My chemistry family

If you want research to go well you must have a good working atmosphere. The best situation is your research group being your second family.

I joined Extended Molecular Systems (EMS) research group in 2014 and I’m happy to be a part of it. We all study different things, but weak interactions – is the thing that connects our research. And, of course, our group leader. So let me tell you about EMS research group.

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Group leader. When I first met Matti Haukka I was charmed of his manner of speaking. He spoke clearly, picking right words to explain difficult things easily. And I saw a sparkle in his eyes when he was talking about science. He did not only new things he was talking about, he was very enthusiastic about them. What more than inspiration and experience would you need from your research group?

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Group members. We are a small, but proud group. We are so proud we’ve got our own instagram to show the world how cool we are. XD Our group now consists of 1 professor, 1 university teacher, and 7 PhD students;6 male and 3 female researchers; 5 Finns, 1 Indian, 3 Russians. What a diversity! What I personally like about our group is the support and kind advice we get from each other. We are all more experience in certain areas, but we like to share that experience. We teach each other new techniques, we share latest scientific news and we drink coffee together.

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Group meetings. Every two weeks our group has a group meeting, where half of the group presents current results or an interesting paper. And we have tea with candies and cookies, what a paradise! That’s very helpful, because sugar helps brain to proceed better. =) At the presentations we are helping each other by commenting what might have been improved or modified. We’re saying something supportive, if experiment doesn’t work. And then we eat more candies and cookies, because they help to become happier too!

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Group events. 3 years already our group plans a trip to Saint Petersburg. It never will happen I guess, because everyone has such a different schedule. But we do have bbq parties every year, and birthday cakes for every group member.

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The best situation is when for a scientist research group is a second family. So I am lucky to say it is so for me.

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New begining

Sometimes there are really magical things happening in life. Bit by bit one little thing leads to other, and you end up facing something significant and beautiful. Something helping you to realize important things, so simple you’ve missed them.

Once I was inspired by a girl who made a short movie called “Procastinator”. The movie was charming and profound, even though every single person involved in its production was a hobbyist. Roxana, the girl who came up with the idea told me an interesting and simple thing: “I always wanted to make the movies, but never did. And then I realized that to make this dream real I HAVE TO TRY. That’s it. Bit by bit I was thinking about main idea, found enthusiasts to help me with the movie and finally – we’ve made it!”.

I loved that! What a simple wisdom!

So here is my beginning. I’ve always wanted to discover and describe new places and activities in Jyväskylä. I wanted to tell people what’s a foreigner life in this country. What’s great and what’s difficult. So here I am, telling the world with a friend of mine about this plan becoming real thing. We are starting our YouTube channel!

We are Finland Inspired Narratives (FIN) and we’ll tell you curious things. So sit back, relax, watch our video, subscribe and… STAY TUNED!

 

Spring is the best time for promises

I haven’t been posting to my blog for a really while.

Health problems, mood swings and work at the Uni took away all my energy. But I want to say enough!

I want to tell what’s new in my life and show the pictures I’m taking. I want to get better body, and find some time to learn Finnish. So I will start all of it today. 1st of March, why not?

So here is my promise-list to myself for this month. I promise:

  • To publish new photos at my blog at least every week;
  • Too finish my first article;
  • To do sports at least 3 times per week;
  • To learn Finnish at least 3 times per week;
  • To eat not more than 1400 kkal per day;
  • To keep track of weight and body parameters;
  • To make at least 2 romantic dinners with my hubby.

Let’s see what will happen! I know I can make it! =)

Anyways, spring is here! And how are you guys doing?

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I’m back again!

It’s been REALLY a while since the last post in this blog.

Well, my crazy life just couldn’t let me do all the things I want, so I had to skip blogging for a while. But just to let you know,  I’m doing great! First of all, I had an operation and it well great. The problem tissue was deleted and now I’m having half a year of hormonal therapy to cure the problem totally.

Second, I finally have got a paid position at the faculty! Yay! Now it will be easier to do research, without thinking should I find a job. And research will be my job! It’s just like a dream! =)

Next Friday I will introduce our group to a group of freshman students, so if I will do it good we will probably have new group members.

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I hope you all head a great summer, and let’s have a great Fall!

P.S. In Russia 1st of September is a knowledge day. So happy knowledge day!

Well, hello there!

Hi! My name is Margarita. Or Margo. I love Evgeny, chemistry, taking pictures, reading and cooking.I’m fun and mostly harmless.

Finally I’ve decided to start my own photoblog. I’ll try to tell you the story of a couple living in love in a foreign country.

I’ll try to show you how amazing Finland is and especially Jyväskylä. 
 

And the best part – I’ll try to show you in here that chemistry is so awesome that it is almost art.

In this blog there will be less text more pics, ’cause in my opinion long texts are boring.  So I hope you’ll enjoy it and I will try to show you how beautiful moments of life are.