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About steffi suhr

Once upon a time, I was an enthusiastic and hopeful biological oceanographer who did a bunch of work in the Antarctic. I was alternately wearing labcoats or extreme weather clothing and hard hats, but have long since swapped survival suits for dress suits and do science management, currently as the BioMedBridges project manager at the European Bioinformatics Institute. I still like to use my brain. I'm a German serial expat, currently - again - living in the UK.

Ice – from around the corner

Although these are very busy times for me, this blog should not be completely quiet. So here are some more pictures of ice. No, not from where you’re thinking: this time it’s from around the corner in our forest. Ok, … Continue reading

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Caught in a Bad Project

Can I just say that this spoof on the Lady Gaga song “Bad romance” is pure brilliance: The internet is amazing: the video was posted three days ago and I saw it this morning after a (non-scientist) friend pointed it … Continue reading

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Shake Hands with Danger

If you ever think about what it would be like to work in the Antarctic… bulldozers, trucks and cranes are probably not the first things that come to mind. But it takes many different things to support research on the … Continue reading

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Of glaciers gone

I do have to thank myself again for giving my husband a slide scanner for Christmas. Here’s another treasure: a picture of him skiing near Palmer Station, taken on 7 December 1997. The glacier he is on is near “Skua … Continue reading

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My mother always told me

There’s been a good discussion on my last post about the term “Manpower” – thanks to all who actively participated, here and on other channels. It has been fascinating to see that the suggestion of such a small adjustment as … Continue reading

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I was a bit puzzled by that word the first few times I heard it in the context of my work, in conjunction with the European XFEL construction project. While recovering from the impact – after all, I had spent … Continue reading

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Transient shapes

I am now thoroughly bored with the bronchitis and fever I’ve been battling since Christmas Eve. So I thought I’ll post some photos instead of just sitting here coughing… These are slides my husband took along the Western Antarctic Peninsula … Continue reading

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Many things have happened in the last few weeks that, to me, all seem to circle around this word. Two events stood out because, in a way, they seemed to be exact opposites. There is Wikileaks of course, and the … Continue reading

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Hi all, I’ve been very quiet on the blogging front this year, especially for the last few months. So quiet in fact that I got an e-mail from a Nature Network team member the week before last, basically asking me … Continue reading

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Hard science and soft skills

I saw this article in Nature this morning and it made me very happy. Hard science: meet soft skills. Please allow me to cite freely from the article, “Leaders wanted”: Richter [the former director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center … Continue reading

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