By rebeccagoulding

Rebecca Goulding is currently studying for a Ph.D. in Genetics at the Terry Fox Laboratory located in the spanking new BC Cancer Research Centre close to Vancouver General Hospital. The importance of public science education and communication is very close to her heart, and she finds that teaching science to high school and elementary students, as part of the Let's Talk Science crew at UBC, one of the most rewarding experiences of graduate student life.

Originally hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Rebecca is truly happiest when out climbing or skiing in the local or distant mountains or drinking a few beers in the evening sun after a long day at the lab. Her top four favourite web sites are currently BBC News, The Tyee, Wikipedia and of course the SCQ.


(This marks the first of five pieces to be presented this week, all written by the UBC Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program) Let’s start with a confession. I am 29 years old and I don’t own a cell phone, a TV or a car. I do not have a subscription to a broadband Internet service! Gasp! This is by choice! GASP! For these reasons my mum regularly refers to me as a “Luddite” on phone calls from my home town Dublin, Ireland. The Republic of Ireland has one of the largest mobile phone ownership in the world. Market penetration has…