Presentation: Blood and Other Complex Fluids (Pint of Science 2019)

This year I got the chance to present at Pint of Science in Hamilton! From their website: Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. You don't need any prior knowledge, and this is your … Continue reading Presentation: Blood and Other Complex Fluids (Pint of Science 2019)


Talking science on AlmaMac

Today I was on CFMU's AlmaMac radio show! Vanessa Morris, Brittany Duggan and I spoke to Sawayra Owais about the Pint of Science event we are speaking at. The show is every Thursdays at 12:00 pm. Listen on the CFMU website every week, and check out today's episode here.

Mechanism of Contact between a Droplet and an Atomically Smooth Substrate

I had another article published on SoftBites! This one is about what happens when droplets are dropped on atomically flat surfaces, and how this experiment refined our understanding of fluid flow at interfaces. Plus, the videos are gorgeous!


Floating droplets shed new light on the flow of fluid at interfaces

Original article: Mechanism of Contact between a Droplet and an Atomically Smooth Substrate

When an experiment doesn’t behave the way we expect, either our understanding of the relevant physics is flawed, or the phenomenon is more complicated than it appears. When a theoretical prediction is off by two orders of magnitude – like what was observed in this recent paper by Hua Yung Lo, Yuan Liu, and Lei Xu of the Chinese University of Hong Kong – something is seriously wrong.

If Lo and colleagues drop a liquid droplet onto a smooth, flat surface, it will take on an equilibrium shape which depends on the properties of the liquid and solid materials at the interface (eg. water on Teflon will form a nearly perfect spherical drop while water on stainless steel will spread out, forming a spherical cap)…

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My blog sucks: my journalism school application

This week I applied ta a 2-week science journalism summer school. The focus of the summer school includes "experimenting with new forms of scientific storytelling". Part of the application included a letter of intent, and as I wrote it, it started to turn into more of a personal manifesto. Here it is, more or less, … Continue reading My blog sucks: my journalism school application