Why do I blog?

I don't know. But I have some ideas, especially after a great interview with Paige Brown. She is conducting research on how people choose what to blog and impacts that it can have on the larger media landscape....more

Take a Closer Look

I like to take a real, good, close-up look....more

Can you have success as a failure?

Why go to graduate school? To win a Nobel Prize one day? You like the work (me)? Someone has offered you a position (Paid to learn – great!)?...more

Genetic counsellors should not give advice

Why is it OK to be 'bad at math'?

Why is it socially acceptable to avoid simple math? We were out for dinner and at the next table, we heard one man say, ‘just tell me what I owe because I can’t do math’. The 10 year old with me was horrified and blurted out, ‘he can’t even do simple calculations?!? How embarrassing for him.’ She was amazed that he admitted this freely and she thought this man wouldn’t proudly announce that he couldn’t read....more

Am I a scientist? What is a scientist?

I have a PhD in Medical Genetics - but I no longer do wet lab research. Can I call myself a scientist?...more
You can work, study, and spend time with family!! http://getpaidrightnow.tumblr.com/post/37411585869more

MAKESPACE in Vancouver - 3D printer for all?

I want a 3D printer - no real reason except they are cool. But the lack of a reason makes me think that I'd get a very expensive toy that I'd use a few times - but still would be awesome. If I just had a lot of spare cash... See below for some cool things that could be done.But now I have a chance to use a 3D printer if one of my workspaces gets a grant for a MAKESPACE. Their goal is to create a MAKESPACE Fabrication Laboratory that will provide the tools to design and build anything you can dream. The lab would be open to the community and will hopefully become a hub of dialogue and creativity. Doesn't that sound great? If you are willing to help, please vote for the project!So, what can you do with a 3D printer? (just one of the things that will be in the proposed Makespace)...more
3D printing is so amazing to me. Who knows, maybe every home will have a 3D printer someday and ...more


Solving mysteries is fun – or at least looks fun when I watch on TV. I use solving a crime as the way to talk about the process of science. The participants have to evaluate the evidence and come up with a plausible explanation. When I want to drive the point home, I don’t give the solution because there is no big textbook where you can check that the results of your science experiments are right. ...more

Twitter 101: join the amazing online conference

Have you signed up for twitter but then weren't sure what to do? ...more