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Peyto

I am passionate about making science, sustainability, and sport accessible through engaging information and activities. Peyto is a reference to Bill Peyto who was an outfitter, trapper, and eventually a park warden in Banff National Park. Peyto Lake and Peyto Glacier are both named after him. He is also a distant relative of mine.
Peyto has written 133 posts for Connecting with Science

Science and Society

Saturday, March 22, 2017, is a big day and a lot of it has to do with science and society. These are three events that I’m particularly interested in and how they relate to the importance of science and society. Spring Into Sprinkles 5 km run – This run is raising funds for a Girls on … Continue reading

How long do I have to run?

Mileage, or for those of us in the metric world kilometreage (doesn’t have the same ring to it does it?). That’s what stands out to me when I talk to dedicated recreational runners. They put in a lot of kilometres each week. I will never reach the numbers they do. I mentally don’t want to. … Continue reading

How important is generalizability?

Are you ready for it? My PhD research was not generalizable. I studied a specific group of people about a specific topic. I cannot make claims about how other people might respond or think about the topic, nor can I make assumptions about how the group I worked with would respond to environmental issues other … Continue reading

Figure skating balance

When I injured my knee as a teenager the physiotherapist put me on a wobble board. If you haven’t seen one they are a board on top of some sort of piece that is unstable. Mine both have half of a hard ball on the bottom. I was supposed to stand on the board on … Continue reading

Sport under threat from climate change

During my doctoral research one of my participants brought in a photo of her sand boarding. It was snow boarding on sand dunes and we talked about the potential impacts of climate change on sport, particularly winter sport. Check out the website for my research here. The cross country ski program in Special Olympics Alberta … Continue reading

What do cold weather and red peppers have in common?

Adipose tissue is the type of tissue designed to store fat (ideally to be used for energy). It also helps to protect parts of the body by cushioning it. Fat is also a known insulator keeping the body warm.  There are two main types of adipose tissue: white and brown. White adipose tissue is responsible … Continue reading

Meet a tree

After a bout of food poisoning this weekend this will be a short one. It is interesting how often I am asked how to tell different conifers (trees that produce cones) apart. After years of teaching science and nature this is my quick and dirty guide. It is by no means my intellectual property; I … Continue reading

The wake up light works for me

Last summer I looked into the research on wake up lights. As a very not morning person who goes to work early every day I was looking for any sort of tool that could make the morning more bearable. Based on what I learned (you can read the post here) I took the chance and … Continue reading

Whiter than white? Not with LEDs

I have bought your paper with a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content for several years. I don’t typically notice that anything is different until I see my paper up against someone else’s; that’s when I see that white is not always white. But it turns out that manufacturers of things like paper and laundry … Continue reading

Be more honest: swear

I’ve been in several meetings/discussions recently where individuals have unintentionally said swear words. It generally happens when they are getting excited or passionate. They then apologize for their language because it “isn’t professional”, but apparently, it is more honest. Gilad Feldman, Huiwen Lian, Michal Kosinski, and David Stillwell (2017) examined the connection between swearing and … Continue reading

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