Welcome to ScienceGrrl Nottingham!
Here you will be able to find out what we are getting up to in Nottingham and what we have in store for the future. We are a brand new chapter and we will be having our first gathering very soon so watch this space for details.
Why not join us? We will be having regular social meet ups and getting involved with some fun events so please check this page for details. If you have some exciting ideas of your own and would like us to help/get involved then please get in touch.
Mathematicians on a mission
In August 2014 Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford University, became the first woman to win the Fields Medal for achievements in mathematics, a medal comparable in prestige to a Nobel Prize, first awarded in 1936. Although around 40% of the UK undergraduates in mathematics are women, there is a well-documented leaking pipeline when it comes to women choosing to do a PhD and then choosing an academic career path. The proportion of women mathematicians declines rapidly the higher one looks on the academic ladder.
Unfortunately, this often makes women who do choose this career path invisible, to students who are about to choose their A-levels, even to students who are already pursuing a maths degree. Therefore the women at the School of Mathematical Sciences at University of Nottingham have made some videos to become more visible and thus hopefully inspire others; fight stereotypes; talk about what it is like to be a mathematician in academia today and why they chose academia; communicate the passion they feel for what they do and what they love about it; describe the creativity needed for research. And yes – it can be combined with having a family!
Check out these videos here https://www.youtube.com/
Brownies discover the science of ice cream
Last month Nottingham ScienceGrrls Bethan Clifford and Jennie Lord, spent the morning with a group of Brownies looking at the science of a favourite summertime treat – ice cream! It’s easy to forget that we are surrounded by science; everyday objects and experiences we take for granted can be the result of sometimes simple, sometimes complex, scientific reactions. Using simple kitchen ingredients (crushed ice, table salt, sugar and milk) the girls were able to create their own ice cream and learn about some of the very precise chemical properties it has that give it the creamy texture we’re fond of. Not only did it taste great, but the girls learned that science doesn’t have to be restricted to a classroom; you can find it anywhere you want to look! Find out more about the event here.
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