The Sassy Scientist – Science Sweethearts I

The Sassy Scientist – Science Sweethearts I

Every week, The Sassy Scientist answers a question on geodynamics, related topics, academic life, the universe or anything in between with a healthy dose of sarcasm. Do you have a question for The Sassy Scientist? Submit your question here.

Apollo and Artemis ask:

What is your opinion on workplace romances?

This week’s question just gives me lots of inspiration. This question (in slightly different formulation) was sent to me twice, separately, by a guy and girl, so I’ll answer in two separate posts. To keep their private thoughts private I named them Artemis and Apollo, the Greek twin gods. I turned to my good friend the limerick to respond. Ladies first. Enjoy.

Dear Artemis,

There once was a girl called Artemis
Her choice of men was fairly remiss
Alone in the shower
Exempt of brainpower
She was pining for someone to kiss

When you’re into the fault interface
And foreseeing a lovely embrace
Just cease now with waiting
Stop differential equating
Go out and charm him with grace

With a focus on mantle convection
That he beholds with strong abjection
Switch subject soon
Go study the Moon
And he will partake with affection

When you’re still sat on the fence
You might feel it very intense
“I like working with him”
Don’t collapse on a whim
Love oftentimes doesn’t make sense

Don’t fall for your cute supervisor
Even though he’s your thought analyser
In several years
You’ll both be in tears
Now go out and find someone nicer

Yours truly,

The Sassy Scientist

This post was written in style
Thinking of this took a while
Much to my liking
The rhyming is striking
I’ve got more on one massive pile

PS2: Can you think of a better limerick?

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I am currently employed at a first tier research institute where I am continuously working with the greatest minds to further our understanding of the solid Earth system. Whether it is mantle or lithosphere structure and dynamics, solid Earth rheology parameters, earthquake processes, integrating observations with model predictions or inversions: you have read a paper of mine. Even if you are working on a topic I haven’t mentioned here, I still know everything about it. Do you have any problems in your research career? I have already experienced them. Do you struggle with your work-life balance? Been there, done that. Nowadays, I have only one hobby: helping you out by answering the most poignant questions in geodynamics, research and life. I am waiting for you right here. Get inspired.

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