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Hello everyone! I’m a PhD student studying atmospheric physics; Arctic snow, at the moment, to be more specific. Most of my work is of the computational/data analysis variety, though I’m working both with data from remote sensing observations and from models. I spend much of my time wrangling large datasets with Python, but thankfully, I enjoy doing it (most of the time)!

Incidentally, the research group I’m in now has a long history of duplicated names

When I joined, there were two people with very similar names, and now there’s two people whose names are very similar to mine

I’m emailing back and forth between someone whose name differs by only one letter from mine, and I’m thinking it’s only a matter of time before I accidentally get our names mixed up and sign off as them

The down side of a woman - any woman - becoming the "face" of a scientific endeavour is that hordes of internet misogynists will descend to question her contributions and expertise:

> “There are women involved in every single step of this amazing project,” said Sara Issaoun, 24, a graduate student at Radboud University in the Netherlands who worked on the research [...] But Ms. Issaoun warned against a “lone-wolf success” narrative. “The diversity and group effort and the breadth of our collaboration, I think, is worth celebration,” she said."

Minor pet peeve. Why do journal websites still insist on a "download citation" link instead of giving the option to just display copyable text on screen?

How many files containing a single reference, called "citation.bib" do you think I need, publishers??

Too bad I’ve been too swamped with work all day to read up more on it, but I did get to see the unveiling, and that was cool!

What does today's black hole image news mean? Our @ChandraXRay Observatory team puts it into perspective and shares just what a difficult feat it was for @NSF and @EHTelescope to obtain the new black hole image. Read more about #EHTBlackHole: 

Here is a side by side comparison of todays released EHT Reconstruction and a simulation that matches the result.

Current mood: neglecting working on my own research in favour of getting excited about Sagittarius A*

See that white tree there amongst the green ones? I'm not certain, but I think it's an albino.

Like animals, some tress are born as albinos, devoid of pigments due to a genetic mutation. Without photosynthetic pigments, a tree cannot harvest energy from sunlight and normally wouldn't survive. But in a rainforest, any tree will be nurtured by the rest of its community, sharing resources through their roots. Even a tree unable to give anything back.

Image credit: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

All my colleagues in my research group are really friendly and chill, I’m so grateful for all of them!

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To be clear, I do really want to do field work, it’s just that the opportunity has yet to present itself (though I do tell basically everyone I meet)

I very much enjoy my research, but it makes me a bit sad every time someone gets disappointed when they ask me if I do field work and I say “no”

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"Dr?" ... I don't know, I think I'll go with the gender-neutral "Dx"

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