CREATORS – Igor Siwanowicz

Name: Igor Siwanowicz Which came first in your life, the science or the art? Fascination with nature and proclivity for visual arts manifested pretty early on in my life and were moving along parallel trajectories until some 10 years ago, when they finally converged and merged. If you believe my mom, even before I could walk I was paying a lot of attention to wildlife, with particular fixation on gastropods for some reason. “If you…

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Teach Write: An Introduction to Purpose

Welcome to Teach Write! This column draws on my 20 years’ experience teaching writing to kids, university students, and adult learners. It includes ideas and exercises that teachers can use in the classroom, and creative writers can use to level up their process. As part of our preparation for writing a new piece, we need to think about audience – who we are writing for and how the knowledge and needs of that audience affect…

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Potential

When we think about the future, I suspect many of us are limited by our previous experiences. In other words, we don’t consider the possibilities available to us because we can’t imagine them. Roughly speaking, this is what I would call “potential”. It’s the ability to achieve something that you haven’t already. It’s what people refer to when they see someone with a lot of talent that hasn’t been focused in one direction. We can…

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Today’s Fun Fungus Walk

Our own Joan Marie Galat is a scholar of all things fungus. And she still knows how to enjoy just finding the odd mushroom here and there while out for a walk in the woods. Here are some photos she shared recently with friends. With compassion for those of us who can find it hard to figure out Latin names for various species of living things, she's captioned these photos in a more informal way. "Bite…

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I went to a R&D management conference to learn about ecosystems…

by Ashlee-Ann PigfordThis past summer I had the opportunity to attend the 41st R & D Management Conference hosted by École Polytechnique and HEC in Paris, France. The theme of the conference was The Innovation Challenge: Bridging Research, Industry and Society. The conference took place at the beautiful École Polytechnique just outside of ParisConsidering it’s a conference that largely attracts academics from business schools as well as R & D experts working in the private sector,…

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