Foto Michelle Stubbs
Foto Michelle Stubbs

Quick-fire questions: Michelle Stubbs

In the Quick-fire Questions section, we meet a colleague from our faculty. This time it is Michelle Stubbs turn; who started as Management Assistant at Donders Centre for Cognition in April last year.

Who are you, what position do you hold within the faculty, and since when? 

My name is Michelle Stubbs. I’ve been working as a management assistant since April of last year, supporting the research director and the management director of DCC (Donders Centre for Cognition). I receive a wide range of projects to work on: events, meetings… and generally helping topic-based ideas come to life. I really enjoy working with the directors. It gives you an overview of what’s happening at the centre and interesting opportunities to support the work being done. 

What position/work did you do before this? 

I’ve started here at Radboud after having enjoyed an extensive motherhood sabbatical. Before that, I was a project coordinator at the Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED) at ETH Zurich as well as executive assistant to the Director of the Foundation for Research on Information Technologies in Society (IT’IS), also in Zurich. But I’ve held a wide range of positions in my life, including assistant race director, landscape architect and head paralegal.

What are you most looking forward to in your role? 

In addition to my work at DCC, I’ve recently started as a facilitator within the Donders peer coaching program. – I wholeheartedly recommend peer coaching, especially for PhD’s & PostDocs. Following along those lines, my sincere response to this question, said in a broad sense: I look forward to my role towards working in a more socially safe environment within science. 

As I see it, there is always the possibility that difficult situations will arise in workplaces, even at universities. We can try to minimize those situations, for example, by avoiding marginalizing behavior, such as unintentionally setting ‘rules’ for being considered ‘part of the group’. And if we are more aware of micro-aggressive or passive aggressive comments, we can perhaps avoid situations where people start not to ask for help or to remove themselves. It’s important to be cognizant of the situations and the people around us. Referring to the Radboud slogan: we really all do have a part to play, also in this sense.

What gives me hope and keeps me striving are the very many encouraging encounters and experiences and potential. DCC is a great place to work! The research is outstanding, and there are amazing contacts to be made among the staff and researchers. I am quite proud to support the projects being done and to help coordinate those efforts. I see the potential to support diversity and individuality as well as fundamental science, and I firmly look forward to my evolving role.

Where can we find you? / How can you be reached? 

I’m a bit of a workaholic and can be reached every day. The easiest is to contact me by email (michelle.stubbs [at] (michelle[dot]stubbs[at]donders[dot]ru[dot]nl)). 

Which film or book did you enjoy the most? 

My favourite film is Pane e Tulipani, an Italian film. It has a very warm and personable feel to it. I really appreciate how different it is from many stereotypical action films. You know – the kind with twenty million various male characters, plus maybe one ‘girlfriend’. In real life there are roughly the same number of men and women, of various backgrounds, in the world. It feels good when movies are created with some amount of balance and storyline.

What's at the top of your bucket list? 

I don't really have a bucket list, but I do set goals for myself. Currently I'm trying to learn some Korean in my spare time. I took some Japanese language courses in college, but so far learning Korean has felt much harder. Plus of course I also need to focus on improving my level of Dutch. Would anyone out there like to learn some Korean with me?

With which hobby can you really completely forget about time? 

If I want to zone out, I like to play Hitori, a number game. It's similar to sudoku, in that there should only be one of any particular number in a row or column, but the numbers are already there and you need to block them out. A solved hitori looks a bit like a crossword puzzle. I find it soothing, because it’s nicely logical and methodical. Even if it might take a while, they can always be solved.

Do you have another fun fact about yourself?

I’m American – from California. 

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