Twitch Streamer awarded full professorship, starts teaching physics this semester

In a surprising move by one of Canada’s top universities, a popular Twitch streamer and professional gamer @rogerstanfordo has recently been hired to teach physics remotely. Twitch is an American live-streaming website owned by Amazon. As of February 2020, it had 3 million broadcasters monthly and 15 million daily active users, with 1.4 million average concurrent users. Twitch is most known for hosting video game and e-sports competitions, but recently celebrities like T-Pain, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jagmeet Singh have taken to the platform as well. “No, I don’t know anything about physics really. I mean, I can talk to you … Continue reading Twitch Streamer awarded full professorship, starts teaching physics this semester

Polarization: What does it mean for science communication and decision making? by Sarah Turner

On a late Thursday afternoon in November, I excitedly skimmed through the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) program, planning out my conference sessions for the following week. My eyes quickly darted to session titles with the words “Mis-information” “Polarization” and “Distrust”. Continue reading Polarization: What does it mean for science communication and decision making? by Sarah Turner

Notes From a SciComm Panel

Last month I was asked to speak on a panel about science communication. The panel was part of a first year graduate course offered by the chemistry department at McMaster University (specifically by @Moran_MirabalRG and @katiemoisse). I was joined by @AlexGelle, @michelleogrod and Tim Li.  The bulk of the conversation centred around the question “why engage in SciComm”. I know when I started grad school, a career in SciComm wasn’t on my radar at all. Still, you don’t have to have your sights on a SciComm career to make it worth getting involved in some projects. (In fact, I think … Continue reading Notes From a SciComm Panel