Oh, le blog du doc’ is putting this back onto the table. I completely forgot to play the game (originally from here some while ago), so here’s my take. This is sort of proudly putting badges about your way of living sciences (that’s obviously leading to a lot of weird things happening to you). So here are mine:
The “talking science” badge.
That’s not just fondness any more I guess, science is the eternal discussion subject. Science maniac!
The “I blog about science” badge.
It once was until recently. It will be back as soon as I have more time for blogging science.
The “arts and crafts” badge.
I took many a pict of crystals on edges of microscope slides. Maybe I’ll post them someday…
The “inappropriate nocturnal use of lab equipment in the name of alternative science experimentation” badge.
Well, only for soft use. Don’t let me alone with a microscope. I am obcessed with minute details of the world.
The “destroyer of quackery” badge.
I debated a pharmacist about the complete lack of evidence for homeopathy within his own pharmacy, before amazed consummers. It took him a full year to find a scientific article showing unconvincing results.
The “sexing up science” badge.
Oops. Yes, I was involved in emasculating, crossing and selfing several plant species. I even once was learnt how to prepare shrimps to mate (I tell you, it’s so tricky I wouldn’t be able to do it again). Or would that also count ?
The “I can be a prick when it comes to science” badge.
It happens. Hopefully I am still quite quiet when it comes to homeopathy or alternative medecines, and just amazed by creationists, though stupidity can help me using bird names if it helps the guy to understand the level of his arguments.
The “has frozen stuff just to see what happens” badge (LEVEL II)
I once did music using a spatula on dry ice. Not a symphony bit still interesting… You may try it yourself.
The “inordinately fond of invertebrate” badge.
The “I’ve done science with no conceivable practical application” badge.
Pollen morphology studies. Well, maybe it doesn’t count if you’re liberal enough as to find taxonomic study usefull.
The “knows how to collect semen from more than one species” badge.
That’s way more easy in plants… Though that’s not always true.
The “I know what a tadpole is” badge.
Hopefully, since I recently applied to a job that involves knowing this.
The “I’m a scientist who is fundamentally opposed to administrative duties” badge.
A few years ago, there was a research reform in France to increase “fairness” in the science market. Became an administrative nightmare for anybody in need to buy exotic things to prove they could not buy these things from a different seller…
The “cloner” badge.
I cloned a gene involved in control of chloroplastic division, i.e. from prokaryotic origin (and cloning it in E. coli was not straightforward at all). I finally got a defective gene…
The “science has forced me to seek medical attention” badge
In the fields. I usually keep insisting on safety to students, but sometimes things happen. (Details here, in French).
The “somewhat confused as to what scientific field I actually belong to” badge
Don’t ask, I am walking the grand phylogeny from animals to plants, from cells to populations. Definitely lost in translation. Or maybe I’m just still a generalist…
The “world’s foremost expert on an obscure subject” badge.
Hey! I’m an expert in the evolution of pollen morphology in Asparagales! But there are a few other people I can speak with, at Kew Botanical Gardens.
The “works with very small and potentially dangerous organisms” badge.
Pollen grains may cause allergies, right? Not mine? Not small enough?Nevermind.
The “works in feces” badge.
Yep, field work is often crazy. Plants usually don’t start flowering when they should. Or they do it to early. Or not at all. And you may have to control their sex life (try to keep a flower out of pollinators but still manage to have it living in the same conditions than non-control plants!).
The “has done science whilst under the influence” badge.
Ah, that’s what happens when PhD defenses occut too early in the morning.
The “I’ve eaten what I study” badge.
I’ve been eating almost everything I’ve been working on so far: silk worms, cassava, shrimps, garlic and onion, pollen, strawberries. One exception: the European Ash tree. I’ve also been smoking tobacco, does it count the same as eating?
The “I didn’t bathe at all for an entire month, because of science” badge.
That’s what field work is all about. I didn’t went so far, but you sometimes end your day very late and begin the following day very early…
The “I may look like a scientist, but I’m actually also a pirate” badge.
Supposedly standing for evolutionnary biologists. Let it be so.
Now I guess that’s quite it. Science is also a lot about funny experiences and adventures. Be it even gross flat failures.