Launched in September of 2020 to increase the visibility of LGBTQ2S+ researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Scientific QUEERies is a unique and wonderful seminar series that you should take the time to check out. The series highlights the work and experience of academics from the queer community, and has covered topics spanningContinue reading "Scientific QUEERies"
With the dawn of spring and the reality that the COVID-19 vaccines are making it into more and more arms, I find myself feeling somewhat better than I have in a while. There’s a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, and while there’s still a distance to go before we can feel itsContinue reading "Thoughts On The Post COVID-19 Academy"
Last December I sat down to write a list of new rules for the new year. That list included rules restricting when and how I worked – limiting or reducing things that I had been doing – and providing a general idea of what each day could and should include. It was my attempt toContinue reading "What Happened When I Said No"
The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. It has been roughly one year since that declaration and much has happened around the world. We’ve seen case and mortality counts rise and fall and rise again over the course of several pandemic waves. And we’ve seen scientific collaboration that hasContinue reading "One Year, One Health"
At some point near the end of last summer, my iPhone stopped synching my work email properly. For someone who was accustomed to picking up his phone and having access to work and personal email accounts in one convenient location, this caused a significant amount of stress. My first thought was to fix the issueContinue reading "Disconnecting"
Near the end of last summer I was beginning to feel that I was losing a battle with organization. There were too many projects to manage, constant updates to the courses I needed to teach, and increasing anxieties due to the state of our world. And then a friend introduced me to Bullet Journals. WhileContinue reading "Academic Bullet Journaling"
As of midnight tonight I will celebrate the end of 10 years as a faculty member in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph. What a wild and strange 10 years it has been. So much has happened since the day I first stepped through the door to my then-office. I’m moreContinue reading "10 Years On"
In August I sat down and created a list of rules that I hoped would help me better manage my life-work balance and improve my practice of self-care. Given how I felt at the end of the semester, it’s safe to say that I have a lot of work to do in this area. TheseContinue reading "Reclaiming My Time: New Rules For A New Year"
As I mentioned in my previous post, I ended the fall semester rather exhausted and more than ready to tie a ribbon around it and call it done. The year was challenging for everyone, so I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that there will be a sense of relief and renewed hope as theContinue reading "Academic List-O-Gratitude"
As of Monday I submitted the last of the final grades for the fall 2020 semester, putting to an end one of the most bizarre teaching experiences I’ve ever had. While I’m normally happy to submit grades for courses I’ve taught, Monday’s emotional response was a mix of happy dancing, exhausted tears, and giddy laughter.Continue reading "Reflecting On Fall 2020"