TEACHING

Formal (University) Teaching

My dual roles of scientist and science writer shape my teaching and mentoring. I want all students to develop their subject knowledge, learning skills (e.g. critical thinking, study skills), and science communication skills. 

Instructor of Record

Instructor, Practical Skills for Biologists (BI196)

Wilfrid Laurier University, Spring 2022

Lecture- and tutorial-based course about the fundamental practical skills required of biologists, including experimental design, hypothesis testing, observation and data collection, data analysis, and oral/written/visual communication of science to various audiences.

Instructor, Fish Physiological Adaptations (BI451)

Wilfrid Laurier University, Fall 2021
Lecture- and student seminar-based course focusing on the physiological and anatomical adaptations of fishes. Topics included swimming, respiration, circulation, iono- and osmoregulation, the senses, and others.

Co-instructor, Animals: Form and Function (BI358)

Wilfrid Laurier University, Fall 2020
Lecture and laboratory-based course focusing on comparative investigation of animal anatomy and physiology using a systems approach (respiration, circulation, metabolism, and other areas). Central themes include homeostasis and anatomical, physiological, and behavioural adaptations. 

Course syllabi available upon request. 

Guest lectures

I regularly contribute guest lectures about my research/fish physiology as well as various science communication topics. 

Representative guest lecture topics include: 

“Writing for Outside JEB & Crash Course: Zoology” (2022)

“Effect of the lampricides on sea lamprey mitochondria"  (2021)

“Science communication in zoology with Outside JEB” (2021)

“Mitochondria, lampricides, and sea lamprey control” (2021) 

“Science writing 101” (2020)

"Animals in a changing world as a scientist and science writer" (2019)

“Responses of killifish to intermittent hypoxia” (2019)

Textbook authorship

Rossi, G.S. and Borowiec, B.G. In prep. “Muscle physiology and plasticity [working title]” The Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology (2nd Edition). Elsevier.

Borowiec, B.G. and Freud, C.A. In press. “The 5 Fact Story” Teaching Science Students to Communicate: A Practical Guide. Springer Nature. IBSN: 978-3-030-91627-5.

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Informal Teaching - SciComm Workshops

I regularly facilitate custom science communication workshops for graduate students, faculty, and professionals. if you or your organization may be in interested in a workshop, visit the Book Me! page

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Recent Workshops

Being a Scientist Online, McMaster University McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching and Leadership Program (2022). Personal branding, use of social media as a scientist, and personal website building for academic researchers. 

Getting Your Science Out There, Canadian Rivers Institute (2022). Described a framework for science communication work and practical recommendations in the use of social media for science communication.

Instructor, Science Communication 101, Laurentian SETAC short course (2021). Fundamental science communication skills of knowing your audience, storytelling, and handling jargon.

 

Instructor, Science Communication 101, University of Waterloo (2021). Fundamental science communication skills of knowing your audience, storytelling, and handling jargon.