I’ve been getting quite a lot done since I last posted. First, I was on the radio again for another episode of Mission Impossible. If you missed it, you can listen again here. This week I was co-presenting. I was a little nervous as it was my first time, but I think it went ok. In the episode we have:
- Run-down of the latest science news
- Discussion with our studio guest of the week, Dr Tara La Force
- Interview with Professor Mike Hulme about his latest book, Why We Disagree About Climate Change
- Everyone’s favourite Call My Scientific Bluff
- Interview with some of Imperial’s engineering students about their entry in to the Isle of Man motorbike race
- A roundup of the latest Web2.0 news
- And an interview with astrobiologst Dr Lewis Dartnell
As well as making some radio I’ve also been writing articles for the Print module of the course. This involves finding a story and interviewing relevant people, which can be a bit tricky when you’ve got tight deadlines and scientists won’t return your calls or emails! Thankfully it’s going ok so far, but each assignment requires more interviewees. For the final piece, due in a couple of weeks, I have to talk to three people. Just getting one can be difficult enough, so that should be interesting…
I also had the opportunity to go along to a discussion between Alan Rusbridger, the editor of the Guardian, and Sir Roy Anderson, the Imperial College Rector. The pair talked for a bit about their thoughts on science and the media, and then I got to ask the first question - how well is the media handling swine flu? - which was nice if mildly intimidating.
The talk was over too soon unfortunately, as both men are obviously very busy with limited time, but was followed by a wine reception in the Senior Common Room. Myself and the other sci-comm students descended on the free wine like, well, students nabbing free wine, and I got to talk to some interesting people.
Coming up in the next few weeks is…the end of term. Somehow it’s less than a month away, which seems crazy as it feels like I only just started my new modules. And the less said about fast approaching deadlines, the better…