Due to rampant misogyny and institutionalized machismo at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) we are leaving for a healthier place. Thanks to the very few people who were an exception to the rule.
#MeToo moves south
Science 21 Feb 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6480, pp. 842-845
We are so so happy that Simon Navia, our latest physics student at UC, is moving closer to biological physics as he just got accepted at U.Chile’s physics graduate school! There we will keep researching with Simon in the context of our Millennium Nucleus on Active Matter Physics.
We had an awesome learning experience in Aysen! We visited U. Aysen and together, with students from Liceo Josefina Aguirre Montenegro in Coyhaique and from Liceo Rural Cerro Castillo in Cerro Castillo, constructed a HomeScope for each of the schools’ DIY biology groups. We learned so much about the the role Open Science Hardware can play in connecting rural and urban youths with Nature and ecosystems. Thank you all for teaching us so much and making us have so much fun! Thanks to Fondecyt 1191893 for making this possible.
Congrats to Alfredo L’Homme for taking HomeScope (http://biotexturas.org) to Shenzhen Maker Faire 2019 and win 2 Blue Ribbons!
We are super ultra exited to have Carles visiting us for six months! Carles is a physics graduate from Barcelona who is know pursuing a Ph.D. in music at UNAM in Mexico. Carles is also part of Interspecifics, a art/science/research collective we admire and love to collaborate with in order to speculate together about communications with other species. In particular, we are all trying to talk and listen to bacteria.
We are so happy Alfredo was awarded the Chinese Government Fellowship to move to China to pursue graduate education. Alfredo is joining OpenFIESTA in Shenzhen to pursue a Master program in Biology, Nanosciences, and Informatics.
Pablo, our first physics undergraduate, conducted amazing work helping us up understand the statistical physics of swarming. Also developed great computer vision algorithms. We wish the best of lucks to Pablo who is now moving to Georgia Tech’s Q-biology school to pursue his Ph.D. in biological physics.
We are super super happy Miles (Wetherington) won a Conicyt graduate fellowship to support his graduate research! Miles studies the collective behavior of bacteria in synthetic ecosystems. He constructs spatially distributed landscapes of habitat using micro-fabrication and uses them to challenge bacteria on-chip. Well deserved Miles!
We are so happy to be in our beloved Hong Kong to join Ed Tech Asia’s AI + Education conference where Juan will be part of the panel Cultivating the Creative Edge through Technology and Janneke will be discussing HomeScope as a platform to hybridize education and research using open science hardware!
We are very happy we have been awarded new research funds from Conicyt-Chile via it’s instrument Fondecy Regular 2019. We will use these funds to study swarming and collective intelligence in soil bacteria!