Hello everyone, and a very happy new year to you all! I have had a (not-so-) little hiatus from the world of scicomm, taking a break from both my blog and Twitter to really get stuck in to the first year of my PhD. But as we celebrate the new year and I move into my second year, I am back and ready to start blogging again!
So what have I been up to? Well, over the summer months, I was super busy with my experiments in the lab, testing out methods and seeing if they would work to collect the data I wanted.
As Autumn arrived, two new undergraduate students joined the lab as I prepared for my 1st year review. I often found that there were just not enough hours in the day to get everything done that I wanted – trying to balance intensive lab work, supervising students, and writing up my first year report to summarise what I had done so far.
After submission of that I began to prepare for my big first year seminar – a 15 minute talk to two departments at my university. And then during my last few weeks before the Christmas break, I concentrated on finishing off any outstanding experiments and collecting my first bits of data.
And so all of this meant that my website had to take a back-seat as I tried to keep all of those other plates spinning. Now that I’ve had nearly two weeks off for the Christmas holidays, I am feeling (surprisingly) well-rested and ready to get back into the swing of science communication again. I have loads of exciting things planned for my blog this year which I really hope you will all enjoy. And I just want to thank those people that have continued to follow me, despite my absence.
Here’s to 2019!