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How Media continues to perpetuate gender stereotypes!

Even today we look at the fulfilment of gender roles as an achievement in our everyday lives. I researched literature around the way mainstream media continues to perpetuate gender stereotypes. Through my writing, I take you through the basics of gender and sex, history and mass media’s continuous portrayal of sticking to gender norms. I highlight how this gender perpetuation affects us unknowingly, and I draw inspiration from (and mention) the famous article ‘Doing Gender’ by West and Zimmerman. 

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Resilience: Adjusting your sails in times of a world-wide pandemic!

Resilience is a dynamic, evolving process, during this process, you identify yourself, you grow, you gain confidence, you dream bigger, you inspire others, you tap into your strengths and you improve yourself. As Ann Masten says “Resilience is ordinary magic…” Individuals all over the world have the ability to tap into their ‘magic’ and make use of their strengths, assets and resources. Now, more than ever, we need to build ourselves, support each other and maximize our strengths  in order to emerge as a resilient nation so that we can fight obstacles and fear, and in doing so, we can flourish.

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Why scientists need to be trained in science communication!

Scientists spend most of their time trying to improve the world through their discoveries. However, making these exciting discoveries without the ability to communicate their importance to a variety of audiences will severely diminish the potential of this work to positively affect society. To this end, we advocate for a comprehensive science communication training program to be implemented in universities, and a recognition for the value of science communication both within and outside of academia.

Kaylyn Tousignant

Meet Kaylyn Davis Tousignant – communicating the gut microbiome to the public!

Promoting health to others is the biggest driving factor for Kaylyn Davis Tousignant – Scientific Writer with gut microbiome analysis company Microba. Kaylyn is a recent PhD student who has submitted her thesis and is awaiting graduation. She received her Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Biology in 2015 and completed her PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 2019. In 2015 she received the Lumen Prize Research Award. She is a Scientific Writer who works hard to stay up to date on the latest research and translates the information into laymen content for a generalist audience.

Dr Nicola Angel

Meet Dr Nicola Angel – heading up an Australian gut microbiome sequencing laboratory!

Dr Nicola Angel wants to see Australian scientists progress to make meaningful impacts globally, particularly in the area of gut microbiome analysis and research guided treatment breakthroughs. Nicola is the Head of Laboratory Operations for Brisbane-based Microba’s production laboratory and NATA accredited clinical test. Her role is busy, complex, detailed and covers many areas of operations which she says are ‘interesting’ and ‘dynamic’. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours I and a Doctorate of Philosophy. She started her training in immunology and drug discovery and design and went on to work in research, management, consultancy and service provision throughout the career.

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Kaylyn Tousignant

Meet Kaylyn Davis Tousignant – communicating the gut microbiome to the public!

Promoting health to others is the biggest driving factor for Kaylyn Davis Tousignant – Scientific Writer with gut microbiome analysis company Microba. Kaylyn is a recent PhD student who has submitted her thesis and is awaiting graduation. She received her Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Biology in 2015 and completed her PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 2019. In 2015 she received the Lumen Prize Research Award. She is a Scientific Writer who works hard to stay up to date on the latest research and translates the information into laymen content for a generalist audience.

Dr Nicola Angel

Meet Dr Nicola Angel – heading up an Australian gut microbiome sequencing laboratory!

Dr Nicola Angel wants to see Australian scientists progress to make meaningful impacts globally, particularly in the area of gut microbiome analysis and research guided treatment breakthroughs. Nicola is the Head of Laboratory Operations for Brisbane-based Microba’s production laboratory and NATA accredited clinical test. Her role is busy, complex, detailed and covers many areas of operations which she says are ‘interesting’ and ‘dynamic’. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours I and a Doctorate of Philosophy. She started her training in immunology and drug discovery and design and went on to work in research, management, consultancy and service provision throughout the career.

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Meet Neelam Patel, a Canadian Low Vision Specialist competing for Miss Universe Canada 2020!

Neelam Patel obtained her master’s of science degree from Université de Montréal with a specialization in vision rehabilitation and is a certified low vision specialist. She is currently working full time for Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada. She helps visually impaired individuals adjust to their vision loss by educating them on their visual diagnosis, introducing optical and non-optical assistive devices and teaching adaptive techniques. In addition, she is currently competing for Miss Universe Canada 2020 and has designed her platform to focus on promoting higher education and advocating for people with visual disabilities. Since it is 20/20, it is the perfect year to discuss ocular health!

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Particle physicists want to prove the existence of the hypothetical Axion-like particles that might be constituents of the mysterious dark matter but haven´t been seen so far.

Scientists are Conducting Fundamental Research With ‘Speed Machines’!

Particle physicists claim they understand the universe, but the complexity of this surprising paradox behind our universe reveals to us that still 95 percent of the universe is yet not understood nor has it been seen directly. Mind dazzling indeed but if our universe would not contain e.g. entropy, wiggling particles possessing their own “wiggle-room” so to speak and slow, non-excited, as they seem to be, “hippy particles” as some of its fundamental components, we would not have the complex world we see today, including you and me.

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How to increase your employability from home!

Looking for inspiration on how to increase your employability during this undeniably difficult period? Read below for some quick, easy and free ways to spend your days at home productively and for the most part enjoyably. Great for those who are currently unemployed and ready to enter the job-hunting arena when lockdown rules are paused, also great for those who are employed but are looking into self-development and / or changing their career.

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Five tips for student group success!

Does your research centre have a student group? Georgia and I know first-hand how important having a connected social group is to survive and thrive in the graduate research environment. Research studies can often be a stressful and challenging time for the individual; our work can be independent, we may be studying off campus and away from a main group, and we are often learning as we go whilst being constantly reminded that we are competing with our peers for post-doc jobs. With that said we know how vital it is to have social connectedness, and like-minded people to share this unique journey with.  Here’s 5 tips to get the best from your student group!

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Introspect the media that surrounds us today

How Media continues to perpetuate gender stereotypes!

Even today we look at the fulfilment of gender roles as an achievement in our everyday lives. I researched literature around the way mainstream media continues to perpetuate gender stereotypes. Through my writing, I take you through the basics of gender and sex, history and mass media’s continuous portrayal of sticking to gender norms. I highlight how this gender perpetuation affects us unknowingly, and I draw inspiration from (and mention) the famous article ‘Doing Gender’ by West and Zimmerman. 

Boat into the sunset

Resilience: Adjusting your sails in times of a world-wide pandemic!

Resilience is a dynamic, evolving process, during this process, you identify yourself, you grow, you gain confidence, you dream bigger, you inspire others, you tap into your strengths and you improve yourself. As Ann Masten says “Resilience is ordinary magic…” Individuals all over the world have the ability to tap into their ‘magic’ and make use of their strengths, assets and resources. Now, more than ever, we need to build ourselves, support each other and maximize our strengths  in order to emerge as a resilient nation so that we can fight obstacles and fear, and in doing so, we can flourish.

sci comm

Why scientists need to be trained in science communication!

Scientists spend most of their time trying to improve the world through their discoveries. However, making these exciting discoveries without the ability to communicate their importance to a variety of audiences will severely diminish the potential of this work to positively affect society. To this end, we advocate for a comprehensive science communication training program to be implemented in universities, and a recognition for the value of science communication both within and outside of academia.