Scientist Spotlight – Dr Julia Archbold

Found this via Norah Colvin’s blog at
I read the interview and had to reblog it myself! As a scientist myself (okay, I’m using that term loosely – I’m a geologist, and not a very good one, maybe C+ level) who wants to use my science background to become a teacher, it’s SO nice to be excited about science again! I hope to inspire young ones into a field of research just like Dr Julia Archbold (what? I can dream!).

Scientist SpotlightThis is my first interview for my Scientific Reasoning feature. The questions will be the same for each interviewee and I hope that they will give us some insight into the lives of a few of today’s scientists.


Dr Julia Archbold is a good friend of mine. We have known each other for many years and have worked together in the past in our twenties (ish). I admire Julia greatly, both as a scientist and as a person. She is warm and talented, with a quick wit and a very kind soul. She is about to embark on an exciting new adventure and I caught her just in time for this interview.

me: So I know you’re a scientist, but when did you decide to become a scientist? What were you thinking? (Not WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!?! but what made you decide that science was going to be your future?)

Julia: I…

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Weekly Haiku Challenge: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

“Fifty Shades of Grey…

Why’s it on Valentine’s Day?

That is just messed up.”

“Each to their own, yeah?

We’re free to like what we like.

You’re not forced to watch.”

“I don’t really care.

For me, Valentine’s is just

To eat cheap choc’late.”


In case you were wondering, I agree most with the final opinion 😉 Don’t even need to be in a relationship to reap the benefits of Valentine’s Day!

Thanks again to Ronovan for this week’s haiku challenge: Force and Free.