• Question: who is your current inspiration

    Asked by nans499age on 1 Feb 2024. This question was also asked by cast1nada.
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      Martin McCoustra answered on 1 Feb 2024:


      This a difficult question to answer and to be honest I find inspiration in more than just people. For me, it is probably problems that can inspire me most in making me think about them.

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      Bruno Silvester Lopes answered on 1 Feb 2024:


      My only inspiration is Barbara McClintock. She is an American scientist and cytogeneticist. She remains the only woman who has received an unshared Nobel Prize in physiology for discovering jumping genes (yes, you heard it right…there are genes in humans as well as in bacteria that can jump around, this can lead to for instance, increase in antibiotic resistance)

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      David Bremner answered on 2 Feb 2024:


      I’m inspired by those facing multiple life challenges and/or obstacles to make success harder to achieve who are determined to overcome all that is thrown at them and who continue to be or do the best that they can.

      This is how i live my life, i do my best at everything i do, and as long as i know i could not do anymore then the outcome is what it is.

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      Alexander de Bruin answered on 2 Feb 2024:


      this will sounds corny, but my wife! She’s an inspirational science teacher and dedicates so much of her life and brainpower (she’s got 3 degrees including a PhD!) to inspiring the next generations of scientists.
      Other than that I find smaller inspirations from my team, my boss, and my colleagues, all of whom provide me with things to learn from and be inspired by.

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      Erin Pallott answered on 2 Feb 2024:


      In my work, I take inspiration from all the other PhD students around me. Everyone has a certain area they are great at.
      In general, I’m inspired by my partner! A PhD is a very stressful and difficult task, and he teaches me a lot about keeping calm, relaxing, and enjoying the little things in life.

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      Margaret Laurie answered on 2 Feb 2024:


      I take lots of inspiration from others! I think my colleagues, who work very hard to ensure that Brick Clubs are set up and running smoothly, so that I can then go in with my research questions

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      Viviene Dela Cruz answered on 4 Feb 2024:


      One of the top ones I have right now is Hedy Lamarr! She’s an amazing woman who invented things and created the technology we use now in WiFi, GPS, and the like! Many people know her more for her looks as she was very pretty and was a Hollywood star. The work she’s done with advancing technology truly inspires me! 🙂

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      Sharron Kenny answered on 5 Feb 2024:


      my current inspiration is a lady called jane toogood on the hydrogen comitee. i admire her because she is a very good speaker. she sounds just like an everyday person with an everyday life. juggling family life and work life. yet also being a brilliant scientist an ambasador and a great female role model.

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      Michael Schubert answered on 5 Feb 2024:


      I know about so many inspirational people that it’s hard to say! Right now, my two main inspirations are Jon Copley (a marine biologist who studies the deep ocean and is also a science communicator) and Ben Barres (a neurobiologist who studied brains, brain diseases, and sexism in science).

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      Kirsty Lindsay answered on 6 Feb 2024:


      Kinda cheesy- but my 6-year Old- she is in to everything, and everything is interesting for her. In science it helps to keep that child-like wonder at the world.

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      Kirsty Ross answered on 15 Feb 2024:


      My current inspirations are the students that I am working with. They are finding new and exciting ways to share information found in Wikidata, and I am thoroughly enjoying watching them discover its possibilities.

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