More public science: appearing on the ZDF series, Infestation!

  I doubted that much could top how my 2013 Skype chat about plant defences ended up getting me a movie credit in a science fiction feature film! But, you never can tell where science outreach and engagement will take you. Just a few weeks after hearing about my Botanical Consultant film credit, some of my other Public Science led to […]

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How doing public science led to a credit in the movie, Flora

These days, science communication, outreach, and engagement are all the rage. But when I joined York University's Biology Department as an assistant professor in 1990, the notion, that part of our responsibility, as taxpayer-funded professors, might include spending valuable time away from research, engaging with non-academics, other than our students, was rather a minority opinion amongst many YorkU faculty. […]

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Reading your expensive text book is key to success in 2nd year

My second year Plant Biology course is filled with stressed out students. But, while they may not realize it, the students who regularly come to lecture are, likely, the least stressed people in the course. My advice to all undergraduates is simple: aim to attend every lecture and lab, to write notes, to review them within 24 hours, and to keep […]

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