This week I’m trying to learn patience. It’s a virtue and all that. Mum told me all those years ago. And mums are the bomb, so it’s gotta be true. Both Italy and Africa are currently giving me some patience lessons lately (translation: driving me absolutely bonkers). Basically, the Vikster and I have been trying … More Ask and ye shall receive … possibly.
In my last blog post I had a whine about the possibility absolute certainty of my contracting malaria while in Ethiopia. My blood is a delicious fine wine, anti-mosquito spray doesn’t work well, wah wah wah. You know what, dear readers? I’m gonna tell myself to STFU. I’m gonna take my first-world problems, and go sit in the naughty … More Bite me, mosquitoes: It’s time to end your reign of terror
I’m gonna get malaria. I just know it. Here’s the thing: I’m delicious. I’m the crème de la crème of mosquito delicacies. If my blood was on the list at a mosquito restaurant, it’d be a freaking 1787 Chateau Margaux. People tell me all the time to just relax. “Oh but I went for three weeks and … More A kiss with a twist
Someday in the future, we’ll look back on this and laaaaaaugh. People tell me that Africa might a bit rough going for an Aussie that enjoys planning and itineraries and the like. I admit it, I was spoiled in Australia. We like to complain that the major phone company farms out their call centres to … More Sh*t Italy says
In research, money is key. Without money, we rely on the kindness of others. Do you know what it’s like to rummage, elbow-deep in a big bucket of probably-radioactive water, trying to MacGyver up an old piece of crap into a vaguely functioning piece of lab equipment? Well, I do. And that piece of crap ended up becoming … More We’re pulling into the donation station
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Her Story Professor Fetien Abay Abera was born in Wukro town of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. She is the last (twin) daughter to a family of 12 and is now married and a mother of three. Saved by her mother from an arranged marriage at a very young age (12) to a…
Time away in a different environment can give young researchers new perspectives and challenges that could help them develop as scientists and people. This is the piece I wrote for the NatureJobs blog in September 2015. It was edited by the very clever Julie Gould, and won me the chance to go to their careers … More Into the wild… the laboratory wild!
The reason for this whole shebang is a problem called ‘brain-drain’ – the large-scale emigration of skilled and educated people out of certain countries. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs did a bit of statistical digging in 2013 and published a report called ‘World Migration in Figures‘. They say that brain-drain is particularly high in certain areas of Africa, … More What is ‘brain-drain’?
Team science is in preparation! That’s myself (scientist, writer, traveller, 100% Aussie-grown with a bit of Italian frosting), and my good mate Vikster, who is most definitely the brains of the operation and probably knows the Queen. We’re just two pale-as doctors of the PhD variety, off on an Ethiopian adventure, hoping to share a little … More Introducing the peeps