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#aMomentaryLapseOfReason + #GeekyTreasures on Twitter

After some thinking and web crawling, I decided to launch these two hashtags on Twitter: #aMomentaryLapseOfReason and #GeekyTreasures.

Why? Well, because I do curate stuff anyway. The thing is that I tweet about so many different things that all the geeky, funny, weird, creative things can easily go unnoticed. Hence these two hashtags.

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Publié par le 11 mars 2013 dans Science

 

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Women in Science: Still Thin on the Ground But Not For Too Long

I have started curating stories for SciLogs.com’s The Aggregator, In brief, the idea is to have resources collected when an interesting story happens. I did this one for Ada Lovelace Day 2012, but as it relates to Women in Science and Research in general, we can have Ada Lovelace Day everyday 🙂

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Publié par le 21 novembre 2012 dans Research, Science, Women

 

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The Genetic Fatality of What You Are

This morning while checking my Twitter feed, I stumbled upon a tweet on the « internet addiction gene ». My reaction was: « Have pity. Please ». Thankfully, some people have had spare time to write and dismiss such a scientific breakthrough. It is perhaps a question of timing — all the very recent hysteria about how ENCODE unveiled the indispensability of « junk DNA » just got a bit on my nerves. I’ve written about this elsewhere, so would prefer to skip it here and focus on the ultimate honour for people like me (i.e., geneticists): identifying « the gene of [insert some word here] ».

Actually, I’m pretty committed to do all my best and discover no « gene of ». Before coming to the concrete reasons why, let me list the top ranking « gene of » below.

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Publié par le 11 septembre 2012 dans Research, Science

 

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The *pr0n wave

It is now more or less a public secret that my PhD deals with sexual behaviour, sex-biased genes, and all kinds of sex-related stuff. Until now, it was doing so with flies.

Recently, I started broadening my expertise. Here is some evidence.

It all started with this one. Not my fault, the Absolutely Madness Tumblr blog just bumped into me.

It all started with this one. Not my fault, the Absolutely Madness Tumblr blog just bumped into me.

Flower pr0n.

Flower pr0n.

Turtle pr0n. Captured by yours truly when visiting the Snake Park in Nairobi, Kenya.

Turtle pr0n. Captured by yours truly when visiting the Snake Park in Nairobi, Kenya.

And then, a friend going to Mombasa (Kenya), without me, bumps into this.

In the meantime, a friend going to Mombasa (Kenya), without me, bumps into this.

And today I was pointed to these images.

And today I was pointed to these images.

(source for the last one: La séxualité des dinosaures vue par un artiste)

And a small update (a close friend used to call me Medusa, which pretty much resembles me… 🙂 ):

Medusa :)

Medusa 🙂

Another update: the ultimate pr0n

 
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Publié par le 14 juillet 2012 dans Miscellaneous

 

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Women in Science: Why So Few?

[This piece was first published on FutureChallenges.org.]

When a  few years ago I first got interested in this topic, I obsessively read all I could about it. The oldest paper I found at that time was from 1965 and bore the title: “Women in Science: Why So Few?” Yes, it’s the same as the title of the current posting and no, this is not a simple coincidence: women are thin on the ground in science and technology.

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Publié par le 29 avril 2012 dans Research, Science, Women

 

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Science Blogging at the EMBO Meeting 2011!

Ahoi, ahoi. I know, I’m not writing that much anymore, this is bad, sad, etc.

But this will be very soonish subject to change! Awesome news: I was selected to be ‘certified blogger’ at the EMBO Meeting 😀 I’ll also have a poster there, in the ‘Microbiology’ section. Lastly, since I’ll be finishing my PhD in precisely 1 year from now, I’ll attend several sessions at the Career Development Day to improve my job-searching abilities 😉

The program looks really great and I am very much looking forward to attending some of the workshops dedicated on ‘Genome Evolution’, ‘Hosts & Microbes’ and — of course — Melissa Hines’s lecture on ‘Women In Science’! Naturally, you’ll hear from me on these topics.

The EMBO Meeting 2011If you want to apply, please do: the deadline was exceptionally extended to August 15.

See you in Vienna then!

 
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Publié par le 4 août 2011 dans Science

 

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To PhD or not to PhD?

StudyingOk, so here is some quick thought. The other day, I received a nice mail from Nature Staff member asking me whether I’d like to take part to a blogging initiative they had about PhD. I did accept with great pleasure since this was an excellent opportunity to talk about important things and to be read by a huge amount of people. Whether they would agree with what I say or not is not the question. Nobody asked for. To me, the crucial thing was to tell about what people can live through their years as as PhD. My answers are here.

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Publié par le 22 avril 2011 dans Research, Science, Women

 

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