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Hello! I’m Ann 🦉

I love to study the interactions between people and technology, and I live in Cambridge, UK.

My day job is systems support and agile software development for a scientific publisher. Prior to this, I was a technical editor and I have a long-standing interest in the use of language in written science communication. I’m possibly the only person on the Internet to be ambivalent about whether you should write your thesis in Word or LaTeX.

I’m dyslexic, and an active member of the neurodiversity movement. I’m especially interested in the well-being and belonging of neurodivergent people in the the tech industry, and the epistemic injustice faced by adult dyslexics (and other neurodivergent people) in being understood as knowers of our lived experience.

I’m a doctor in the Dr Jill Biden sense, having obtained my DPhil in Physical Chemistry by spending five years building a laser spectrometer in a small dark laser lab.

My favourite owl is the Blakiston’s fish owl.

Disclaimer: the views on this site are my own and do not represent those of my employer or any other organisations with which I’m connected.

Unless otherwise stated the blogs I publish here are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Chemistry World

I occasionally review Books for Chemistry World, and my author page is here.

Most recently I reviewed Janelle Shane’s You Look Like a Thing and I Love You, and I was on the Chemistry World Book Club podcast talking about it too.

Academic writing

Applications of Optical-Feedback Cavity-Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy, DPhil Thesis, 2013, uuid:26ecc3d0-2aa1-4d21-a698-dc362956280b.

A. G. V. Bergin, G. Hancock, G. A. D. Ritchie, and D. Weidmann, Linear cavity optical-feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy with a quantum cascade laser, Opt. Lett. 38, 2475-2477 (2013), https://doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.002475