Teaching is Empathy

The naïve person thinks that being good at teaching means you know the material. While this is technically true, I think it hides the fact that knowledge of the material isn’t sufficient to be a good teacher. For the most part, having a good command of the material helps a lot in getting the information to the students. However, I think we too often make the mistake that knowing the material is good enough. It…

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Angry birds but a happy field assistant

One of the most important rules for fieldwork is to never enter the field alone. This is partly for safety reasons, but also for your sanity. When you conduct fieldwork in remote places, as I do, it is essential to have a buddy. But when your interview process involves explaining to potential applicants that they have a high likelihood of winding up covered in bird poop most days, it can be a challenge to find…

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Hellish Poster Sessions

We recently had a small poster session for our fourth year undergraduate thesis students. The event caused me to reflect on why I often hate poster sessions at academic conferences. I often don’t like these events for a variety of reasons and it doesn’t really matter if I’m presenting a poster, or whether I’m looking at or evaluating posters. Here’s my list of poster session pet peeves in no particular order: 1) Lack of space…

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BITS – Bodies

“Bodies.” This single word is the inspiration behind a bold new exhibition, on view from November 15, 2019 to February 16, 2020 at Chicago’s International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS). Bringing together the words of art, design, and medicine, BODIES: SAIC Intro to Designed Objects features a wide range of creative works in response to the simple prompt: “bodies.” From wearable art to sculptural projects, each unique work was created by a student in Megan…

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STEMinism Sunday: Women in Space

Welcome to STEMinism Sunday! As a former woman in science, I have a deep and enduring interest in the experiences and representation of women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This series will be an opportunity for me – and you – to get to know some of these intellectual badasses. In honour of the recent, first-ever, all-female spacewalk, I thought I’d share three recent, amazing Canadian kids’ books united by the theme…

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