A G-rat-ifying Trip to the Brain: Thanks and Farewell to Emma Burrows

emma-burrows-300x228Last week (7th) we had the inimitable Emma Burrows curating RealScientists. For a refresher on her background, pop back to her intro post here.

As a neuroscientist and a Douglas Adams fan, Emma entertained us with an engaging discussion covering the social life of mice, human brain development and #WomaninScience. If you missed it, you can catch up on all her tweets here.

It included a glance at what could be the language of the mice:

Young ones’ interpretation of the brain:

And a test to determine if we are smarter than mice (or if Adams was right all along):

For those who haven’t yet had their fill, start following @embws for more neuroscience and mouse whispering.

Lastly, as a part of our send-off tradition for curators, Emma was kind enough to share with us her experience:

How did you find your week as a curator?

The week flew by. Thoroughly enjoyed my time curating RS and really got a kick out of so many positive responses to my work. Thank you!

Were there any lowlights?

I initially felt pressure for not tweeting 24/7 but then realized I had to keep on living. I took many hrs out to spend time with my family and also to actually do science. I hoped that the RS followers would understand.

It can be a shock talking to 12,000. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

At first I likened tweeting for realscientists to the radio, but then quickly realized after returning to 100s of RTs and favourites that my words were more permanent than a sound bite uttered quickly and then spoken over. I managed to offend only 1/13,000 so I definitely survived. I loved the immediate conversation that followed my tweets. Realscientists followers are vocal, passionate and generous with their views.

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

I didn’t have a plan for my time as curator. I was happy to engage people in a number of conversations about my work and the way we do science more broadly. I was particularly pleased that I could freely talk about my work, which involves animal research.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Communicate your work passionately.

What TV show do you think everyone should go watch right now?

I don’t watch TV so haven’t any recommendations. Considering that TV watching and sedentary lifestyles increase risk for Alzheimer’s, I’d recommend heading out to the park for a walk or go see a live show.

Thank you Emma from the entire RS team for a wonderful week at the helm!

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