Keep calm, carry on, but don’t keep quiet

See also Chapter 4.1 of Smashing Physics.

I have been dealing with cuts in science since 2007. It can be draining and depressing, but I have learned at least two important lessons.

The HERA collider started up for the first time just as I was finishing my doctoral research. I was on “safety shift” on the ZEUS detector on one of the very early nights of data-taking. ZEUS was a massive particle detector, about 20 metres high and hidden behind concrete shielding. Safety shift was a good one for inexperienced grad students. Just plod around every hour reading dials and ticking a list, and report anything strange to the shift leader.

Continued on The Guardian.

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About Jon Butterworth

UCL Physics Prof working on LHC, dad, dodgy guitarist, Man City fan in exile.
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