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This blog is currently on hiatus owing to work commitments. Whilst I still keep an eye on the goings on at RiAus, and contribute to the work of the good folks at eLife, little will be added to this blog for the foreseeable future. Simon Says remains open for business, albeit at a reduced capacity. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope the archive of content found here will prove to be of interest.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Monday Science: The Happy Birthday DNA Show


TWO weeks ago I attended the Communicating Your Science workshop organised by the Genetics Society and held at Chicheley Hall, a country mansion owned by the Royal Society. The workshop focused on storytelling, communication in interdisciplinary research, scientific writing, publishing, business and radio broadcasting. I absolutely loved it. As part of this, we were challenged by The Naked Scientists crew to create a 15 minute radio show, with less than 24 hours notice, to be recorded as live with no interruptions. Above is a link to the show my group created, which just so happened to be recorded on 25th April 2013, the 60th anniversary of the Watson and Crick paper in which the structure of DNA was revealed. We were allowed some pre-recorded segments, which is where I feature along with our vox pops from 'the streets of Milton Keynes' (actually the staff in the venue, hence the tweeting birds in the background). Consequently I had no live vocals so I took on the role of show producer, gesticulating silently to signify timings, panic and relief when it was all over!

Disclaimer: as this was done so quickly, the science in it may not be completely accurate. It was more for the experience of putting a show together than for complete accuracy.

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