Do You Even Science

Canadian Science
Science Policy
Knowledge Mobilization
Higher Education


Mon Oct 08 2018 (22:32)

Finishing something can almost be as hard as starting it

Writing the acknowledgements, giving thanks to the people who have helped you along the way, is a surprisingly difficult part of completing your thesis. It’s also usually the last thing you do. In this episode, Simon talks about the difficulty and importance of knowing how to end a project, goes over his notes from a meeting with Toronto city councillor Joe Mihevc on why Canada should decriminalize all drugs, and talks about the importance for scientists to consider the science as a flawed but w ...

Becoming a science journalist

Mon Sep 24 2018 (59:56)

Mirjam Guesgen talks about her journey from researcher to freelancer science journalist

In this episode, Simon talk with his Mirjam Guesgen (who met at the workshop organized by BBC superstar science journalist Matt McGrath from episode 2!) about her journey from academic researcher to award winning journalist. Their conversation, like Mirjam's journey, covers a lot of ground. From her doctoral research with sheep in New Zealand to her post-doctoral research with cows in Canada, there have been many surprising stops along the way. In their discussion, Mirjam shares advice for buddi ...


Wed Sep 12 2018 (59:59)

What exactly is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) anyway?

In this episode, Simon talk with his friend Yasmin Beydoun about her path to becoming a speech-language pathologist. Their conversation takes them everywhere from meeting at a nerd camp for entrepreneurial neuroscience students in Halifax to her clinical training with linguistic minorities. We also learn about the complexities around swallowing, how standardized tests can keep out marginalized communities from becoming healthcare professionals, and the politics of school speech assessments.Are y ...

Two smarty-pants under the same roof

Mon Aug 27 2018 (59:12)

What it’s like being in a couple with two PhDs

In this very special episode, Simon co-hosts with his partner Nicola while Deena is away at an international conference. Simon gives an update on his job hunt and explains the difference between tenure-track professor and course instructors. Nicola talks about her experience with radical career change, having gone from electrical engineer to psychologist working with individuals with borderline personality disorder. They finish by discussing what it’s like, the pros and cons, of being in a coupl ...

Win some, lose some

Mon Aug 13 2018 (58:57)

Our failures don't need to define us

Our failures don't need to define us - cliche, we know! Listen as Simon and Deena share some of their failures while in academia and as far back as high school. Also, Simon's good friend Dom shares what she views as failures during her PhD and, "against all odds", becoming a faculty member in a prestigious liberal arts university in New York. Deena shares the perspective from an interview she came across that allowing oneself to be vulnerable and share failures comes from a place of privilege. W ...

Green Rush or Green Goblin?

Mon Jul 30 2018 (59:41)

The varying potencies of Canadian cannabis legalization

Green Rush or Green Goblin - The varying potencies of cannabis legalization. Listen to Part 1 of Simon and Deena's discussion about drug use in Canada. Topics include: decriminalization vs legalization; Fact Check on cannabis laced with fentanyl; apparent East-Coast trend of lacing cannabis with Windex; the varying drug policies re: cannabis by province; and harm reduction techniques. In an upcoming episode, Part 2, Simon and Deena take drug policy questions to the leader of their constituency a ...


Mon Jul 16 2018 (58:38)

or The Death of Evidence-Based Policy

Recent happenings in Ontario have put the province in the spotlight. Listen as Deena summarize current events, such as U of T's new policy mandating involuntary medical leave of absence for mental health issues; and, the shocking return to the 1998 sexual education curriculum. Simon reminds us of an important aspect of politics - who is accountable for potential harm associated with new party policies, particularly when a solid evidence-base exists? Simon presents a concise synopsis and analysis ...


Mon Jul 02 2018 (58:58)

Call me Dr not Miss or Ms. I've earned the title.

According to @drdeenamhamza, the #ImmodestWomen movement is just beginning. Listen as @drsimonlandry and Deena discuss the source of this hashtag and their experiences using the title "Dr."Bonus: Deena has kept Simon honest in his "make-right" project. Listen as Simon shares the letter he sent to his forgotten participants.Follow us @DYES_podcast and on iTunes. Leave us comments and reviews - we'd love to hear your thoughts!

Weaponized Knowledge

Tue Jun 19 2018 (58:56)

Unethical use of research. Where does researcher responsibility begin and end?

Knowledge mobilization, knowledge translation, and knowledge transfer and exchange – what do these terms really mean? Do you know the difference between innovation and invention? Simon updates Deena on “broader impact” and his take on a recent conference he attended in Winnipeg. As a topic of interest, Simon shares a recent article he came across in the Globe & Mail about Canadian research with an industry partner that led to a patent for the company. However, this intellectual property, 5g tech ...

Hello! Imposter Syndrome

Mon Jun 04 2018 (46:26)

"I can't be smart all the time": High or impossible expectations?

During conversations, Simon has noticed Deena use the line: "I can't be smart all the time" and has often wondered how this phrase came to be. In this episode of "Do You Even Science?" Deena shares that her go-to line is a culmination of events occurring during her PhD and after as she tackles trainee positions as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Medicine. Listen to discover if Deena has been facing high expectations, perhaps a bar she can't reach? Or are the expectations themselves impossible and/or un ...

Regrets, I've had a few

Mon May 21 2018 (32:57)

“Water & Oil” and “Missed Connections” are two of Simon’s greatest regrets in his journey through his PhD

Regrets – I’ve had a Few: Graduate studies are a long-term investment and during this path there are a lot of ups and downs, and at some stages, more downs than ups. Simon agrees to be really vulnerable and share his experiences with listeners. As he details his feelings during and after his PhD, Deena and Simon come up with a plan to support positive change and wellbeing.What are your regrets from grad school? Tweet us @DYES_podcast. We’d love to hear your thoughts. If you want to help us out, ...

Between the ears or between the legs?

Mon May 07 2018 (40:51)

Deena teaches Simon about transgender rights

How is “policy” defined? And, what role do researchers play in the development of policies? Simon and Deena share their view on how “policy” is defined and the importance of taking research findings a step further, and how to engage politicians and other leaders in our work. Evidence-base leading to policy development, or policy development guiding the evidence-base?As a topic of interest in her field, Deena teaches Simon about transgender rights through Canada’s newly enacted policy to support ...

Who cares? Re: Communicating Science

Sun Apr 22 2018 (42:37)

Straight from the expert, BBC science journalist Matt McGrath (@MattMcGrathBBC) answers a pressing question: "Who Cares?" when it comes to communicating science. Insightful tips on how to communicate science from building relationships with journalists to

Straight from the expert, BBC Science Journalist Matt McGrath (@MattMcGrathBBC) answers a pressing question: "Who Cares?" when it comes to communicating science. While honing his skills through a position at York University as the Science Communicator in Residence, Matt is snagged on his last day in Canada for a DYES interview by Simon (@drsimonlandry). Insightful tips on how to communicate science from building relationships with journalists to creating usable audiovisual content. What does sc ...

Urgh...What a waste!

Sun Apr 08 2018 (43:42)

Deena and Simon discuss the idea of "quitting" academia, talk about their path to getting their PhDs, and how both staying and leaving academia can make you feel like you've wasted your time.

Deena and Simon discuss the idea of "quitting" academia, talk about their path to getting their PhDs, and how both staying and leaving academia can make you feel like you've wasted your time. The CBC article that sparked this conversation is: From professor-in-waiting to florist: Why some PhDs are quitting academia for unconventional jobs. We want to hear from you! Let us know on Twitter, at @DYES_podcast, if you feel your academic training was a waste because you left or maybe it's the opposi ...