Michelle Kelly-Irving
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Michelle Kelly-Irving is a public health researcher based in Toulouse, South West France. Her work explores how health inequalities are produced from early life onwards. As a social epidemiologist she works on the cusp of epidemiology and quantitative social science. She is interested in understanding how our environment and experiences get under our skin, becoming expressed as health outcomes. Michelle blogs in a personal capacity on academia, science, and research: Notes from the research frontier.

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An End to the 'Breaking Bad' Era of US Health Care?

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 11:20 AM

You all know the premise of Breaking Bad: Walter White, on a modest chemistry teacher's salary goes haywire after discovering he has lung cancer. He pays for his health care and supports his family by producing high quality methamphetamine. As great American entertainment, drugs, gore, violence and the (a)moral values...

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Aesthetics And Curiosity: Bridges Between Science And Art

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 9:57 AM

Without creativity artists have the block, a creative drought. Scientists experience the block as well.

Whatever the art form, creativity is its key ingredient. This is also true of science. Scientists go through these creativity deserts. Without an aesthetic fulfilment from their work, scientists dry up too... A period of...

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The Global Imperialism of English: Impacts on Science

(48) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 7:01 PM

Let's be honest, life is easier as a native English speaker. This is certainly true in science, and it only really dawns on you when you work with non-native English users. Then, you get a glimpse into the extra obstacles they have to overcome, and you are suddenly very, very...

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Naïve Altruism in Science? Five Traits of Altruistic Academics

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 7:18 PM

In academia, as in most spheres of life, you come across overly competitive and self-serving individuals. However, the majority of my experiences have been positive. I think this all comes down to the support of altruistic individuals. Altruism could well be the foundation of energetic, successful and stimulating organizations. So...

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Should We Be Guilt-Tripping the Public About Their Health?

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 12:37 PM

Research findings on health have a tendency to make people feel guilty about their lifestyles. Should researchers attempt to avoid this guilt-tripping quality? Or, should they, in fact, be putting it to good use? There seem to be two main ways in which guilt-tripping about health happens: one is deliberate...

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I Am a Disposable Academic

(27) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 4:33 PM

In 2010, an excellent, if a tad bleak, article appeared in The Economist describing the state of modern day academia: the disposable academic. If anything, things are worse now. Academics who have recently 'made it' into the prized tenured positions need to be honest and forthright with research...

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