Hi everyone, and welcome to Microbe Stew!
This is my first ever blog post here (hopefully the first of many!), and so serves the purpose of being an introduction. I am currently in my first year of my PhD inMolecular Microbiology at The University of Sheffield’s Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. For now, all i will say is that a PhD is incredibly fun but scary, and many posts will surely follow in this theme…
In addition to my studies, I am involved with the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), assisting with their Twitter page. I also sit on their Postgraduate and Early Career Scientist (PECS) Committee, as the Communications Officer. I thoroughly enjoy this role, as in addition to contributing to the Society’s monthly magazine and email newsletter, i get to attend plenty of conferences, and even organise our own event for Postgrad and Early Career Scientists every autumn.
I have recently started blogging for ‘We are Sheffield Students‘, sharing my experience of being a student. So i will also be posting those pieces on here, as i am happy to announce they have been frequently read so far!
As many of you hopefully will know, I am frequently addressed to by new acquaintances as ‘that guy from Twitter’. Yep that’s me…! If you aren’t reading this blog via my Twitter (@Stewart_Barker) then please consider following, or at least talking to me. It would be greatly appreciated.
In my not so spare time, i love playing and discussing video games; making, eating and talking about food; amateur photography; and i have a great passion for all music – old and new.
As you may notice, my header is an interesting amalgamation of me, science and Pokemon. I am a child of the 90’s after all – and the Pokemon games were a huge part of my childhood! My good friend and excellent graphic designer Vector That Fox drew me that picture for my last birthday, and i love it!
So… what is the aim of this blog?? To talk about the things i like, honestly – mainly going to be about science. Fingers crossed i am going to have some superb guest bloggers, and i am planning some collaborative co-authored posts too. My focus will be microbiology and molecular biology, but all science is awesome, so expect some variety. I also talk passionately about mental and physical health issues in education and academia; the ‘student experience’; and the trials, tribulations and joys of academia – among other things. First up I am going to re-blog my first two posts for the Sheffield University blog. Please give them a read, and i would really appreciate any feedback, even if this is just a ‘like’ or a ‘share’, it takes no time at all, but lets me know i’m doing the right thing!
Thanks for reading, and the science will follow!