Archive for physics

Sentimental Education

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“… The other night I was having a drink with some colleagues after work. Various topics came up, but we spent a bit of time talking about teaching. It appears that I’m in a small minority of my physics colleagues in that I actually like teaching. In fact, the older I’ve got the more I enjoy it. There’s always a limit, of course …” (more)

[In the Dark, 10 March]


Does gender bias affect physics teaching?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“According to a recent US study, students think males are more knowledgeable than females when it comes to teaching physics …” (more)

[Communicate Science, 5 August]

‘Bologna Reforms: The Case of Physics’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“Never heard of the Stakeholders Tune European Physics Studies initiative (STEPS)? But what about the Trans-national European Evaluation Project (TEEP)? Come on, so you do know the head of the SOCRATES program at your department/university?! And she might be the head of the local branch of the Thematic Network (TN) in physics …” (more)

[science:biophysics //NBI, 10 February]

Heat and temperature

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 14 January 2010 by Steve

“The teaching semester began again at 9.15 this morning. First day back, I’m always struck by how much I enjoy being in the classroom. I think it’s because lecturing is basically a performance, with never a dull moment; anything can go wrong and usually does! I also quite like big classes, it makes for a good atmosphere … Then there’s the content. This morning 1st Science got to meet Heat and Temperature for the first time …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Antimatter, 13 January]

TCD Physics Researcher Honoured

Posted in research with tags , , on 21 December 2009 by Steve

“Professor John Pethica, a Science Foundation Ireland-funded Professor of Physics at Trinity College Dublin and visiting Professor at Oxford University has been appointed Physical Sciences Secretary and Vice President of The Royal Society, the world’s oldest science academy, on the eve of the Society’s 350th anniversary in 2010 …” (more)

[Irish Developer, 21 December]

In search of the next Stephen Hawking

Posted in research with tags , on 4 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Without fanfare or ceremony, the most celebrated scientist in the country, Stephen Hawking, quietly stepped down this week from the most prestigious post in British physics. Hawking’s successor as Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University will be decided by committee this month, but as he moves on, leading physicists warn that Britain risks losing the next generation of great minds. Government pressure on universities is diverting researchers away from purely intellectual problems and on to sure-fire money-making projects, physicists say …” (more)

[Ian Sample, Guardian, 2 October]

Did you see the big bubble in Trinity College today?

Posted in Life with tags , , on 31 July 2009 by Steve

Ireland“They were pushing a big bubble around Trinity College this morning. Well okay, not a bubble – a zorb – but it was all to do with the new exhibit at the Science Gallery , entitled ‘Bubble’, appropriately enough. The interactive exhibition – promising fizz, froth and foam – runs from tomorrow, July 31 culminating with a Foam Party as part of Culture Night on September 25th …” (more)

[, 30 July]