Science Badges Meme: Can you collect them all?

None of us really has anything better to do, do we? So why not follow Grrlscientist’s lead and find out which Science Scouts badges you have earned.


Here are mine. Click on the badges to see the full description of what I’m admitting to.

The “I use twitter to spread science” badge.
Yep, I twitter

The “I somehow convinced someone to part with a lot of money for science” badge (LEVEL I).
That’s $100 000, which is only about €3.65, isn’t it?

The “science deprives me of my bed” badge (LEVEL II).
A full week away from my bed? Several times, For Science. and that’s excluding conferences.

The “plant kingdom rules!” badge.
I used to work as a plant pathologist, so I fully agree. If there weren’t any plants, powdery mildews would be reduced to eating other stuff, like people.

The “non-explainer” badge (LEVEL II)
For “where the recipient can no longer explain what they do to other scientists generally”. You have to get this badge before you can get your PhD, don’t you?

The “I may look like a scientist, but I’m actually also a pirate” badge.
Well, I think I really need the The “I may look like a pirate, but I’m actually also a scientist” badge. But (strangely) they don’t have one.

The “I’ve eaten what I study” badge.
I mentioned above my past life as a plant pathologist. Well, the host species was (mainly) barley. This links to the next badge…

The “has done science whilst under the influence” badge.

The “world’s foremost expert on an obscure subject” badge.
I guess the effect of the moon on fish catches qualifies me. Especially the effect of the moon in the northern Baltic in summer, when it (a) doesn’t get dark, and (b) isn’t tidal.

The “statistical linear regression” badge.
’nuff said.

The “somewhat confused as to what scientific field I actually belong to” badge
I do my work in several fields. I’m not even sure a couple of them really exist.

The “I’m a scientist who is fundamentally opposed to administrative duties” badge.
Tip: live in a country with a language that is almost impossible for non-natives to learn.

The “I know what a tadpole is” badge.
Unfortunately, if I told you what it is, I would have to kill you.

The “I’ve done science with no conceivable practical application” badge.
See my PhD thesis.

The “pharma shill” badge.
A couple of years ago I went to a pharma company to discuss a possible project. I had to sign a contract to say that I wouldn’t disclose what we discussed for 10 years. So I can’t even tell you what we thought of the coffee.

The “I will crush you with my math prowess” badge.
As long as it doesn’t involve differential equations.

The “worship me – I’ve published in Nature or Science” badge.
Worship me? Dunno about that. Even Henry has managed to get something into Nature.

The “will gladly kick sexual harasser’s ass” badge.
Fortunately I have yet to do this.

The “I can be a prick when it comes to science” badge.
See my referee reports.

The “sexing up science” badge.
Mildew again. Don’t ask, please.

The “destroyer of quackery” badge.
My time at Uncommon Descent qualifies me, I think.

The “I blog about science” badge.
Urm.

The “talking science” badge.
Been there, done that. Restraining orders still in effect.
OK, folks. Now let’s see yours. If you’ve got a blog, put a post up there and link back. That way this page’s download time won’t exceed the heat death of the universe.

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11 Responses to Science Badges Meme: Can you collect them all?

  1. Cath Ennis says:

    The “I’ve eaten what I study” badge.
    I used to work on chicken embryo fibroblasts, and I’ve eaten lots of chicken… does that count?

  2. Bob O'Hara says:

    Have you eaten any eggs?

  3. Cath Ennis says:

    Yes, especially when mixed with butter, flour, and sugar

  4. Bob O'Hara says:

    So if you’ve worked on cows, wheat and been caned, you’ve got the full set!

  5. Craig Rowell says:

    Cath – Bob obviously was not following this thread. I hope to get my badge list up soon. I worked with fish, crayfish and sea urchins for a time and tasted them all!

  6. Cath Ennis says:

    But I’ve never studied beavers
    Does FBS count as cow?

  7. Bob O'Hara says:

    What are you implying about my fellow statisticians, eh?

  8. Bob O'Hara says:

    Pah! We’re normal, and we know it. We have tests, you know.

  9. Cath Ennis says:

    No, you’re just mean

  10. Bob O'Hara says:

    ‘skews me.