• Question: As a scientist, do you ever get stereotyped?

    Asked by anon-249323 to Zoya, Tom, Stacey, Laura, James, Connor on 11 Mar 2020.
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      Stacey New answered on 11 Mar 2020: last edited 11 Mar 2020 8:38 am

      I don’t really get stereotyped, but because I work at the Met Office all of my family keep asking me when they will see me on the TV presenting the weather! Even though I keep telling them I’m a climate scientist and not a forecaster.

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      James Lees answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      All the time.

      As a Physicist ‘The Big Bang Theory’ has been a thorn in my side for a long time and the question of “Which one are you?” got old quickly.

      I’m not saying the broad stereotypes don’t have a reason for existing but people can make a lot of untrue assumptions very quickly about you. For one people think i’m smart which is categorically untrue!

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      Tom Scott answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      I suppose the main stereotype I have to battle is around the perceived dangers of nuclear power and radioactivity. That’s why I think it’s very important to communicate to the world outside a University and do things like this.

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      Zoya answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      The main sterotype I have to battle is about editing peoples genome and making designer babies 😔

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      Laura Mason answered on 12 Mar 2020:

      Yes, people hear forensic and think it must be like in TV shows and movies but real science is very rarely like it is on TV