Here’s a bunch of random stuff that each aren’t long enough to make a blog posting on their own, but collectively make up a bunch of random stuff.
- Some very cool people are getting honourary doctorates at UBC1 this year, including satirist Rick Mercer, author Douglas Coupland, and astronaut Julie Payette. Also getting a UBC HonDoc is the person with the worst French language skills on the planet, John Furlong2. One name on the list that really caught my eye was Dr. Nora Volkow – she’s the Director of the US National Institute of Drug Addiction3. You can see her in this HBO documentary on addiction, where she does an amazing job explaining the science of addiction. Her work as a neuroscientist has gone a long way to show that addiction involves a pathophysiology of the brain – so addiction isn’t about strength of will or moral character, it’s a disease.
- Here’s some interesting information about how larger plates are making us fatter. I’ve read quite a few studies recently on how portion sizes have increased over the years – both at restaurants and at homes. Further, studies show that bigger portion size actually results in people taking bigger bites of food.
- I have a date for the Polar Bear Swim on January 1, 2011. My friend Krista has agreed to join me! And, as she says, we’ve said it on the intertubes, so now we *have* to do it!
- For some unknown reason, WordPress has stopped emailing me comments that are made on my blog. I have it set up to do so, as seen here, but I don’t get emails. So if I’m slower at replying to comments than I used to be, blame WordPress. I’m innocent.
- Today, my friend Dr. Jen officially became Dr. Jen. Technically, you aren’t allowed to use the PhD behind your name, or call yourself “Dr.,” until after your convocation4. Even though once you’ve handed the final copy of your thesis into the Faculty of Graduate Studies, you’ve done all you need to do. But until the degree is actually granted on convocation day, you technically don’t have it. Not like that stops anyone from calling themselves “Dr.” right from the moment the committee at the defence says “I’m pleased to inform you…” though. Congratulations, Dr. Jen!!
- I hope to get an HonDoc some day. Because I have a fascination with collecting letters to put behind my name. [↩]
- seriously, I have better French than that guys AND I DON’T EVEN SPEAK FRENCH [↩]
- an aside: I was just perusing Dr. Volkow’s Wikipedia page and apparently she’s the great granddaughter of Trotsky! [↩]
- same is technically true of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, but since you don’t change your honorific with those degrees, it’s not such a big deal [↩]