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Just finished the Power Searching with Google course. It was short but sweet. Not very taxing but I'm glad I did it. I've already used several of the new things I've learned. I'm thinking of making a kind of cheat-sheet of the most useful operators and tips to remind me of them and to share them with my daughter. 
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I'm not keen on Udacity either. It's hard to put my finger on why. I don't know if it's the same on the stats course but a lot of the videos on CS101 are of handwriting and the page gets quite cluttered. I don't think the explanations are are good as they could be either. 

I was looking at coursera courses too but I agree that the length is off-putting. The Power Searching course has made me feel like I've achieved something and that feels good. I don't really want to wait 10 weeks for that feeling. 
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I just found out that you can email the university student support and development service with your CV/job application and get feedback. That's brilliant! I'm definitely going to do that. 
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2:1 degree. Not bad considering it's been a tough few years. Feeling a bit sad that it's all over though. 
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I've been looking for both jobs and PhDs but nothing's really grabbed my attention so far.  However, I've just checked my email and discovered that there are a couple of really interesting looking internships at the uni so I'm going to find out more about those. 
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These images are incredible. I wish I could un-see the mouth of the common fly though!
Every year, Nikon hosts the Small World Photomicrography Competition, inviting photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope. The winners for this year&ap...
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"Join Helen Arney, Maggie Philbin, Gia Milinovich, and a host of women from science and tech for an entertaining evening of geekery, comedy and song on Ada Lovelace Day. Celebrating the achievements of women in STEM, Ada Lovelace Day brings together people from around the world to talk about the women who inspire them."
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The kids are back at school so I'm back in the lab working on my project this week. I'll be in the cold room this morning looking at the crystals that have grown while I've been away, so I've put plenty of layers on (it takes me a while). I looked at the ones at room temp yesterday and saw some lovely ones. There was one really good one shaped like a coffin.

My supervisor says there is a possibility I could go with him to the Diamond synchrotron. I went on a tour there at the weekend and loved it, so that would be fantastic.
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Sigh. It really depresses me when I read about how bad the prospect of getting a job in science is and that it is harder for women. Having a child with special needs puts me at even more of a disadvantage in terms of being able to relocate too.
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Ah. Maybe I need to start considering some other options.
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I've been reading about student learning outcomes (in preparation for an internship that I want to apply for) and I came across the idea that you can use them to help with job applications. This is because they list the things you should be able to do on completion of the course. I looked at a couple of individual module learning outcomes and they were too specific but the student handbook has a list of broader learning outcomes for graduates which has helped me to think about what skills I have. 
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One of the strands of the University's new employability strategy is to help students recognize their own achievements - this is a good example of that.
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I've recently become aware of free online courses such as those offered by Udacity and Coursera. I decided to have a look into them since I have some more time on my hands at the moment and have started 'Computer science 101' with Udacity. I've nearly finished unit 1 and I'm really enjoying doing something entirely new.

The course is taught by showing short video clips that teach the different concepts and these are followed by a chance to practice writing the bits of code you've just learned about. There are also short quizzes to check that you've properly understood everything. It feels like a really effective way of learning so far. 
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How the Rabies virus (yes, that's what I said) can be used to visualise connections between neurons.
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    Cardiovascular Sciences PhD, 2012 - present
  • University of Leicester
    Medical Biochemistry, 2009 - 2012
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Graduated from The university of Leicester (Medical Biochemistry) in 2012. PhD Student. Mother. Likes include science, cooking and reading. Dislikes include spiders, pictures of spiders, bits of cotton that look like spiders.
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