I graduated a couple of weeks ago! Now the proud owner of a (legitimate) bit of paper that says I have a degree, and the legal right to put “B.Sc.” after my name.
My Dad and I, taking the concept of a “graduation photo” very seriously.
Yep, I’ve got a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Genetics (and also Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, but you’ll never see it on my transcript)! I’m starting a Master of Science (Genetics) at the University of Melbourne and the Bio21 Molecular [...]
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A little under 12 hours ago, the Young Australian Skeptics blog relaunched with a gorgeous new website, new articles, and a new writing team, all under the direction of yours truly, its new head editor! There’s a dedicated podcast page now, which is fantastic, as well as a page about the YAS’s book, which was also sorely needed. I spent over six feverish months working on recreating the site with my good friends Catherine and Joel, and it’s great to [...]
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Thanks to @0xabad1dea for finding my female doppelgänger. And I mean the human, not the tiger cub, probably.
Compare that to:
Eh? Close enough, yeah, or am I going crazy?
State the negative to find out about the positive – that’s the method behind the Antiview project, run by Australian journalist Max Opray. It’s a fascinating series of interviews with priests, sportspeople, futurists, writers, and more, and I was lucky enough to be asked by Max to be a part of it. He posed some interesting negatively-framed questions… You want to know how I answered them, right?
Here’s a taste:
What don’t you enjoy about science?
Real science, good science, proper science, tends [...]
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You know, this has been happening for a while, but I just didn’t notice it. It took another post by intelligent design proponent David Klinghoffer for me to make the connections – was I oblivious before because I’m a lowly undergraduate? Hah.
The Discovery Institute has a strange relationship with online criticism. On one hand they hate it, because – naturally – it shows how wrong they are about most things. On the other, they love it, because they can derive thousands and [...]
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Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the Genetics Society of AustralAsia 2012 conference as an undergraduate volunteer. One of the fascinating presentations I had the pleasure of sitting in on was given by mammalian geneticist Jenny Graves, on the evolution of genetic sex determination in vertebrates – and, like many a talk at GSA2012, I livetweeted it. Somehow, that got back to the fine folk at COSMOS, a well-respected Australian science magazine, and I was asked if I would like to write a news piece [...]
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Just for a bit of fun/semi-productive time usage, I thought I’d set down a somewhat definitive, unranked list of my favourite ever albums. Defining it was a lot harder than I thought, although I did make it slightly easier by forcing myself to only choose one album per artist – otherwise this list would be 50% Björk, and no-one wants that (except perhaps me, deep down). I’ve included a link to my favourite song off each album too, so you can get a taste of what I [...]
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It’s been a little while since I’ve had one of these published, but it’s good to be back! My latest Nature Education’s Student Voices blog post is up, and it’s on a topic both close and far from my heart: humanity. More specifically, it’s about how boring, biologically, Homo sapiens is as a species compared with the vast array of fascinating creatures that we mostly ignore every day, and if we would just take a second to appreciate them, we might stop putting ourselves up on [...]
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The answer to the above question is… er… “probably not”. But they’re both great, don’t make me choose between them. Then again, I may have to placate you all with some Doctor Who-related things, given that I’ve been quite busy at university lately with assessments, and subsequently I haven’t had enough time to finish the posts I’m writing on convergent molecular evolution (in response to this ENV post by ID proponent Jonathan McLatchie) and the relationship between evolutionary biology and atheism (in response to various posts by science and [...]
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I was lucky enough to have my friend Khalil Cassimally interview me a couple of weeks ago for The SA Incubator, a Scientific American blog that focuses on the next generation of science communicators. Now, the interview is online! Have a read whilst it’s still hot. Or even when it’s not. I doubt it’s going away any time soon.
The interview goes into details about my science communication niche, podcasting, geekiness and my plans for the future. More information about what I think: just [...]
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