Oh yeahhhh *happy dance* it finally happened, we got contact from the University in Mekelle! ACTUAL DETAILS, holy frijoles and golly gosh, it’s like Christmas came early. They were soooo silent for so long, and then, BAM, details! Well, kinda details, sorta details… really what we have are more like vague shadows of an idea of possible details. Okay, … More You’ve got mail!
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
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’?