About EPC

Science geek, crafter, occasional blogger, feminist, motormouth.

I need your knitting! Knit a Neuron is BACK

I’m bringing back the event that kick-started my love of the knit and purl; Knit a Neuron!!!

I work at the University of Oxford, and part of my role is to run ‘engagement events’. The University as a whole is hosting a Curiosity Carnival on September 16th and 29th to teach the public about our research. I’m a neuroscientist by background, and in my eagerness to take part in the event I suggested they have a ‘Knit a Neuron’ installation. The aim is help kids make neurons, and teach them about brain and health research. Not only was this idea met with enthusiasm, I was asked to organise the whole thing.

This is where you, crafting community, come in.

Lots of scientists want to help on the day, but not all of them can knit! If you can knit or crochet a ‘cell body’ (the round part of the cell), it would be a great help to me and everyone attending and taking part in the event. Then all the non-crafters and kids need to do is plait the two end bits, which is much simpler than teaching 7 neuroscientists how to knit!

 

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Here’s one a Neuro-knitter made earlier.

 

Please contact me: emmacpalmer15 [at] gmail [dot] com for more information and patterns. Some suggestions from the original Knit a Neuron Project for Knitted 2-needle, 4-needle and crochet neurons.

At the end of the event I hope to have a wall of neurons representing the brain and its connections, and for kids to take some neurons home with them as a memento, so I need quite a few!

Please send any donations to Emma Palmer-Cooper, NDPHCS, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

Dr Emma Palmer-Cooper, NDPHCS, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

To my colleagues, on the death of their students’ grandmother(s)

I’ve re-blogged this article because it is a fantastic response to this other, terrible article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education (http://www.chronicle.com/article/To-My-Student-on-the-Death-/240353).

Students can be annoying, and flaky, and sometimes they’re telling porkies, but 99% of them are working hard 100% of the time, and rely on us for support- scholarly or otherwise. As educators we are here to support their learning, and this means if someone says their grandmother has died, we give them the support they ask for, and don’t mock them on the internet.

Tenure, She Wrote

It’s entirely possible that I’m just not cool enough to enjoy this “humorous,” “fictional” take on the the phenomena of students manufacturing dead grandmothers during finals week. Maybe it’s because my own grandmother died while I was in college, my grandfather died while I was in grad school, or another grandmother died in while I was in grad school  (are you keeping track? That’s two grandmothers). I missed her funeral to go to a postdoc interview, which is what she would have wanted (I got the job). As the child of divorced, remarried parents, I had four grandmothers, so if I was so unlucky as to have more than one die during the course of your class, then, gee, I guess I’d be in a pickle!

But seriously, I do not get the mentality of seeing your students as adversaries. I don’t get the need to dehumanize them with your…

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My MP replied to my letter about #tampontax

Over 24 hours after sending my email I’ve had a reply. I’m not really satisfied, because I think that a majority on this vote could have taken the issue to the EU with more credibility.

We negotiated with the EU in 2000 and got the tax cut from 17.5% to 5%, and I firmly believe that with enough support and campaigning we could remove the tax completely…across the EU. Why should UK women have more privilege regarding sanitary products compared to women of other EU member states?

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