Hormone together: thanks and farewell Lauren Drogos

Towards the end of January Real Scientists was hosted by Lauren Drogos (@LDrogosPhD), Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Calgary and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

Lauren covered an impressive breadth of topics over the week, and starting off the hashtag #labprank, must rate an honourable mention.

This system of colour-coded vials would surely make any organised mind swoon…

And things also got a bit slobbery at times…

Lauren graciously accepted our request to complete the post-curation interview, and her answers are below.


In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

It was fantastic! I had so much fun, and got so many great questions.

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

Yes, oh my goodness it took me at least a day to get used to having so many responses. I would up limiting my notifications in TweetDeck, and shutting the notifications off on my phone. My phone was buzzing so much, my battery was draining before lunch!

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

I loved reading all of the creative lab pranks.

I’m not sure if this was a lowlight, but I would feel terrible when people would ask me to talk about a topic that I was unfamiliar with.

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

Yes, I chose to go broad and cover a lot of topics. Because of this, there was a lot of really cool research that I just didn’t get to!

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

Yes, I totally had a plan. My goal was to cover background information the first day, and in mornings (i.e. the hormones involved in the menstrual cycle). Then get deeper into the literature in the evenings.

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

Try curating a smaller rocur before RS. I curated @neurotweeps, and it was a good place to figure out what content worked well and what flopped.

Thanks once again Lauren from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from her week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.


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