A cocktail of my activities, interests and an insight to my convoluted brain. An inspired cellular and molecular biochemist interested in Arabidopsis and C. elegans. Because the internet is better for communicating science than scientists themselves.
As a newbie on the block of blogging, I decided to take a leap and apply for a post as a guest blogger for grads.co.uk. My article was reviewed and accepted; now it is live for my fellow readers at: http://blog.grads.co.uk/2012/09/12/together-we-can-lift-the-cloud-of-limitation/
However for all intensive purposes, here it is as submitted:
TOGETHER WE CAN LIFT THE CLOUD OF LIMITATION
The 2012 Paralympians have shown the world there are no limits; where there is a will, there is a way. As a budding scientist, everyday I join many PhD students in a full pelt run into a brick wall, as our experiments fail and all our hopes to find the next ‘cure to cancer’ or ‘anti-ageing solution’per se, are made redundant.
Pain: a sense designed by nature to learn from our mistakes and avoid reoccurrence. Metaphorically speaking, researchers undergo this ‘pain’ on a day-to-day basis; yet endure with the optimism to discover something truly groundbreaking. Likewise, the Paralympians train, quite possibly more brutally than us so-called ‘able-bodied’ in order to be in with a chance of a Gold medal. But what is the incentive? Why undergo pain when we are intrinsically designed to learn from it?
Despite our programming, evolution trumps this. We have evolved to endeavor and progress to subconsciously fulfill the statement ‘survival of the fittest’. We love a challenge; we thrive to win regardless of chance. So, what is the relevance of my curiosity? Lord Coe is correct: the Paralympians have altered our view on the disabled. Well, perhaps I can be one grain of rice out of a sack to help tip the scale; revolutionise the opinion of students and scientists?
Geek is the new chic and I am determined to communicate not only Science, but also raise the awareness of our promising generation of emerging students and graduates; together we make up the children of the future. Albert Einstein once said, “in order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep”. Sperate perati – go forward with preparation; our courage and motivation can unite us together to lift the cloud of limitation and tackle the economic collapse.
You can catch more of my student/graduate experiences at my official profile http://blog.grads.co.uk/author/nancy/