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Welcome to insight! PhySoc's podcast about the lives of academics!
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insight offers a look into the people behind our education, the stories that led to a lecturer writing physics equations on the whiteboard at the front of the your lecture theatre. Is there more to the lives of academics than just academia? When not deciphering the Universe, what drives them? Join us as we interview the academics making St Andrews.

FEATURED EPISODE

Patrick Geeraert

24 Jul 2022

An interview with Patrick Geeraert, whose long and successful career in CERN now culminates in leading the Science Gateway project. Having also done a 9-year detour to ESO, Patrick speaks about the coincidence that lead him to CERN in the first place, managing huge international science projects, and adds a few charming anecdotes.

LATEST EPISODES

EPISODE 6 | SPECIALS

CERN Mini-series Announcement

18 Jul 2022

We are very happy to announce a mini-series of interviews with researchers and other members of CERN. There are a few interviews lined up, but meanwhile, before they are ready, let's talk about the random places and things here in CERN :) Enjoy the summer!

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EPISODE 48 | ACADEMICS

Oriel Marshall

13 Jul 2022

In this wholesome interview, we speak with Oriel, a PhySoc alumnus and St Andrews Physics graduate. Where has life taken her, and what does she recommend to us - future graduates (and alumni <3 )? This interview is exceptionally full of laughing!

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EPISODE 47 | ACADEMICS

Dr Aleks Scholz

31 Mar 2022

!This interview was conducted in August 2021! Apologies for keeping it in the backlog for so long O:) Anyway, it's the JGT's (the largest telescope in the Observatory) 60th birthday this month, and we speak about it in the podcast, so there's a bit of up-to-date-ness. Also, did you know that Aleks has written several fiction books? Some of them are now donated to the student societies and you can find them in the Observatory! Enjoy listening (and reading! I recommend)!

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EPISODE 46 | ACADEMICS

Prof Graham Smith

04 Mar 2022

In this episode, Professor Graham Smith shares memories from when he lived in Uni Hall and gives some advice to students and young people starting their careers. Having created an instrument that is state-of-the-art in his field, and conducting research on it, he doesn't view this as his biggest achievement. So what is it? It's a very heartwarming interview, this one :)

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EPISODE 45 | ACADEMICS

Dr Helen Cammack

14 Jan 2022

Dr Helen Cammack speaks candidly about her research, teaching, and experience in academia. Messy hair and surprised people at the shop counters, the experience of early career researchers... all this and more in this episode of Insight! (This has been in our repository for a while, some references might be out of date, but the message remains ;) )

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EPISODE 5 | SPECIALS

Winter Special 2021

17 Dec 2021

Pop Christmas songs? On the organ? I think it worked great, but don't tell Mariah Carey! As an absolute layman, I was pleasantly surprised by how many different sounds the organ can make! And Matthew's jazzy Jingle Bells and the Mirroir piece really broke my prejudice about the instrument only being fit to play baroque or religious music. Enjoy your holiday, everyone!

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