As the fall semester quickly approaches, I thought it might be helpful to once again post an open letter to students who have registered or are registering for classes. In particular, I hope this helps to answer some of the questions or concerns they might have (at least when it comes to the courses IContinue reading "Dear Students Of Fall 2021"
This summer I’m happy to announce that four new co-op students have joined our lab. Welcome to Brandon, Henry, Khushi, and Ian. Henry and Ian are joining the lab as part of #TeamSquirrel – an interdisciplinary team of researchers developing web and mobile tools to support citizen science and investigate its use in supporting experientialContinue reading "Welcome Summer Co-op Students"
Having worked from home for over a year, it’s probably no surprise that my office has evolved from the early days of the pandemic. I no longer find myself spending countless hours hunched over my computer at the kitchen table wondering why everything aches. The evolution has involved converting the guest bedroom into a properContinue reading "Office Upgrade"
With the summer semester getting started, I thought I should take some time to welcome the newest Mitacs Globalink interns to join our lab. MinXiang is a third-year student at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China studying computer science. She has previously worked as a part-time front-end developer visualizing internet of thingsContinue reading "Welcome Jayit & MinXiang"
I’m happy to announce that I’m currently looking to hire two University of Guelph undergraduate students for co-op intern positions in our lab for the summer 2020 semester. Web & Mobile Development for the University of Guelph’s First Response Team The successful candidate will work with a team of undergraduate independent study students (registered inContinue reading "Summer Co-op Positions"
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"