I ended my first year class with a pep talk — the usual "now would be a good time to open the textbook in preparation for next week's final exam" plus some insights as a First Generation Professor (FGP). This year I delivered the pep talk as a newly-tenured professor, a surreal experience given where [...]
Today is World Water Day, an international event to celebrate and highlight freshwater issues. This year's theme is wastewater – the sullied water that flows down our drains and is flushed from our toilets. In Victoria, the recent decision to provide tertiary treatment of Mr. Floatie before he's dumped in the ocean is a wastewater [...]
A very long time ago, I was a second-year student studying at the University of Haifa's overseas program. 'Professor Lieberman' played such a huge and influential role in my life. He introduced me to the beauty of ecology, wrote reference letters for scholarships and doctoral studies, and was my academic mentor for many years. The packages of newspaper clippings [...]
Today is World Water Day, and experts everywhere are sounding the alarm about water problems. We’ll learn about children in distant lands who die from drinking contaminated water and women who suffer sexual assault because they don’t have access to private toilets. We’ll see photographs of urban flooding and the damage it has caused to [...]
I'm pleased to announce that a new article, It came from the water, has just been published in Alternatives Journal. The article was written with two members of my research team, Stephanie Cote and Hanna Ross. Read the Article
Standing at the end of the driveway, waiting for the school bus with my kids, we were early enough to see the recycling truck making its way down the street. "Great - teachable moment!" thinks the Environmental-Professor/Mum. And I begin to link virtues of recycling, the Magic School Bus episode and a low(er) consumption lifestyle. [...]
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Workshop attendee Katie Kish (above) has written today's blog post about the event On August 10th and 11th, top scholars in the fields of Terror Management Theory (TMT), water research, and governance gathered to discuss the relevance of emotions in water governance and decision making, and how this might apply to future research. [...]
Difficult to imagine that fifteen years have passed since I worked as a 'rapporteur' for the Part 2 Inquiry in to Walkerton's water contamination. Tying that experience to my current research, I sat down to reflect on what can be learned from that event. A longer 'research version' -- co authored with Stephanie Cote and [...]
means brainstorming a grant proposal while waiting to be called in for for a follow up mammogram. It means calculating a four-year budget -- how many graduate students can I fund? -- in my head as the technician tells me not to breathe or move.