• Question: what do you do on a everyday daily basis

    Asked by ChickenChowMeinNoodles to Zoe, Kai, Jose Eliel, Hannah, Hamid, Claire on 11 Mar 2019. This question was also asked by katie.
    • Photo: Claire Greenwell

      Claire Greenwell answered on 11 Mar 2019:


      Mostly work on my computer! I’ll be looking for some data – there have been a lot of measurements taken with a lot of different satellites and telescopes, so finding the useful stuff can be a part of the challenge sometimes. Then I might try and compare some of the data on interesting objects – for example find the optical measurements, and see if they tell me anything about what’s going on inside the object. For example, based on some features you can tell how much of different elements are present, or what temperature they’re at. We also have seminars some days – this is when someone from my group (or someone visiting) gives a talk on the work they’ve been doing so we can all find out about it and ask questions. I also have to spend some time helping teach the undergraduates.

    • Photo: Zoe Wimshurst

      Zoe Wimshurst answered on 11 Mar 2019:


      I do a whole range of different things each day.
      Some days I will be working directly with athletes so I travel to wherever they train and then do short sessions with them in between their other training.
      Some days I am doing research so I might be collecting data by having people take part in my experiments – or more often analysing a writing up the data so I will be in front of a computer!
      Some days I am teaching at university (or planning lessons or marking assignments) so would be in a classroom with a group of students.

      I would estimate that roughly one day a week I am out working with athletes and the rest of the time I am in university either working in my office or teaching students

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