CURRICULUM VITAE AND INTERVIEWS
Full member of Association of British Science Writers.
Member of Equity.
Member of the Institute of Physics; awarded Chartered Physicist status June 1999.
Member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.
Awarded Chartered Scientist status October 2004.
April 2002-March 2011, Visiting Fellow in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sussex.
The Indian Particle Man shortlisted for 'The best scripted/edited radio programme on a science subject' category of the Syngenta ABSW Science Writers' Awards 2005.
The Way Science Works shortlisted for the Junior Prize in the Aventis (now Royal Society) Prizes for Science Books, 2003.
Merit Award winner in 1994 Daily
Telegraph Young Science Writer of the Year competition.
AND JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS:
1992-1996 D.Phil in Physics, University of Sussex, using thermoluminescence to study defects in crystals.
Scientific papers published: "Thermoluminescence of Calcium Fluoride doped with Neodymium" J.Phys.Condens.Matter 6(1994) 9255-9266; "Cathodoluminescence and depth profiles of tin in float glass" J.Phys.D 27(1994) 1757-1762. Abstracts published: "Analysis of Glow Peaks Near Room Temperature" in proceedings of Luminescence and ESR Research Seminar, University of Sussex, 1995, ISBN 1874465 23 1; two abstracts (on papers mentioned above) for 1993 International Conference on Luminescence, Connecticut USA.
1989-1992 BSc (Hons) in Physics, University of Sussex. Final year project: Defect studies in window glass.
1986-1988 BTEC Diploma in Science Northbrook College. Awarded the Blue Circle Industries Prize for BTEC Diploma in Science (Second Year), 1988.
PRESENTING, AND OTHER
ACTIVITIES AT UNIVERSITY:
1994-1996 also employed by the department as a Teaching Assistant, concurrently taking a Teaching and Learning Course. My teaching duties between 1993 and 1996 included preliminary year workshops, undergraduate teaching labs (1st and 2nd year), tutoring two 1st year courses, and jointly supervising a 3rd year project.
1994/95 Consultant Tutor for Open
research/life as a research student.
Summer 1994 conceived, produced and co-presented a video of department to show to prospective candidates on admissions day.
Summer 1992, Tutor and live-in chaperone on "Girls into Physics" summer school at Sussex University, designed to encourage 15-16 year old school girls to study Physics.
1990-1991 Chairman of School Joint Committee (a staff/student committee) for department. Organised and fronted large social events, improved departmental facilities and liaised between students/staff/faculty university wide.
1992-95 Term-Time. Guided tours of some laboratories for prospective students or their parents.
1993-94 Student Liaison Officer for department. Liaised between students and faculty, organised Fresher's events, helped solve students' academic/personal problems, chased up non-attendees, helped on interview days.
Throughout 2011, took BBC Safeguarding Trust Dilemmas modules in: Radio (v2); Journalism (v1); Online (v2); Factual TV (v2); Factual Drama (v1); Observational Documentaries (v1); and TV (v1).
February 1997, attended an Editing Skills Workshop run by the University of Sussex.
1978-1984 attended weekly elocution/drama lessons, and took exams in spoken poetry and prose at the Poetry Society, London.
6 months (Oct 1988-Mar 1989) as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer, Biochemistry Department, Worthing Hospital. Duties included testing blood for rheumatoid arthritis.
6 weeks (1987) at Eurotherm plc (manufacturer of industrial temperature controllers), on production lines and in quality control department as part of my BTEC Diploma in Science.