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About: Cat Vicente

Biography:
I was the community manager of the Node between May 2013 and May 2016. Before working for The Node I did a PhD on how centrosomes assemble using fruit flies as a model. You can follow me on twitter- @catcvicente
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Posts by Cat Vicente:

Desiccated embryos at the piano

Posted by on May 12th, 2016

A few weeks ago, as I listened to Classic FM while trying to finish some of my projects on the Node, I came across a piano composition by Erik Satie called ’embryons desséchés’, the dessicated embryos. At the time I was too busy but now that I have a bit more time I tried to[…]

Goodbye from Cat!

Posted by on May 6th, 2016

Today is my last day on the Node, so this is my chance to say goodbye!  It has been 3 very busy years on the Node, but I have really enjoyed myself! When I first started on the Node I was fresh out of my PhD (actually, I was still writing my thesis) and my[…]

Science gift ideas!

Posted by on December 7th, 2015

The festive season is here, so it’s time to start thinking about gifts. Many of my friends are scientists, so I have been searching for science-themed gifts. I thought I would share some of my finds here on the Node, in case you are searching for something similar (or would like a science-themed gift yourself!)! Below[…]

A new look at the (microscopic) world- 350 years since Hooke’s landmark book

Posted by on November 9th, 2015

  ‘These pores, or cells, were not very deep, but consisted of a great many little Boxes … [they] were indeed the first microscopical pores I ever saw, and perhaps, that were ever seen’   Last month I was fortunate enough to attend the conference ‘Cell: from Robert Hooke to Cell Therapy- a 350 year[…]

The (developmental) biologist’s reading list

Posted by on September 11th, 2015

When starting a PhD or a postdoc you are often given a list (or pile) of papers to read- the essentials to get an overview of the history and recent developments in a new field. However, there is a lot to learn from books as well. Some books can give you a broad overview of[…]

On progressing your career and communicating your science- Advice from the SDB meeting

Posted by on August 17th, 2015

Last month I attended the SDB annual meeting in Utah, an excellent conference that featured great scientific talks and additional educative sessions covering outreach, inclusiveness and more. I tweeted extensively from the Node’s twitter account, but as many of the readers of the Node are not on twitter, I realised that you may have missed out[…]

Notes from the fly meeting- day 4 and 5

Posted by on March 10th, 2015

I’m reporting from the Drosophila meeting. You can read the post on days 1 and 2 here and on day 3 here.   Day 4 of the fly meeting was by far the most intense. Starting at 8.30 a.m., talks and poster presentations only really finished at 11.15 p.m.! However, the fly community takes their science very seriously,[…]

Notes from the fly meeting- day 3

Posted by on March 7th, 2015

I’m reporting from the Drosophila meeting. You can read the post on days 1 and 2 here.   We woke up to another cold day here in Chicago, and kicked off straight away with concurrent sessions. This meant some tough decisions on which talks to listen to!   Proof that it really is cold- ice in the[…]

Notes from the fly meeting- day 1 and 2

Posted by on March 6th, 2015

Read the report from day 3  here, and from days 4 & 5 here. This week I am at the Annual Drosophila meeting, aka the fly meeting. During my PhD I was a fly pusher, and as I never got the chance to attend the meeting then, I am very excited to finally have a chance to be[…]

From bench to newspaper

Posted by on February 20th, 2015

Alongside my main role as community manager of the Node I am also Development’s online editor, and one of my responsibilities is writing press releases. I recently wrote a press release on a Development paper that received some media attention, and I was surprised by the way the story was covered. The articles ranged from[…]