Presentations and teaching

The Dark Side of Science.

2014/12/02 // 19 Comments

A little step sideways from small-angle scattering for this week’s post. As you are probably aware by now, I sometimes use the LaN weblog to crystallize ideas into something resembling a coherent story. This is needs to be done now, as I am preparing another presentation (due late January), one that covers a tangential topic from my usual repertoire: a little overview of bad tidings in science. This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.


Applications of SAXS: Self-assembled Structures

2014/09/09 // 0 Comments

[Ed: It looks like there is more interest than I thought in the field of SAXS; the “Everything SAXS” review paper has been downloaded over 10000 times!] One more application we found for small-angle scattering was to research structures molecules assemble in when immersed in liquids. Many of us are familiar with the micellar structures that appear in water-based solutions, but what happens in other solvents?


Applications of SAXS: Fibres

2014/09/01 // 0 Comments

I started working with small-angle scattering when investigating fibres during a (fun) company internship at Teijin Aramid. The most recent developments of our work in that field is summarized in this video to show SAXS applications in that field.


Applications of SAXS: Metal alloys

2014/08/25 // 0 Comments

This week another segment of my presentation, recorded in a slightly different format this time (hopefully for the better, the previous one on SAXS on catalysts can be seen in this post). This time, I discuss an application of SAXS application in the field of metallurgy.


Applications of SAXS: Catalysts (Video)

2014/08/18 // 1 Comment

Hi all, I have started recording parts of the presentation I have given throughout this year. One part of the presentation consists of a number of application examples of SAXS. Herewith the first of the examples involving catalysts.


Lessons from history: a look at GE’s early outreach videos

2014/07/07 // 1 Comment

[ed: I’m giving a general SAXS talk at BESSY, the Berlin synchrotron on Friday the 11th at 10:00 local time. Contact me or Andreas Thünemann at BAM for more information] Whenever I think of General Electric, I imagine a stereotypical American company: a top-heavy organization, forcing its employees to learn and recite GE’s mission statement, run by armies of beancounters and administrators who are trying their best to increase value for the shareholders while running everything else into the ground. This, of course, in stark contrast to the academic world typified by: a top-heavy organization, encouraging its undervalued employees to slave away for the dream of doing something of worth in the little time they have left besides doing administrative tasks, while the army of beancounters and administrators are trying their best to satisfy the research assessment committees and running everything else into the ground. Anyway, I digress… GE has released some films from their early days of bright bulbs working in their research laboratories, some of which are very relevant to X-ray sciences. These videos are very interesting for a variety of reasons…


Travel part 1: York and Leeds

2014/05/15 // 1 Comment

York and Leeds, the first 40% of the presentations all done. Still to go: Lille, Birmingham and Nottingham, and a few synchrotron days in between. Read on for the experiences at the first two places:


The making of… a SAXS presentation

2014/05/05 // 0 Comments

Over the last few weeks, I have been working mostly on preparing presentations. It’s not just for the upcoming fun European Tour, but I also gave a 30-minute presentation for a selection committee. This is a part of the application procedure for a permanent position here (though the application process won’t be finished for a while yet), so it was kind of important to get it right. To shed some light on how to go about preparing one of these presentations, I thought I would deviate this week from the normal SAXSy topics to explain the process I go through when setting the application talk.

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