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Guest writer: Making sense of sound by Nikhil Mistry

This post is written by Nikhil Mistry. Nikhil is an Acoustical Engineer and Research Fellow at The National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK. His work focusses on underwater acoustics and medical ultrasound; for example, designing sonar to ‘see’ animals in the water, looking at the interaction between sound and bubbles, and using sound and bubbles …

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Guest writer: “You can do it” – Time to act on it as a woman in STEM by Lauren Nelson

This post is written by Lauren Nelson, a final year PhD student at Newcastle University studying computational drug design. A lover of all things science, she has a MSc and BSc in Chemistry, she’s a STEM Ambassador, and she’s also a PhD tutor with The Brilliant Club. Lauren started the A Short Scientist blog in …

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Guest writer: Lived experiences with mental health from a psychologist-in-training by Karen Tang

This post is written by Karen Tang, a PhD Student in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her research examines behavioural addiction (e.g. video gaming) and how these disorders correlate with mental health. When she is not being a busy graduate student, Karen is advocating for mental health and diversity in higher …

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Guest writer: 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, 100% Confusion by Jenny Truong

This post is written by Dr. Jenny Truong, a community pharmacist in the United States. She works in one the most ethnically diverse cities in America – which also happens to be one of her state’s lowest-income areas. These two characteristics provide unique challenges in community healthcare, especially during our current pandemic. To see how …

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Guest writer: On positive stereotypes, impostor syndrome and diversity in science by Shan Chong

This post is written by Shan Chong, a molecular biologist with an interest in mental health and behaviour. Shan is a postdoctural research fellow that uses stem cells to model neuropsychiatric disease. She spends a lot of time thinking about how people perceive and respond to things, and how science can help to combat the …

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Guest writer: Creativity and authenticity are key ingredients for successful student-led DEI advocacy by Karmela Padavic-Callaghan

This post is written by Karmela Padavic-Callaghan, Karmela is a theoretical physicist, a non-fiction writer and a DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) advocate and organizer. Her writing has appeared on the Scientific American Opinions blog, the Lifeology blog, which focuses on science and art, and the Xylom, an award-winning project where scientists share authentic personal stories …

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Guest writer: The art of advocating for mental health awareness by Zoë Ayres

This post is written by Dr Zoë Ayres, an analytical scientist by background, with a PhD in electrochemical sensor development she’s now an analytical research scientist in the water industry. Zoë is a passionate mental health advocate working to improve mental health in research settings, primarily focusing on graduate mental health. She raises awareness of …

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