Category Archives: education

Fear o’moans

I’m sure you’ve all heard by now of the publication in Science this week of a study suggesting that pheromones in women’s tears reduce testosterone levels and sexual arousal in men (summarised by Ed Yong here). This is definitely not … Continue reading

Posted in education, original research, science, silliness, TMI | 14 Comments

Book ’em!

Well, the bookcase Mr E Man got me for Christmas may not have been a surprise, but it sure is awesome! Before: + During: (She also hopped into the dresser while I was emptying it, but I didn’t manage to … Continue reading

Posted in blog buddies, book review, drunkenness, education, furry friends, photos | 22 Comments

RBO Cycling

I’ve commuted by bicycle almost every day since I started my PhD in 1998. That’s a lot of kilometres, a lot of near accidents, a lot of hills, and a LOT of rain (we’re talking Glasgow and Vancouver here, two … Continue reading

Posted in cycling, drunkenness, education, environment, exercise, fund raising, personal, politics, rants, Vancouver, whining | 14 Comments

A tale of two sisters

My sister is one of my favourite people in the whole world. She’s the person I miss the most from the UK, and although I love my three Canadian sisters-in-law dearly*, it’s just not quite the same. There was only … Continue reading

Posted in career, education, family, personal, photos, publishing, science | 23 Comments

Budget oasis

Biology is messy; grant applications even more so. There are so many intangibles: is the scope too big, too small, or just the right mix of feasible and ambitious? How’s the balance between hot topic sexy science and safe reliable … Continue reading

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"How much have YOU done?"

The Ride to Conquer Cancer is now just a few days away! At some ungodly time on Saturday morning I will be off and pedalling on the first of two consecutive 130 km days! Erm, yay? The last few weeks … Continue reading

Posted in cycling, education, exercise, fund raising, personal | 16 Comments

The ties that bind

This BBC article about school tie styles brought back lots of memories! Many British schools are apparently introducing clip-on ties in order to force their students into monotonous conformity “ensure consistency” and “provide an atmosphere of discipline”. I think this … Continue reading

Posted in education, silliness, UK | 14 Comments

Hierarchy in the UK

One of the things I love about Canada is the relative freedom from snobbery and classism. In the UK your accent gives away so much about your class, your education, and your region of origin, and people do judge you … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, education, rants, UK | 15 Comments

The Five Question Interview

Crystal from “Chances Are I’m Going To Hell For This” was recently interviewed by her friend – and posted the results on her blog. She also chose to perpetuate the meme by asking for willing interview victims subjects in the … Continue reading

Posted in blog buddies, camping, drunkenness, education, embarrassing fan girl, family, kayaking, meme, nature, personal, science | 21 Comments

2009 is looking up

“For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. … Continue reading

Posted in education, environment, medicine, politics, science, technology | 11 Comments