(As some of you may know, I have been involved in past and ongoing work in West Africa. I have been paying devout attention to the current Senegalese elections and finally decided to coalesce my thoughts into an article, which follows.) On February 26th millions of Senegalese headed to the polls for the first… Read More The biggest small election
For some reason, one of the most enriching things in life seems to be collecting new experiences. Doing something novel somehow just feels significant; like you’re making progress of some sort. Whenever I think about ancient humans leaving the fertile crescent, or crossing the Bering land bridge, racing to the poles, or dying a dried-up… Read More Do something; do everything
I was talking with a friend the other day who was worried about her accent. Being from a middle-eastern country, she was concerned that people might not take her seriously, or might secretly mock her voice. I think Montreal has to be the last place in Canada to worry about that.
Note: my graduate research is focused on switchgrass, so conflict of interest alert! I’ve been musing a lot about energy lately, so I finally decided to muse it all into a word file and this is what happened: Energy could be the biggest issue in the world today. Its tentacles creep into nearly… Read More Everybody needs energy
This weekend marked this year’s TEDxMcGill event. For those of you not in the know, I’m going to immediately do you a huge favour and link you on over to the TEDtalks website so you can get a taste for what the concept is all about. The acronym stands for Technology Education and Design, although the… Read More TEDxMcGill reinvents your reality
Last Wednesday I ran through the late afternoon downpour towards the McGill metro station, a minor river coursing down each sidestreet. I was thinking about what I’d make for dinner when I got back to my apartment, and the idea of running into one of the most deadly creatures that ever walked the planet was the… Read More Jurassic station
Since my bio is up on the site, I’ll skip the introductions and just launch straight into my first post! Last week I was sponsored by my department (plant science) to attend McGill’s 4th annual Global Food Security Conference. The event took place over a two-day period, with panels on natural resources, trade and international… Read More McGill talks food security