Dawn's Blog and General News Items

Celebrating International Ada Lovelace Day 2018

We held our fourth annual Wikipedia Editathon on Thursday October 11th 2018 in Steacie Science and Engineering Library.   On Monday October 22nd, Prof. Jeremy Kerr will give York's 4th Ada Lovelace Day lecture: Waiting for Equity or Making it Happen: What’s the Difference? Jeremy's talk is at 12:30 pm in Room 107 of the Life […]

Wikipedia Editathon Chronicles Part 3: growing Wikipedians

When I returned to my full-time undergraduate teaching load in 2014, after 7 years of having a reduced teaching load while I was director of IRIS, I included a series of new assignments in my Biology courses. In addition to learning about ecology, they taught students social media skills that included using Twitter for science […]

My Undergraduate Assignment for Learning to Edit Wikipedia Pages

Dr. Jess Wade’s project of creating Wikipedia pages for Women in STEM – she’s written about 270 in 2018 so far, which is an amazing feat – has recently been getting a lot of well-deserved public attention. We’ve known for years that women are under-represented in Wikipedia, reflecting the demographic make-up of the volunteer writing […]

Banksias were my favourite Australian genus

In April 2018, I landed in the southeast of Australia to spend a month in the Biology Department at Monash University in Melbourne. I was reminded of the time I went to Capetown, South Africa, because all around me was a completely alien flora and ecology that is very different to the northern hemisphere biomes […]

My #SciComm (not Cricket) Tour of India, Bangladesh, Australia & Pakistan

There truly is nothing like a well-planned and structured sabbatical for giving professors the intellectual and emotional space to reflect on and crystallize what their previous five to six years of long days and hard work has been most fundamentally about. This is why, in my view, where they still exist, the sabbatical should be […]

Wikipedia Editathon Chronicles Part 2

In Wikipedia Chronicles Part 1 (January 30, 2018) I posted about my plan to hold a Wikipedia edit-a-thon at Visva Bharati University, West Bengal, India. I held a mini Ada Lovelace Day Wikipedia Editathon for my third Science Communication Workshop on March 20th. During my time (January to March 2018) as a visiting professor, I […]

Digital Divide Chronicles Part 3

  This is the last leg of my four-month sabbatical trip to Asia and the southern hemisphere. I've met wonderful new colleagues, taught incredible students and learned a huge amount. I've been in India (2.75 months) with a side-trip to Bangladesh,  Australia (3.5 weeks) with a side-trip to New Zealand. Now, I'm in Pakistan for […]