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"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

 Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

 Oscar Wilde

Science does not need to be dry.

Safe.

Boring.

Middle and upper class.

Clean.

Even though people fitting these values dominate it.

Serve my science as a double shot in a sleazy bar.

"What was your name again?"

 

Learning and ability is not about background.

It's about will, thought, curiosity, stubbornness and passion.

 

Science Hooker is about science for ALL.

 

Science Hooker is all about access to science and academia for everyone: regardless of background, economic, gender, LGBT or otherwise.

 

My background prior to my PhD was as a prostitute in Edinburgh. Academia is a tough gig to get by in without rich support, & I find myself back where I started. I engage folk mostly on Twitter, but also write for the Huffington Post, and run a Facebook and YouTube channel. I would love to expand into other media. Your support helps me survive my thesis and into tackling the dragon of academia.

 

Science Hooker is about not being ashamed or shy of one's past. There is nothing 'bad' or 'inappropriate' about being a sex worker. When I first entered academia there was a lot of pressure to hide my past, pretend to be the same as everyone else. Science Hooker was my considered response to this pressure. I am proud of who I am and where I come from. I am not ashamed of either myself or my friends and loved ones who engage in sex work.

 

Academia is always talking about being 'diverse' and 'open', but these are false and empty battle cries. When confronted with any actual diversity academia tends to shun it and close ranks. Science Hooker is about challenging and changing this. Loudly. Without apology.

 

I am currently fighting through the last few unfunded months of a PhD with the UK Space Agency based at the University of Glasgow. I am researching the process of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the ancient Mars atmosphere being sequestered into stable mineral carbonate. Such carbonate minerals have been observed by satellite, rovers, landers and in meteorites from Mars that have landed on Earth. I examine these sources and attempt to resolve the mineralogy and reaction pathways involved. There is a lot of advanced microscope work of Mars fragments, which I love. I also conduct laboratory experiments in pressure vessels that mimic early Mars hydrothermal systems. But why is it important?

 

Because we can utilise the same reactions in rock formations on Earth to store atmospheric carbon dioxide as minerals. A method much more stable than other current carbon capture and storage methods. I am also working with Engineers in Space Glasgow to build a new prototype rover tool that uses ultrasonic grinding to expose a smooth rock surface, so that rock reactions can be observed more clearly.