Spotlight on Student Talent

Video on how sleep deprivation affects the immune system, by students in my immunology (BLG856) course at Ryerson: Heber Antony, Marleena Roshan, Sukhdeepak Sandhu, Kevin Nguyen, Michael Ainis

Dr. Emily Agard
Director of SciXchange 
at Ryerson University

Photo:  Hilary Gauld photography

I'm on a mission to make science inclusive, accessible and engaging.

Video on lyme disease and immunology, made by students in my immunology (BLG856) class at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada in fall 2017

Students: Abinethaa Paramasivam, Kasthuri Krishnaratnam, Renée Bailey, Vanessa Longo, Andrea James

at Ryerson University 

SciXchange is the active agent for a science-literate culture and a scientifically engaged nation.

December 21, 2017

Tools to manage Type 1 diabetes:  syringe with insulin, and blood glucose meter and test strips (Photo:  stevepb at Pixabay)

Scientific research is all about discovering what is happening in the world around us, and within our own bodies. This means sometimes, new information is found that challenges our prior knowledge. Earlier this year, a study suggested that researchers and clinicians may have to change the way they think ab...

December 12, 2017

Three elementary school girls are learning robotics with a university student facilitator at a Let's Talk Science summer computer science camp at Ryerson University (photo: E. Agard for Let's Talk Science)

"How can we change the narrative of science in this country?" That was the question the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, posed to us at the opening of the Canada 2067 National Leadership Conference j...

December 20, 2016

Two female elementary school students conducting experiment in a university lab with their mentor (Photo Credit:  Katie O'Dwyer) 

Sometimes having a mentor can make all the difference in choosing a career path or field of study. Mentoring youth has positive impact on their development and academic achievement. A study by Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada found that youth with mentors were more confident in their academic abil...

November 23, 2016

I recently shared on Twitter a Youtube video about "a tale of two women" in science. Based on a true story, the video narrates the career paths of two female scientists, from the time they graduate with their bachelor's degrees, outlining along the way the factors that impact their careers. The story struck a chord with my audience, garnering over 15,000 impressions on Twitter.

In Canada, women remain underrepresented in the STEM fie...

April 9, 2015

You don't have to be a scientist to be scientifically literate. Science is for everyone. In fact, many of us might not be aware of it, but science plays a big role in our daily lives.

From our well-being and health care to the products we use to our impact on the environment, we make countless science-based decisions everyday. As renowned chemist Rosalind Franklin once said, "Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separat...

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