Answers general questions for Ask-A-Scientist
"I've always liked science because the world can be a strange place but the rationality of science is a comfort in confusing times."
Barry Shell is a retired writer living in Vancouver. Shell worked at Simon Fraser University where he wrote about research for 27 years. He wrote and published the SFU Research Matters newsletter, the Library Update newsletter, and many research-related websites as well as SFU Research YouTube site, and numerous brochures. He also organized popular speaker series and other research promotion activities on campus.
Shell has written four books and many freelance articles. Originally from Winnipeg, he has a BSc in Organic Chemistry from Reed College in Portland, OR (1974) and an MSc in Resource Management Science from UBC (1985). His book Sensational Scientists (Raincoast Books) won a national book award in 2005. Shell's freelance works have appeared in the Globe and Mail, Equinox, Adbusters, and the Georgia Straight plus numerous appearances on CBC Vancouver radio talk shows The Early Edition, BC Almanac, U-TV News, CBC TV News, and the Discovery Channel. His work has been published online in The New York Times, Scientific American, and many other websites.
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