I am working with a non-profit consulting group called In With Forward working with posAbilities, a BC group that works with people with developmental disabilities. Specifically, I am a “muse” on a project called Meraki, a subscription-box service (free) for people with developmental disabilities, bringing novel learning experiences to them to engender curiosity, purpose, meaning, etc. I created a box exploring the odd things about light. These boxes are given to people with developmental disabilities who wouldn’t otherwise get the opportunity to be exposed to these ideas.
I am a Facilitating Scholar for Leaning Out of Windows (LOoW), the interdisciplinary project between artists at Emily Carr and physists at TRIUMF funded by a 4-year SSHRC grant. My current involvement is for 10 months, starting in Sept 2018, and consists of using my expertise on interdisciplinarity to facilitate monthly discussions and workshops between artists and physicists to create interdisciplinary work. I hope to write a case study based on the experience. (2018-2019)
For many years is was a Senior Faculty Fellow for Jump Start and a member of the Academic Steering Committee. Jump Start started as a program for international and Aborigonal students that are new to UBC. The program started in the Faculty of Engineering and it designed to get you set up for university before you start the semester. This includes getting things like phones and bank accounts. My role focuses on getting you to think like a scientist and a scholar. I was involved in the program during its transition into a program for all student, both international and domestic.
Science 101 is a four month science course for residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and other inner city communities. There's no fee and no prequisites required. The program's goal is to bring science to those that have had difficulty accessing a univeristy education and have some fun while we do it.
For many years I was a physics panelist and moderator for AskScience, a forum on Reddit dedicated to answering questions from all fields of science. The list of panelists contains graduate students, post docs, and professionals from almost every field of science imaginable. I was the 79th person to subscribe. AskScience is now a default subreddit and has millions of subscribers.