately.  In part, this is because of a recent interview with Sunday Magazine, in which I was explicitly asked for examples to counter the perception that women are less likely to mentor other women: the … Continue reading

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‘that stupid sciam blog’ and why it matters

It seems that months can now go by without me finding the time to update this blog; perhaps this is not so surprising, as the facts aren’t changing at any great rate.  I was pretty clear when I started writing … Continue reading

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Sausagefests: the Academy vs the Community

I’ve been holding off on writing this post for a while.  It seemed impossible to do without including an element of personal experience, and when I started this blog I was very clear that it wasn’t about me.  On the … Continue reading

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