Andrew Pelling challenges conventions in science and academia

Pat Rich, University Affairs, Aug 09, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I get criticized for my won approach to research, so it's good to see this article about Andrew Pelling, a University of Ottawa biophysicist who indulges in, as the article says, "brainstorming whimsy." I can identify. “I’d make a discovery in the lab," he says, "and I’d be all excited and tell my colleagues, and they’d look at me with this blank expression and say, ‘So what’s the application?’ It sent me a very clear signal that people only valued my research if there was a dollar sign or some bogus application at the end of it.”

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