Come and meet our fellows! Let’s start with a small riddle about them: our
Who is who and who does what?
Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, German Studies, History, Biology, Medicine, English Studies, Law, Philosophy, Mathematics, Theology and, and, and …….at the University of Münster there are very many scientific fields – and researchers from just as many countries contribute to their advancing. What is true on a large scale is often true on a small scale: No wonder that our WiRe-Fellows Anna, Angélique, Chiara, Maria, Giulia, and Rehana come from different countries and conduct research in very different fields. Can you guess who is from which country? And who does research in which field? And can you guess where our fellows last conducted research before coming to Münster? We asked our ladies for some hints on these questions to help you:
Dr. Lamaze alias Angélique
Let’s see what Angélique associates with the place where she grew up: “It’s easy. I would say: carnival, rocket, giant turtle (luth turtle).” All right. Do you have a clue? It might be easier to guess where she currently lives: “Pubs, parks, and marmite” are typical for the country, according to Angélique. So far so good. Now let’s see which repetitive activity is part of her research:
“…then I decide on the crosses I can do. To monitor the locomotor activity I load them in glass tubes and place them in monitors. To look at neurons in the brain, I dissect brains under binoculars using tweezers. I also have to take care of my own stock as well as a part of the common stock”. Well, can you guess what living creature she is talking about? The fact that Angélique hears the sounds coming out of a radio in her work environment probably does not help much. But what about the other two devices that make noises: fridges and incubators. Everything clear now? Well, Angélique also mentioned that her research has to do with light, temperature environment and neuronal networks. Does it ring a bell?
Dr. Marotta alias Giulia
…. links her homeland to seaside landscapes, the Sixtine Chapel and Vespa mopeds. The country she has been researching recently reminds her of “baseball, hot dogs and Thanksgiving turkey”. Quite easy to guess where she is from and where she last conducted research, isn’t it?
Now we come to the more difficult part…When asked about a repetitive activity that she has to do again and again in her everyday research life, Giulia couldn’t think of any. But she has discovered the following pattern:
“Very often I accidentally come across a source that I consider really irrelevant for my current research. Hence, I take no note about it. Then, weeks or months afterwards, as my project evolves, I remember about that source and I realize that it was really relevant for what I’m working on. But now in order to find it again I have to retrace all my research itinerary over the past few weeks or months.. Not easy at all to find one or two sentences that you read only once and while you were reading a million other sentences…”
Dr. Giulia Marotta
The noises in Giulia’s work environment might also give a clue: Giulia knows the sound of flipping pages, opening and closing of archive drawers too well! So, do you have any idea what Giulia’s field of research is? If not yet, these keywords that she associates with her research should certainly help: modernity, religion, narratives. Well, do you have an idea now?
Dr. Ferreira alias Maria
“Mate, gaucho and tango …”
… were the things that came to Maria’s mind when we asked about three things she associates with her home country. Well, she also has a food-focused memory of the country where she last went for a research stay: she remembers “tea, breakfast and … a queen”. That’s an easy one, isn’t it?
Asked about three things that characterize her research, Maria gave us terms that we couldn’t understand at all. Maybe you are better at seeing clues in them: “inoculate, autoclave, isolated”. We were slightly more familiar with the sounds of her working environment: the whistle of gas flowing, the click of keys typing, timer alarm, fume hoods and the sounds of refrigerators… Did you already get any idea what Maria’s research topic might be? Perhaps these keywords will help you further: “ubiquitous polysaccharides, aquatic environment, microorganisms, small pieces of plastic debris, non-biodegradable materials“. So?