Meet the Scientist
Susan P. Yates, BSc, MSc, PhD
Once upon a time, I was an academic and a scientist. With a PhD in Biochemistry, I spent years in research laboratories making my own mark in the science world. I had great success as a researcher with 12 peer-reviewed publications, many in high impact journals like Nature, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Trends in Biological Sciences. Even with these accomplishments as a researcher, I have always received the greatest joy when I share my knowledge and experiences with others. There is no finer occupation than being an educator. I have had the privilege to act as a professor, teacher and mentor to thousands of students in the Canadian University and College systems for the past 10+ years.
But now I have the greatest job ever. I am a parent to two wonderful girls. These days I am rarely called Dr. Yates. I am usually called Ms. Yates, Susan or just simply Mom.
And with this new role, I have the special honour of sharing both my love and passion for science, learning, and education with my own children EVERY single day. I am reminded how wonderful it is to see things through the eyes of a child. Getting back to the roots of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) has been so refreshing. And this collaboration with my children has even taught me a few new things.
By creating STEM Play Every Day, my mission is to share our experiments and our experiences in the most honest way possible. I will always be practical and realistic about how things really went down. I promise to share the good, the bad and the ugly (and the hilarious!) because STEM can be all of those things. But the bottom line is it must be FUN! And trust me we’re having a BLAST!