Five Links On Friday: #distractinglysexy

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Earlier this week Nobel laureate Sir Tim Hunt made a bit of a gaffe when he expressed his opinions on women working in his field of biochemistry.

Trying to be lighthearted in his conference talk to an audience of senior female scientists and science journalists, Sir Tim said: “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry.”

Sir Tim has since apologised for his comments, but in the meantime the #distractinglysexy hashtag sprung up in response to his comments, with female scientists showing just how “distracting” they are:

https://twitter.com/xLiserx/status/608959954221957120

We like seeing academia-related trending topics. Although the story behind this one is unfortunately quite serious, it has given female scientists and academics a very visible way to highlight how they feel about these kinds of comments. More of that, please.

The next generation of academics is the subject of the first of this week’s top links, with Emma’s blog post on the last-minute recruitment efforts of Clearing campaigns:

Also on our blog this week, we congratulate Imperial College London who have won a prestigious CASE award for their Success Guide:

It might seem like we’ve been linking to a lot of pieces about emoji recently, but they’re becoming a real communication medium for many online communities:

On the subject of new communication methods for online communities, a new app is gaining ground with teens:

And finally this week, Ellie found these social media templates from Buffer that you might find helpful:

That’s it for this week. Let us know if there’s anything you want to talk about, or if you find yourself getting distracted by your co-workers’ raw sexual magnetism and need some time out.

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