14 March 2019: DISCnet student Heidi Thiemann quizzes MPs in Parliament
Heidi commented "I couldn't agree more with MP Chi Onwurah's answer to my question about how to reduce the STEM skills gap - we need to create more pathways into STEM, both through funding for adult education, and increasing the ways into STEM which don't require a degree."
Lorenzo told us about his research and placement project saying, "In my everyday life as a PhD student I study how galaxies and the giant dark matter structures they live in evolve in the Universe. Galaxies are all very different from each other, as they display a breadth of physical properties and can only be broadly classified according to certain schemes. All this diversity is the result of their different formation mechanisms. The same applies to human beings. All of us have different genes, that come from our ancestors, and live different lifestyles. So, in principle one could use the the same tools to describe both humans and galaxies. In particular, the range of diversity in humans is at the heart of the very well known fact that the outcome of a given medical treatment (i.e. drugs) can be very different from person to person. To this it should be added that in current medical practice measurement errors are not taken into account. These two factors taken together limit the efficiency and efficacy of clinical care, but it is not clear to what extent. Quantifying this was the scope of an internship I have undertaken during the past year at St. Thomas' Hospital, London, and the outcome of which I have presented at the STEM for Britain poster competition."