Why I’m scared of writing about physics

I’m scared of writing about physics. There, I said it. For the past year, you might have noticed a suspicious lack of activity here on my blog and a lack of science communication posts on my Instagram page. In fact, the last time I made an explainer-style post was June of last year. I’ve been …

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How I stay organized as a PhD student

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of planning, scheduling and journaling. It’s the main way I tackle executive dysfunctioning and has become a crucial part of my life as a scientist and researcher. Getting the balance between organization and leaving room for flexibility, which is vital for researchers, can be a challenge. I often get asked to share the details of my planning system so I thought it was about time I wrote a blog post on it!

How I became a quantum physics researcher

A photo of Daisy Shearer, an experimental quantum physics researcher, in the physics laboratory. She is weating a yellow jumper and various laboratory equipment can be seen in the background.

I often get asked how I came to be an experimental quantum physicist. The general consensus when I tell people what I do seems to be that it’s something extraordinary. I will admit that it is perhaps unusual to be an autistic woman in this field, but things are definitely changing and I hope that over time we can overcome the gatekeeping and barriers keeping minority groups from physics.

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