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, these assignments introduced students to using social media skills, such as Twitter, […]

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 […]

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 […]