Francesca Day
Francesca Day is a PhD student in theoretical physics and a science communicator and comedian.

Entries by Francesca Day

How I Started Taking Charity Seriously

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (21:33)

I've always liked to think of myself as I nice person. I helped my friends with their homework. I volunteered at a homeless shelter. I gave money to charity. Surely I was as ethical as it was possible to be? I have always believed that all of us are fundamentally...

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The Art of Science Communication: Five Lessons from the British Science Festival

(0) Comments | Posted 22 September 2013 | (17:20)

As a fledgling science communicator, the British Science Festival was a chance to see the experts at work. Science communication is a tricky business. How do you convey to your audience concepts that took you years to grasp yourself? How much detail is too much detail? Most importantly,...

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Why it's Important for Everyone That Men Can Graduate in Skirts

(0) Comments | Posted 1 September 2013 | (21:32)

The University of Cambridge has recently dropped gendered dress codes for graduation. Men can now choose to wear a skirt to their graduation ceremony, and women have the option of wearing a suit. Even though I expect that the vast majority of students will chose to stick with...

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Nobody Asks Whether Men Can 'Have it All'

(51) Comments | Posted 28 August 2013 | (00:00)

Last November, I wrote here as a Women of the Future Awards shortlister, arguing that science should not be considered unfeminine. As nominations open once more for the 2013 awards, I have taken the next step in my scientific career and will be starting a PhD in theoretical physics this...

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Science and Femininity

(1) Comments | Posted 31 October 2012 | (23:00)

Some uncomfortable truths have recently been unearthed about being a young woman in science. Researchers at Yale University sent application materials for a laboratory manager position to 127 different professors at research-intensive universities. Each professor received an identical application, but 63 were assigned a male name and 64 a female...

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