About Heather Williams

http://www.manchester.academia.edu/HeatherWilliams

Heather helped establish ScienceGrrl in June 2012 and is ScienceGrrl's Director. Heather is a Senior Medical Physicist for Nuclear Medicine at Central Manchester University Hospitals and honorary Lecturer in the Centre for Imaging Sciences at Manchester University. She makes sure pictures of patients are top quality so the doctors can trust what they see, and tries out new and better ways of imaging the body’s functions. When she’s not working, Heather enjoys running, cycling and spending time with her sons.

Posts by Heather Williams:

This Summer You Can Do It Too!

The summer holiday is a great time to get inventing with kids. Airing on CBeebies, Bitz & Bob is the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) focussed animation for pre-schoolers that brings the fun of engineering home. One of the key principles of Bitz & Bob is to practice problem solving and we’re very(…)

Science Grrl at Bluedot: What to expect

For the last blog in our pre-Bluedot series, we thought it was about time we shared with you all the fun that the ScienceGrrl team will be getting up to at the intergalactic festival this weekend…. Located in the Star Field under the stunning Lovell Telescope, festival-goers visiting the Science Grrl stand will be able(…)

Science Grrl at Bluedot: Neurotrash

The content of this blog is explored in Angela Saini’s book, ‘Inferior: How science got women wrong and the new research that’s rewriting the story’. We encourage everyone to read this wonderful book! The brain is a wonderful organ that truly makes us who we are. But, unfortunately, it has been at the epicentre of(…)

ScienceGrrl at Bluedot: The Brain

From 20-22 July 2018 the Science Grrl team will be descending onto Jodrell Bank in Cheshire to de-bunk gender myths in science at Bluedot Festival. Ahead of the much-anticipated event, we’ll be posting some blogs to introduce the topics our team will be exploring at the festival. To begin our series, we’re starting by exploring(…)

Symmetries: A Zine about Science & The Arts

Symmetries is a zine all about the interconnections between physics and the arts. As a full time physicist and part time illustrator, I have always been passionate about communicating the similarities between physics and the arts. Zines are typically small-circulation self-published works that convey a niche topic – I thought that a zine would be(…)

The Unbreakable Bonds between Physics and The Arts

It’s often thought that science and art are polar opposites. At school, the methodical way scientific subjects are taught couldn’t be more different from the teaching of creative subjects. In fact, it was back in school that I remember trying to work out if I was a “scientifically-minded” or “creatively-minded” person, convinced that I couldn’t(…)

Invent a Way to Save the Day with Bitz & Bob

Imagine that your chances of pursuing a subject are dictated before you’ve even began to study it? There is clear evidence that children as young as 4 years are already beginning to develop basic stereotypical attitudes towards STEM subjects – all based on gender. The statistics speak for themselves: in the UK alone, the shortage(…)

Learning to talk

New year, new job. After 13 years as a Senior Medical Physicist at Manchester University Hospitals, I have just moved to the Christie Hospital to take up a new post as a Principal Medical Physicist. My new job involves particular responsibilities for teaching, which is one of the things I really really love doing. One(…)

Phoenix rising : Dr Clara Rodriguez

“I was born into an academic family. My father was a co-founder for the first University in my hometown, in Venezuela, and when I was just a baby my parents were both lecturers there. I spent the first years of my childhood playing in the hallways of Universidad Romulo Gallegos in San Juan de los(…)

Don’t shoot the messenger: the deeper problem behind the all-male Commons STC

In this piece we look at the reasons behind the all-male STC – and call for the Committee to take the opportunity to show leadership on equality, diversity & inclusion. On Monday 11th September, the House approved a motion to appoint an entirely male and predominantly white Science and Technology Select Committee (STC). This has(…)

“Well behaved women seldom make history” – Jess Wade reports back on #ICWIP2017

The International Conference on Women in Physics (ICWIP) is a triennial meeting that looks to “understand the severe under-representation of women worldwide and to develop strategies to increase their participation in physics”. The first was held in Paris in 2002 and 2017 marked its first return to Europe (while we’re still in Europe, I’m going(…)

A stellar Starmus? Tanya Urrutia reports

I am Tanya Urrutia, an astronomer at the Leibniz Institut fuer Astrophysik, in Potsdam, Germany. I work on the role of black holes and quasars in galaxy evolution. This week I attended Starmus IV in Trondheim, Norway. It is a festival celebrating astrophysical science and music and the role both of them play in society.(…)

ScienceGrrl reviews: Inferior by Angela Saini

When the Observer wanted a story on the origins of the menopause; it wasn’t exactly surprising that they asked a woman to research it.  What they may not have been anticipating was that instead, the author would become so fascinated by her findings that she would turn it into a book. Angela Saini is an(…)

Emma Schierbaum welcomes you to Baylab

New research finds that introverted students suffer disproportionately when it comes to practical science lessons in schools. Almost half of teachers consulted confirmed that introverted students were more likely to hold themselves back from taking part, rather than engage with hands-on experimentation, due to lack of equipment. Teachers said such students would continue to be(…)

100 Years of the Medical Women’s Federation: The Past, Present and Future

This week, we welcome Sarah McLoughlin of the Medical Women’s Federation, to tell us more about their work and events to mark their centenary next month: “Recently released stats by the GMC reveal that in 2017, 46% of registered doctors in the UK are now women and, with women also making up 55% of all(…)

Raising Dauntless Daughters

We’re tremendously excited to host this guest blog from Steph Green, founder of Dauntless Daughters. Steph lives in the West Midlands with her husband and two children, and believes the world would be a better place if we were surround by images and stories that showed our daughters how amazing women are. So she founded Dauntless Daughters, a(…)

Tiring of Twenty

For the past 30 years, girls have made up only 20 % of physics A-Level classrooms. Women make up only 9 % of professional engineers and only 11 % of physics professors. Dr Jess Wade reports back with some new, and very good news, from the launch of the Improving Gender Balance report from the Institute of(…)

Send #WomenInSTEM around the globe

To mark the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we present <insert drum roll here> this guest blog from Alice Gray, science blogger, creator of Gray Matter and the driving force behind some limited edition goodies which are being sold in aid of ScienceGrrl: “You have brains in your head. You have feet(…)

8 Reasons Why Kids Should Science More [Infographic]

Teacher? Parent? Big kid? Michael Hervas of Psysci.co recently sent this nice infographic which we wanted to share with you. He says: “We firmly believe that children should be encouraged to learn about science and be involved with science as much as they possibly can be, even from an early age. And we believe this(…)