Workplace Exposures, Motherhood, and Bicycling: Paths to and through Academia

  • Kay Teschke, Population and Public Health, in conversation with Jerry Wasserman
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    Thursday, November 26, 5-6:30 pm
    in the series
    Senior Scholars' Series: The Passions that Drive Academic Life
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    After a degree in economics, Kay Teschke tried law school but was bored and broke, so found a job in a local factory. Blue collar working conditions were a shock and inspired a clear research focus for the next 33 years: assessing hazardous industrial exposures. Through the years, she typically biked to work. After her daughter was born, she noticed that the hierarchy of work exposure controls she taught to students was completely upside down for bicycling, with the emphasis on helmets instead of crash prevention engineering. This inspired a new program of research on bicycling injury prevention.

    Jerry Wasserman is Emeritus Professor of English and Theatre, having retired in 2016 after 44 years teaching at UBC. Jerry is also an actor and theatre critic with Lifetime Achievement awards from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research and the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Association. He is a member of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

    This ongoing series is offered in association with the UBC Emeritus College. Responding to the necessities of the COVID-19 pandemic we have changed our format this year to present senior UBC academics in conversation with interviewer, theatre critic, and actor Jerry Wasserman. We will hear from colleagues from several academic disciplines whose intellectual interests, personal trajectories and engagement with the university and society differ considerably. Conversations will range widely across personal experiences and academic careers. The conversations will be of interest to early-, mid-, and late- career scholars, as well as members of the general public, as they reveal the diversity and richness of academic lives and the passions that drive them. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions of each speaker.

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November 26th, 2020 from  5:00 PM to  6:30 PM
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