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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Earlier this week, I received a random e-mail asking if I would be willing to participate in a large regional summer school run by one of the best sixth-form colleges in the UK. (This is a different summer school from the one I posted about previously, which will take place at Imperial.)

I wrote back expressing my interest and the kinds of activities I would be able to run.

I returned to my desk after a most satisfying lunch to find my offer accepted and a guarantee that everything I'd requested would be provided - accommodation, meals, travel expenses and minions technicians.

At the end of the e-mail, the coordinator added this:

I don't know if you would be interested but I am also looking for female presenters for a 'Girls into Physics' day I'm organising on Mon 22nd June. It would involve giving a short presentation to approx 80 girls on what you do and the career possibilities for girls taking Physics as a subject. This will be followed by break out groups to chat to any that want to ask questions etc. We are meeting at 9.30 for a 10.00 start and the presentation part and break out groups will finish approx 12.30pm.


What I'm not going to write back, but expresses how I feel:

Am I interested? Am I interested? Doing this kind of thing is what keeps me in love with my job. If I can be as inspirational to younger women with an interest in science as my mentors have been, and continue to be, for me, I will go to my grave believing that I spent my life well. So yes. I'm interested.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2009-05-08 12:30 (UTC)
W00t!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-08 14:05 (UTC)
*does a little dance*
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[User Picture]From: impix
2009-05-08 12:33 (UTC)
thats amazing!

i am so jealous of your job. if i only i had applied myself more at school. ah, regrets!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-08 14:07 (UTC)
Yay!

I'm just back from feeling grossly inadequate at a conversation volunteering session with a non-native English speaker. He's a cardiovascular surgeon who's taken up stem cell research on the side. And he's all worried he won't be able to pass his test so he can practice medicine here because his English isn't perfect. Uh, overachieve much?!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-08 14:08 (UTC)
*makes metal hands*
*head-bangs*
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2009-05-08 13:11 (UTC)
hurrah! corrupt the young! turn their minds away from pop music and toward the science.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-09 10:41 (UTC)
I hope so. I spend most of my time surrounded by people who've signed up to devote at least several years of their lives to science, so it's easy to forget that most people don't aspire to it, or even think it's worth doing. :-/
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[User Picture]From: thalassius
2009-05-08 14:06 (UTC)
Yay! Baby nanilas, Geraghtys, Stofans and Porcos . . .

(Yes, I know it's unlikely to corrupt them all into becoming physicists planetary scientists, but it makes me very happy that such a thing is happening and that they get you bouncing at them.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-09 10:47 (UTC)
I'm hoping to demonstrate that planetary science is one of those nicely encompassing fields in which one can choose to approach questions from a physical, chemical or biological point of view. Which is how you can get a chemist to go from doing molecular dynamics to working on spacecraft instrumentation for physics! :-D

Edited at 2009-05-09 10:47 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2009-05-08 14:16 (UTC)
You are an inspiration.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-09 10:42 (UTC)
I aspire to it, anyway! Shall do my best not to be too geeky. But it's hard when I get to talk about such cool stuff.
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[User Picture]From: lesyeuxouverts
2009-05-08 15:28 (UTC)

Amazing ! Congratulations !
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-09 10:37 (UTC)
Now I just have to figure out what to witter at them about. Whee!
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From: alice_mccoy
2009-05-08 15:37 (UTC)
I know a female physicist who may be interested in doing it as well.
If the guy wants more people can you email me any more details about the event e.g. location and specifically if it wheelchair friendly and I will pass them on.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-09 10:36 (UTC)
Oh, very cool. I'll ask in my acceptance e-mail if she needs more speakers. What subfield of physics is your friend involved in? I'm pretty sure this is an extremely well-equipped college (read: £26k+ a year fees) so it should be wheelchair friendly.
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[User Picture]From: returntosender
2009-05-08 18:13 (UTC)
Excellent stuff! I have to say I'm falling back in love with science.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-09 10:34 (UTC)
Yay!

BTW, I need to get my eyes tested soon, as it's been five years since I had them examined and I'm starting to get headaches even when I'm wearing my glasses. Could you please give me contact info so I can make an appointment with you?
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[User Picture]From: angelcityblues
2009-05-08 18:41 (UTC)
that's just rad. YAY!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-09 10:36 (UTC)
I'm so happy! Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2009-05-08 20:55 (UTC)
Reading this made me so happy I peed a little. Just a little.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-09 10:38 (UTC)
Don't waste it - feed it to a sundew plant. They love nitrogen-rich food.
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[User Picture]From: automatic_kafka
2009-05-08 21:27 (UTC)
Remember to kill one outright and the rest will keep in line.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-09 10:40 (UTC)
I suspect these are likely to be very well-bred young ladies. Besides, they always come to these events attended by a bevy of minders so I never feel too threatened. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2009-05-11 00:43 (UTC)
That's a great day! I love it when people clearly love what they do and are excited to share it with other people. It's very inspiring to see it happen. So! Yay for you! Yay for the Well Bred Young Ladies! Yay for Planetary Science!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-11 14:52 (UTC)
Just sent my acceptance e-mail. Time to do a little dance!
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[User Picture]From: senusert
2009-05-11 11:05 (UTC)
YAY!!!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-11 14:40 (UTC)
Yes indeedy! I'm looking forward to it.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2009-05-13 00:56 (UTC)
Frankly, I didn't see a single usage of the words 'OMg!' or 'Squee!' or the use of '!!11!1!!'--your final lines would/should have been a perfect response. (You dinna even use a 'hell-YES'...) ;)

AWESOME, yo. \o/
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-05-13 08:05 (UTC)
I think I've been in understated England for too long. I thought I was going over the top, what with using an exclamation mark and italics.
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