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Leaky pipeline

Leaky pipeline

When we talk about the "leaky pipeline" in STEM we're talking about women leaving or being forced to leave their chosen profession. Here are three versions of an animation that I made up that I hope helps illustrate the concept. Feel free to reuse. Images are free to re-use without attribution in both commercial and […]

Update on Ventilation at YorkU (Aug. 17, 2021)

Update on Ventilation at YorkU (Aug. 17, 2021)

Introduction COVID has changed everything about campus life. In order to maximize the safety of students, staff and faculty at York University, we, as a community, need to focus on multiple factors, including: Vaccinations Ventilation (and air filtering) Masking Progressive work / study policies Last week, our university partially caved to pressure from the YorkU […]

Welcome to my Classroom

Welcome to my Classroom

The Teaching in Focus (TiF) conference at York was held online in 2021 due to the pandemic.  Here's a list of the abstracts.  My "Welcome to my Classroom" talk was based on the work I did in EECS 1011, 1021 and 2021: Giving students rapid and accurate feedback is vital. We can do so with […]

Gendered language in Job Ads

Gendered language in Job Ads

We don't hire enough women in Engineering and Computer Science faculties.  It's a peer-reviewed fact. And, yet, hiring committees continue to refuse to use the same rigour and critical thinking in finding a new colleague that they demand in their every-day research.  Where's the evidence that your ad-hoc, "mmmm.... feels good" job ad works? Best […]

Moodle Scheduler

Moodle Scheduler

There are plenty of reasons to schedule interactions with students.  Office hours are one reason, and student presentations are another.  The Moodle scheduler allows you to set up these meetings, as shown in the figure below. once the student has looked at the schedule, she can then select a time slot.  Once she has "booked […]

Sabbatical Report: Language Classes (French)

Sabbatical Report: Language Classes (French)

During my sabbatical year in Strasbourg, France, I took both German and French language classes.  This blog entry is about the French course I took. Before getting into the details about how I took French lessons during my sabbatical, here is some background. We chose to raise our kids as francophones in Toronto. They went […]

Sabbatical Report: Summary

Sabbatical Report: Summary

Many professors in Canadian universities get a "sabbatical year" once every few years.  My first sabbatical year was from July 2018 to June 2019 and I spent most of it in Strasbourg, France, with my wife and kids.  Unlike what many people outside of academia think, it's not a vacation, but is generally considered a […]

Sabbatical Report: Possible Franco-German-Canadian Student Exchanges

Sabbatical Report: Possible Franco-German-Canadian Student Exchanges

During my 2018-19 sabbatical year I worked with colleagues at engineering schools in Strasbourg, France and Karlsruhe, Germany.  These schools have well-developed exchange programs and wished to establish an exchange program with York University.  I had many productive and insightful conversations about ideas, challenges and opportunities for exchanges with Angelika Hammann and the staff in the […]