Colne High School, Brightlingsea, near Colchester 1980-1987
All solid state physics: Leicester (BSc physics 1988-1991), Essex (MSc 1991-1992), Southamptons (PhD 1993-1999)
Melles Griot (nanotechnoolgy), Home Office (lots of things)
lots of things to do with physics and crime
The great thing about the job I do is that I make a real world difference. I have used my scientific knowledge to solve real world problems. I also like working with others to crack a problem.
Me and my work
I use my physics and general science background to help the police investigate crime.Read more
I am part of the physics and maths group at the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology. At the moment I am working on Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) which regularly gets used to catch criminals.
My Typical Day
I spend a lot of time working with police officers, sometimes traveling into thier world.Read more
I tend to start the day chatting to colleagues about the previous evening/weekend. I might have meetings with police contacts or other scientists. I do spend a lot of time organising and running projects to improve the way in which things are used. Of course I then spend even more time analysing the data that I get. I spend my evenings watching far too much telly and chatting to boyfriend/friends/family and discovering things using my laptop.
What I'd do with the money
I would plough it straight back into more events like this.Read more
We need more scientists which means we need to convince more young people that science doesn’t have to be thought of as dull and irrelevant.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
friendly, stubborn, silly
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Guns and Roses – I love a good head bang.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
A sky dive – see earlier comment about being silly
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Being able to sing well, never saying daft things, not having MS
What did you want to be after you left school?
To be honest I didn’t know specifically. It just had to be physics based.
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
When I was younger I got told off for talking too much (no surprise to those who know me) but later I became too much of a swat to get told off.
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Got my PhD despite lots of hassles
Tell us a joke.
What’s yellow and dangerous? ……… shark infested custard (you didn’t say it had to be original)
when will the next supernova occur?
why do we close our eyes when we sneeze?
Is there any type of food that can relieve stress?
why do we get bruises?
i was shocked to find out the other day that a strawberry yogart was not suitable for vegetarians. what are your
what is the meaning of normal?
if you could make a robot do anything, what would you make it do?
What is the most dangerous thing in science?
If one of our lungs failed would we die or just suffer with breathing?
What do you think about athletes that use performance enhancing drugs in sport?
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