Help! I have to do a statistics course!

Whether the idea thrills you or chills you, data and its analysis are central components of all sciences. Data is the main story in any piece of research, and as such most disciplines expect you to learn how to analyse, interpret and communicate this vital information. This can come as a shock to some people, especially those entering into “social sciences.” Fear not! After seven years of tutoring and lecturing in statistics for psychology, I have analysed a sample of over 1000 new statistics students and the results are in. Here are 10 tips to give you a leg up in any mandatory statistics-for-sciences course you have to undertake.

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Meet Victoria van der Haas, an archaeologist who examines the diet of prehistoric people!

Victoria is an archaeologist working towards her Ph.D. at the Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta. She graduated with a B.A. in Archaeology and an M.A. in Palaeolithic Archaeology from Leiden University. Her current work is under the auspices of the Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project (BHAP) where she investigates the life histories of Mid-Holocene hunter-gatherers from the Cis-Baikal area in Siberia, Russia. She does this through stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis on human tooth dentine, allowing her to examine short-term dietary changes.

Meet Dr. Tara Clarke, a primatologist and conservationist passionate about all things lemur!

Tara Clarke is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Evolutionary Anthropology Department at Duke University. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Victoria. Tara is a member of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group Member and has been working in Madagascar for over ten years. She is the Director of Outreach for Lemur Love, Inc. Tara’s research examines the impacts of habitat fragmentation and isolation on the genetic health of ring-tailed lemurs. Most recently, her work aims to understand the motivations driving the illegal pet trade of lemurs within Madagascar. This work employs a multi-disciplinary approach, including conservation genetics, formal and informal surveys with local communities, collaborations with local and international NGO’s, as well as conservation outreach and education initiatives.

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It’s not just in STEM: Sexism outside of work holds scientists back

Sexism in STEM is rampant; you don’t need me to tell you that. From 113 pages of sexual assault/harassment allegations (U of R, 2017) to the Google engineer memo (also 2017), there are dozens of examples each year of sexism inside STEM environments. But it isn’t just the sexism that women experience in their fields – at conferences, in the office/lab, etc. – that makes it harder for women to succeed in STEM. Misogyny and sexism outside of the workplace can also negatively impact women’s performance at work, and thus the progress of their career and their science. How do two things, seemingly happening in different spheres, overlap?

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Victoria on Rebun Island, Japan

Meet Victoria van der Haas, an archaeologist who examines the diet of prehistoric people!

Victoria is an archaeologist working towards her Ph.D. at the Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta. She graduated with a B.A. in Archaeology and an M.A. in Palaeolithic Archaeology from Leiden University. Her current work is under the auspices of the Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project (BHAP) where she investigates the life histories of Mid-Holocene hunter-gatherers from the Cis-Baikal area in Siberia, Russia. She does this through stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis on human tooth dentine, allowing her to examine short-term dietary changes.

Meet Dr. Tara Clarke, a primatologist and conservationist passionate about all things lemur!

Tara Clarke is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Evolutionary Anthropology Department at Duke University. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Victoria. Tara is a member of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group Member and has been working in Madagascar for over ten years. She is the Director of Outreach for Lemur Love, Inc. Tara’s research examines the impacts of habitat fragmentation and isolation on the genetic health of ring-tailed lemurs. Most recently, her work aims to understand the motivations driving the illegal pet trade of lemurs within Madagascar. This work employs a multi-disciplinary approach, including conservation genetics, formal and informal surveys with local communities, collaborations with local and international NGO’s, as well as conservation outreach and education initiatives.

Meet Dr. Olga Shimoni, a scientist captivated with nanotechnology who wants to transform it for ground-breaking biomedical solutions!

Olga is Senior Lecturer and NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She graduated with a BSc and MSc from Technion-Israeli Institute of Technology in chemical and materials engineering, respectively. She relocated to Australia to undertake her Ph.D. at the University of Melbourne in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, graduating in 2012. In 2014, she joined UTS as Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow after a relatively short post-doctoral training in the School of Physics (University of Melbourne) in the field of diamonds. She is the founder of the Australian network of researchers working with nanoparticles for brain research (ANNxBBB, nano4brain.com.au). In addition, she promotes evidence-based science awareness, STEMM education, and advocates for women in STEMM issues.

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How do seals regulate their fat stores?

Being too fat is bad for humans. But for seals, being fat is essential. They use blubber to stay warm in the water and to supply fat to fuel their metabolism when they come ashore. There’s a lot we don’t understand about how they regulate their fat reserves. How can they be so fat and stay healthy? How do they withstand and manage the big changes they experience in fat stores throughout the year? How does their energy balance respond to rapid natural or human-induced changes in their environment?  In this Royal Society and NERC funded collaboration between Abertay University, the Sea Mammal Research Unit, and Plymouth University,  Dr Kimberley Bennett borrowed a method from biomedical science to investigate how seal fat works to start to answer these questions.

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Targeted enhancement of placental function.

Four years after Lisa´s Masters of Research in Maternal and Fetal Health at The University of Manchester, her paper “Placental Homing Peptide-microRNA Inhibitor Conjugates for Targeted Enhancement of Intrinsic Placental Growth Signaling” is finally published in Theranostics. In simple terms, it’s all about targeting the placenta in order to enhance its function by delivering therapeutic molecules to it. Here, Lisa´s going to talk about why on earth they did this research, how they did it, the results and what they mean!

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Help! I have to do a statistics course!

Whether the idea thrills you or chills you, data and its analysis are central components of all sciences. Data is the main story in any piece of research, and as such most disciplines expect you to learn how to analyse, interpret and communicate this vital information. This can come as a shock to some people, especially those entering into “social sciences.” Fear not! After seven years of tutoring and lecturing in statistics for psychology, I have analysed a sample of over 1000 new statistics students and the results are in. Here are 10 tips to give you a leg up in any mandatory statistics-for-sciences course you have to undertake.

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It’s not just in STEM: Sexism outside of work holds scientists back

Sexism in STEM is rampant; you don’t need me to tell you that. From 113 pages of sexual assault/harassment allegations (U of R, 2017) to the Google engineer memo (also 2017), there are dozens of examples each year of sexism inside STEM environments. But it isn’t just the sexism that women experience in their fields – at conferences, in the office/lab, etc. – that makes it harder for women to succeed in STEM. Misogyny and sexism outside of the workplace can also negatively impact women’s performance at work, and thus the progress of their career and their science. How do two things, seemingly happening in different spheres, overlap?

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Professional Responsibility in Research Science (and the lack thereof)!

The job of a scientist is immensely rewarding – but also technically challenging, and often riddled with administrative and institutional red tape. Learning how to navigate these challenges is critical for mastering the practice of science and advancing early career scientists (students, interns, post-docs, etc). The role of good mentors can set the stage for success. However, there is little discussion about the damage that can be wrought by a bad mentor.