Monthly Archives: November 2012


Tobacco and Cannabis: Talk from ResearchFest (video)

Posted 29 November 2012 by Suzi Gage

Back in September I was involved in organising a conference to celebrate Children of the 90s 21st birthday. It was a unique day, as the delegates of the conference were not academics, but the participants in the cohort; the people who give up their time (and bodily fluids) for our work. I wrote about the day here, but the video of the talk I gave, alongside Marcus Munafò, is now up online, so I thought I'd share it here. Our... Read more

Why PhD Students Should Blog: My talk at UK Science Blog Prize Evening (also, I won)

Posted 28 November 2012 by Suzi Gage

As I wrote recently, this blog was shortlisted, along with nine others, for the first UK Science Blog Prize. The award was the brainchild of Simon Singh and Ben Goldacre, and the judging panel were some of the finest minds and science writers around. It is no exaggeration to say that I have been directly inspired to start blogging by two of the judges. In 2010 when I applied for the BSA's Media Fellowship, I namechecked my two science writing... Read more

Sifting the Evidence: or how the blog got its name.

Posted 22 November 2012 by Suzi Gage

I like statistics. Sometimes they elude me, but that feeling when a concept or technique reveals itself, for me is one of the joys of my studies. Which is a good job, as observational epidemiology isn't light on analyses. The geeky joy of stats was instilled in me by my boss Marcus, forcing his lab group to read papers about statistical techniques, giving us lectures about power calculations and suchlike. Back when I was a newbie, he brought to us... Read more

Predictors of addiction: Why being able to hold your booze might not be a good thing

Posted 18 November 2012 by Suzi Gage

This weekend I’ve been thinking about addiction. Admittedly, I think a lot about addiction! I am in the process of making a series of podcasts about recreational drugs, and while at a neuropsychopharmacology conference last month, I interviewed Anne Lingford-Hughes about research in to alcohol. Some of her comments really got me thinking about the nature of addiction, and why some of us can have a few drinks while others find the need for alcohol can consume them. Alcohol has... Read more

Spot On – A Conference for the Modern Age (guest post for MRC)

Posted 16 November 2012 by Suzi Gage

First, a small piece of news. This blog has been shortlisted for the 2012 UK Science Blog Prize, a new scheme set up by the Good Thinking Society to recognise science writing in blog form. I am STOKED, I don't think I've stopped grinning since I found out. There is a Prize Night happening next Sunday, where I'll be speaking* alongside some of my blogging heroes: Dorothy Bishop, Athene Donald (edit: just heard Athene can't make it, which is a shame),... Read more

80s Flashback? Using tetris to treat PTSD

Posted 8 November 2012 by Suzi Gage

Yesterday I had to use some skills I hoped I would never need, as a man collapsed in front of me while I was walking to work. Rolling him in to the recovery position revealed a deep and profusely bleeding wound to the head, which I tried to stem as another passer-by called an ambulance. The crew arrived within minutes, and the man began to regain consciousness. As I got home and removed a stranger’s blood from my hands and... Read more

Fixing the Fraud: Q&A with Professor Charles Hulme

Posted 7 November 2012 by Suzi Gage

With less than a week to go until SpotOn, here is a Q&A with another panelist from Pete Etchells and my session on academic misconduct. If you missed the previous articles, they can be found here (Q & A with Ginny Barbour) and here (guest post by Chris Chambers). Don't forget you can follow the session (Monday 12th at 3.30pm UK time) on twitter using #solo12fraud if you're not at the conference yourself. Here's UCL's Charles Hulme answering our questions.... Read more