Author Archives: Austin

About Austin

Middle-aged grouchy white male. Hair greying but hasn't all fallen out yet. Spreading waistline ill-concealed by baggy jumper.Semi-extinguished physiology researcher turned teacher. Known for never shutting up. Father of two children (aged 6 and 2) who try to out-talk him. Some would call that Karmic Revenge.

More about Everest pioneer Griff Pugh

I’ve got a piece out today over at The Conversation about Griffith Pugh, who I mentioned a couple of days ago. I won’t post it here in full, I think. There weren’t enough edits to make it worth posting a … Continue reading

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Two more days to vote for the unsung hero of Everest

  A couple of days ago the June e-Newsletter from the Physiological Society dropped into my inbox. Among other stuff it contained this:   ———————————————————————————- Biography of exercise physiology pioneer in the running for British Sports Book PrizeĀ  Griffith Pugh … Continue reading

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Yes, chess. Look away now.

In which I revisit my youth as a chess-playing dweeb. Sort of. Contrary to an earlier threat, I haven’t posted much here about my chess-playing activities over the last year and a bit. Partly this is because these days chess … Continue reading

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IUPS Part 2

Now that IUPS 2013 has concluded successfully, I thought I should add a few of my conference thoughts, other than those mentioned in the earlier post.   As I am a lazy so-and-so, and I can’t muster too much thinking … Continue reading

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Too Many Tweets Make A… Historical Record?

In which we debate the historical usefulness of hashtags, especially in connection with scientific conferences like IUPS 2013. I occasionally get asked, within my University and even beyond it, to pose as some kind of social media expert. Which I’m … Continue reading

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Shame. Or should that be ‘Postdocalypse’?

Not IUPS-related tonight – but something that should concern the people there – should concern *us*. Especially the people WITH senior positions. Scientific research has a lot going for it as a job. There’s the big money, for a start. … Continue reading

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