Keep calm, carry on, but don’t keep quiet

See also Chapter 4.1 of Smashing Physics.

I have been dealing with cuts in science since 2007. It can be draining and depressing, but I have learned at least two important lessons.

The HERA collider started up for the first time just as I was finishing my doctoral research. I was on “safety shift” on the ZEUS detector on one of the very early nights of data-taking. ZEUS was a massive particle detector, about 20 metres high and hidden behind concrete shielding. Safety shift was a good one for inexperienced grad students. Just plod around every hour reading dials and ticking a list, and report anything strange to the shift leader.

Continued on The Guardian.

About Jon Butterworth

UCL Physics prof, works on LHC, writes (books, Cosmic Shambles and elsewhere). Citizen of England, UK, Europe & Nowhere, apparently.
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