The scientist as political tourist: the perils of pairing

On Wednesday last week (31 October 2012), BBC Radio Four’s ‘Today’ programme featured a scheme run by the Royal Society to promote interaction and engagement between civil servants, Parliamentarians and scientists. According to their website, the ‘Pairing Scheme’ seeks to match participating scientists ‘with either an MP or civil servant and the Royal Society supports …

The story of ‘of’

Since moving away from linguistics and into Science and Technology Studies (STS), I have often been asked what I am (a question I dread) and what I do (a question that is slightly more easy to answer). These questions came back to me recently when reading a very interesting article in New Scientist about the …

Making Thoughts Public

After writing my first blog a week or so ago, I was sitting on the bus chatting to the daughter of a very old acquaintance of mine, a now retired lecturer in French, for whom I did a module once a long time ago after I had arrived in Nottingham at the beginning of the …