Chantelle Dubois

Materials that self-heal and shapeshift

Materials science is the study of new materials through the lens of interdisciplinary science and engineering. The discipline requires knowledge of chemistry, physics, and engineering…


Organ farm

Organ transplant is a topic that has not only been a source of inspiration for plots in movies and books, but is also the fuel…


Rocket size competition

A decade ago, it would have been hard to believe that two eccentric billionaires would be making passive-aggressive remarks via social media on each other’s rocket…


Science in 2016

We have now entered the year 2016. While hoverboards are still not ubiquitous (real hoverboards, that is) and we’re not quite sporting the fashion predicted…


More on the STEM gender gap

In early November, I wrote an editorial about the gender gap in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. The article was met with polarizing opinions concerning what I had written: some people really agreed with me and some people did not.

I think the only thing I really regret about that editorial is the last statement I made, which comes off as flippant and shouldn’t have been included. However, I do not back away from my initial statement about gender-focused initiatives.



Notes from the Star Field

On Nov. 19 I attended one of several planned high-level preparatory meetings in anticipation of UNISPACE +50 to be held in 2018. The UNISPACE conferences are organized by the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space with the intent of bringing nations together.


Dementia Hack

This November, three graduate students from the department of electrical and computer engineering attended Dementia Hack in Toronto, focusing on technology-based solutions for patients with dementia.



2015: A SPACE odyssey

On Nov. 10, the United States Senate passed H.R. 2262, also known as the Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship (SPACE) Act of 2015. What…