Reading the Twitter feeds, it seems that a number of scientists participating in I’m A Scientist, Get me Out of Here have struggled with their profiles. It’s one thing to design an elegant experiment or write a smart paper – but describing yourself in three words or telling a joke that’s actually funny isn’t something most PhD’s prepare you for!
However, the participants have risen to the challenge admirably, and most profiles are up now – just in time for the web site going live to teachers.
Browsing through the profiles, there are some pretty smart and interesting people here – the competition’s going to be tough! Here are just a few entries that caught my eye:
Zoe Duck (Neon Zone) studies “the surface of the bacterium that causes bubonic plague” which is rather novel. I also see that her answer to “Tell us a joke” is “Manchester City” – hope she doesn’t have any Mancunian students!
Sian Foch-Gatrell (Magnesium Zone) epitomizes the quality of the jokes in these profiles: “Q: What is the fastest way to determine the sex of a chromosome? A: Pull down its genes.” Ouch! But if you want a good source of corny science jokes, this is definitely the place to come!
Paula Salgado (Aluminium Zone) has a great pictorial account of her typical day. She also has a great idea for how she would spend the £500 if she won – “Meet the scientist” – Scientific speed networking.
Andrew Leitch (Silicon Zone) has what must be the most outrageous suggestion for how he would spend the prize money: “I think it’s about time I had an oil-painting of myself to hang in the office…” As you can guess, this is a rather cheeky response and his serious plans are very different!
Sarah Burl (Clean Zone) is one of the handful of scientists participating who isn’t based in the UK – she is in The Gambia. She also has a rather novel answer to “What’s the best thing you’ve done as a scientist?” – “Cloned a sheep!”
Browsing through the profiles of 100 scientists in 20 zones, this is going to be some event! You can check them all out by visiting the zones from the I’m A Scientist Home Page – the above is little more than a taster!
I’m A Scientist runs on-line from June 14 – June 25
Update 6/21/10 – corrected Michaela’s “Favorite Thing” above!