IN­CRED­I­BLE SCI­ENCE CA­REERS

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Dr Alice Gre­gory (be­low) Psy­chol­o­gist Gold­smiths, Univer­sity of London I stud­ied... Ex­per­i­men­tal psy­chol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Ox­ford, then so­cial, ge­netic and devel­op­men­tal psy­chi­a­try at King’s Col­lege, London. I got into sci­ence be­cause... As a child, I lost the tip of a fin­ger in a door and part of my toe was grafted onto the end of my fin­ger. The pro­ce­dure seemed mirac­u­lous and pos­si­bly kick-started my fascination with the hu­man body, mind and behaviour. A typ­i­cal week at work in­volves... Re­cently, I’ve been catch­ing up with progress on a sleep re­search pro­ject and work­ing with a jour­nal­ist on a piece about my new book Nod­ding Off. Today, I fly to Bor­neo to give a lec­ture on sleep. The best thing about my job is... It’s a priv­i­lege to con­trib­ute to sci­en­tific knowl­edge even in a small way, but per­haps more sig­nif­i­cantly I’ve en­joyed su­per­vis­ing oth­ers who will likely go on to make im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions. On my book­shelf... I, Mam­mal by Liam Drew Sci­ence And The City by Lau­rie Win­kles Neu­rotribes by Steve Siber­man

My favourite web­sites... Tech­nol­ogy Net­works tech­nolog­y­net­works.com IFL Sci­ence iflscience.com The BBC Fo­cus pod­cast! sci­ence­fo­cus.com/sci­ence­fo­cus­pod­cast

Dr Steve Brusatte (right) Palaeon­tol­o­gist Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh I stud­ied... Geo­phys­i­cal sci­ences at the Univer­sity of Chicago. My PhD was in ver­te­brate palaeon­tol­ogy at Columbia Univer­sity of New York. I got into sci­ence be­cause... My youngest brother Chris was ob­sessed with di­nosaurs and it was through him that I slowly, through os­mo­sis, got into di­nosaurs, fos­sils, evo­lu­tion and sci­ence. A typ­i­cal week at work in­volves... In the spring and sum­mer, I’m usu­ally in the field look­ing for new di­nosaurs. Dur­ing the au­tumn, I teach ev­ery day at the Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh and through­out the year I man­age my lab and su­per­vise stu­dents that study with me. The best thing about my job is... Ev­ery day is so dif­fer­ent and each day I have the chance to learn some­thing to­tally new about the world. On my book­shelf... The Di­nosaur Here­sies by Robert T Bakker The Ends Of The World by Peter Bran­nen The Di­nosaur Artist by Paige Wil­liams

My favourite web­sites... The New York Times ny­times.com Wash­ing­ton Post wash­ing­ton­post.com The At­lantic the­at­lantic.com He­len Ar­ney Sci­ence pre­sen­ter I stud­ied... Physics at Im­pe­rial Col­lege London. More re­cently, screen­writ­ing at City Univer­sity. I got into sci­ence be­cause... I had great physics and maths teach­ers and was inspired by physi­cist Richard Feyn­man’s books, which I read un­der the du­vet with a torch, age 12. A typ­i­cal week at work in­volves... Right now I’m pro­duc­ing our third Fes­ti­val Of The Spo­ken Nerd show for DVD and down­load You Can’t Pol­ish A Nerd. We wrote the script and songs last year and recorded it in June, so my sum­mer is all about video ed­its and ad­min. So much ad­min! The best thing about my job is... I make my own work, man­age my own sched­ule and jug­gle the time I spend with my gor­geous tod­dler. See also: worst thing about my job. On my book­shelf... Surely You’re Jok­ing, Mr Feyn­man! by Richard P Feyn­man The Im­mor­tal Life Of Hen­ri­etta Lacks by Re­becca Sk­loot This Is Go­ing To Hurt by Adam Kay My favourite web­sites... Ed Yong edy­ong.me Twisted Doo­dle twisted­doo­dles.com Story Col­lider sto­rycol­lider.org Prof Bren­dan Walker (above right) Thrill engi­neer

Thrill Lab­o­ra­tory and Mid­dle­sex Univer­sity

I stud­ied...

Aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing at Im­pe­rial Col­lege, then in­dus­trial de­sign en­gi­neer­ing at the Royal Col­lege of Art.

I got into sci­ence be­cause...

After my de­gree, I spent some time work­ing at Bri­tish Aerospace in com­pu­ta­tional fluid dy­nam­ics and wind tun­nel test­ing. This gave me a pas­sion for bounc­ing be­tween the­o­ret­i­cal mod­el­ling and prac­ti­cal ex­per­i­men­ta­tion.

A typ­i­cal week at work in­volves...

I cre­ate my own ex­per­i­men­tal rides and cur­rently I’m work­ing with vir­tual re­al­ity and move­ment so this means spend­ing a lot of time tour­ing work in­ter­na­tion­ally to test it with a large au­di­ence.

The best thing about my job is...

I’m not con­strained by the bound­aries of dis­ci­plines. I en­joy mov­ing freely be­tween sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, art and de­sign. On my book­shelf... Hand­book Of Psy­chophys­i­ol­ogy edited by John T Ca­cioppo Un­der­stand­ing Pen­du­lums: A Brief In­tro­duc­tion by L P Pook

Pris­oner’s Dilemma by Wil­liam Pound­stone My favourite web­sites... The Physics Hyper­text­book physics.info The Game of Life web.stan­ford. edu/~cdebs/GameOfLife/ Make Mag­a­zine makezine.com/ Rose Bai­ley (be­low) Green­house gas emis­sions ex­pert Ri­cardo En­ergy and En­vi­ron­ment

I stud­ied...

Hu­man sci­ences at the Univer­sity of Ox­ford and then en­vi­ron­ment and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment at the Univer­sity of

East Anglia. My PhD was in car­bon man­age­ment at the Univer­sity of the West of Eng­land.

I got into sci­ence be­cause...

I stud­ied the wrong A-Lev­els for sci­ence! How­ever, my un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree made me re­alise I wanted an en­vi­ron­ment­fo­cused ca­reer that was also con­nected to pol­icy and so­ci­ety.

A typ­i­cal week in­volves...

A real mix! This week, for ex­am­ple, I’ve been crunch­ing numbers on city emis­sions data, while pre­par­ing for a workshop next week in Ghana to train de­ci­sion-mak­ers on how to de­velop a cli­mate ac­tion plan for their city.

The best thing about my job is...

The va­ri­ety and work­ing at the in­ter­face be­tween sci­ence and pol­icy. On my book­shelf... Bad Sci­ence by Ben Goldacre

Sus­tain­able En­ergy With­out The Hot Air

by David MacKay The Self­ish Gene by Richard Dawkins My favourite web­sites... United Na­tions Cli­mate Change un­fccc.int The UK’s Live Air Qual­ity uk-air.de­fra.gov.uk

The Cli­mate Ac­tion Tracker cli­mate­ac­tion­tracker.org

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