Writers in Residence
Throughout the year, I mentor undergraduate students in science writing projects. This typically involves one-on-one meetings with the student, discussing suitable topics to write about and proper writing techniques. The student then completes a writing assignment and works with me on editing and publishing the piece in a print or online magazine.
Over the past three years, Smith Lab Writers in Residence have published over 20 articles, including pieces for Above & Beyond Canada’s Arctic Journal, Guru Magazine, Western News, and Western’s Faculty of Science Homepage (see below for a complete list).
Want to join?
If you are interested in becoming a Writer in Residence please email me with an outline of previous writing and/or communication experience and your reasons for wanting to join. If possible, please include a sample writing piece.
Starting September 2016, Smith Lab Writers in Residence will be posting essays to Hipademic – a new publication on the blogging platform Medium. An essay will be published every Monday throughout the academic school year (Sep–April). Some of the essays will be new articles, others will be previously published pieces, but all of them will be intriguing, engaging, and totally ‘hipademic’.
Published Articles by Writers in Residence
- Shining a light on the difficulties of being a professor. Hipademic. 9 Jan 2017. By Purva Mehta.
- How a mother’s sleep disorder can cause obesity in her children. Hipademic. 28 Nov 2016. By Grace Jin.
- Breaking down “the cure”. Hipademic. 21 Nov 2016. By Zeid Hamadeh.
- Your mother was right: data suggest that being cold can give you a cold. Hipademic. 31 Oct 2016. By Sara-Elizabeth Tsimerman.
- In the belly of a giant: endosymbiosis and the pharmaceutical industry. Hipademic. 24 Oct 2016. By George Yuan.
- Re-envisioning and Invigorating the Resume. Hipademic. 17 Oct 2016. By Udara Jay.
- Designer babies. Hipademic. 17 Oct 2016. By Karan Kumar.
- Fireproof or fiction: the science behind Daenerys Targaryen. Hipademic. 26 Sep 2016. By Nour Saleh.
- Putting the “pop” back into popular science. Hipademic. 12 Sep 2016. By Dennis He.
- Science student dreams about Olympic ‘gold’. Western Science. 4 Aug 2016. By Charis Huddle.
- Internship insights. Western News. 20 Oct 2016 (Vol52, No28). By Dennis He.
- Reprogramming our ideas about leadership and success. Western Science. 8 Sep 2016. By Neeraja Murali Dharan.
- Quick, pass me the disinfectant: Learning to love your body bugs. Guru Magazine. 11 Apr 2016. By Jessica Bertschmann.
- Life aquatic: the amazing self-purifying properties of the Ganges River. Guru Magazine. 4 Apr 2016. By Yesh Rai.
- This article was also published in the Western Undergraduate Research Journal (Vol7, pg1-3) PDF
- There ain’t no ‘hacks’ at hackathons. Western News. 21 Jan 2016. By Neeraja Murali Dharan.
- Genome sequencing suggests Inuit are adapted to the Arctic. Above & Beyond, Canada’s Arctic Journal. Jan/Feb 2016. By Jenny Ge.
- A summer of research and adventure in Freiburg. Western Science. 18 Nov 2015. By Neeraja Murali Dharan.
- The Human Brain Project. Guru Magazine. 30 Oct 2015. By Dennis He.
- Viral vaccines: the next big step in immunization. Technophilic Magazine. 7 Oct 2015. By Dennis He.
- A fourth-year’s guide to accepting that you probably won’t get into medical school. Western Biology Department Homepage. 29 Sep 2015. By Jeremy Lant.
- Arctic bird studies uncover dangerous levels of environmental mercury. Above & Beyond, Canada’s Arctic Journal. May/June 2015. By Max Stone.
- Firing on all neurons: the human brain project. Technophilic Magazine. 28 Jan 2015. By Dennis He.
- Microbial mystery: giant virus awakened by Millenia-old permafrost. Above & Beyond, Canada’s Arctic Journal. Jan/Feb 2015. By Nicholas Choi.
- Adapting to a fast-food diet: how did the polar bears do it? Above & Beyond, Canada’s Arctic Journal. Nov/Dec 2014. By Jeremy Lant.
- Humans vs pathogens: the oldest parasites. Technophilic Magazine. 15 Oct 2014. By Tirthankar Ray.
- A green algal love story: in words and art. Western Biology Department Homepage. 22 Aug 2014. By Jeremy Lant.
- This story also appeared in the Sep 2014 issue of The Current.
- The importance of science communication. The Current. Summer 2014. By Tirthankar Ray.
- Crowdsourcing a cure for cancer. Guru Magazine. Feb/March 2014 issue. By Dennis He.
Current and Previous Writers in Residence (in alphabetical order)
- Charis Huddle
- Dennis He
- George Yuan
- Gladys Ng
- Grace Jin
- Karan Kumar
- Jenny Ge
- Jeremy Lant
- Jessica Bertschmann
- Marcus Lo
- Max Stone
- Neeraja Murali Dharan
- Nicholas Choi
- Nour Saleh
- Sara-Elizabeth Tsimerman
- Tirthankar Ray
- Yeah Rai
- Zeid Hamadeh