Mistakes, Missteps, and Mindsets: Stories of Failure and Resilience in Academia

Mistakes, Missteps, and Mindsets aims to address the stigma surrounding failure in academia. Every week hosts Alex Whyte and Dr. Krystal Nunes will interview Toronto Metropolitan University community members where we will dive into stories of their professional failures and how they bounced back and navigated those setbacks.

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Tuesday Apr 02, 2024

We are back from the brink of the end-of-semester slump with a brand new episode featuring Dr. Areej Al-Hamad!
Dr. Al-Hamad is an Assistant Professor at the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Toronto Metropolitan University and an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary in Canada and Qatar. She holds two doctorate degrees: the first in Rural and Northern Health from Laurentian University and the second in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario. Her research program focuses on social justice and the intersectionality of healthcare for equity deserving populations, including women and refugees.
To learn more about Dr. Al-Hamad's research, visit: https://www.torontomu.ca/nursing/about/people/faculty/areej-al-hamad/
#MadeInToronto #Toronto #TorontoMetropolitanUniversity #TMU #Nursing #RefugeeCare #EquityDeservingGroups #WomenRefugees #WomenInStem #WomenInAcademia

Saturday Mar 30, 2024

Hey Friends! 
The last 2 weeks have been crazy but we still have some episodes to release! I will be releasing 2 episodes this upcoming week to make it up to you.
Please fill out our survey through this anonymous Google Form: https://forms.gle/jmefuvLsnVB4K28s6
The survey consists of multiple choice and short answer questions and will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Participants can enter to win an Amazon gift card (grand prize of $100, two additional $50 prizes)! The survey will remain available until March 31, 2024.
We hope you enjoy the podcast!
- Dr. Krystal Nunes and Alex Whyte, hosts of Mistakes, Missteps, and Mindsets

Wednesday Mar 13, 2024

This week we talked with Élyse Comeau a PhD candidate in Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. Élyse works in urban planning, specializing in transportation policy, planning, and equity. Her current research focuses on the intersection of transportation planning and accessibility, and her dissertation work is specifically focused on accessible student transportation.
She works as a Research Affiliate in the Engagement & Planning for Inclusive Communities Lab (EPIC Lab) at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Previously, she worked at Sajecki Planning as an urban planner and is also TMU alum, receiving her Masters of Planning in Urban Development in 2018.
#Torontomade #Toronto #TorontometropolitanUniversity #TMU #SSHRC #Discovergrant #UofT #Urbanplanning 

Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

This week we talked to Dr. Bryan Koivisto, an associate professor here at TMU in the Department of Chemistry and Biology.
Dr. Koivisto talks about the struggle that was his undergraduate journey, failing the very course he teaches today, how he dealt with parental pressure, and how sometimes all you need is a duck to bring you back from the brink.
To learn more about Dr. Koivisto's work visit:https://www.torontomu.ca/solar/
#podcast #womeninstem #failure #growthmindset #academia #education #organicchemistry #madeintoronto #TMU #Torontometropolitanuniversity #SSHRC #chemistry #biology #biochem #green energy

Tuesday Feb 27, 2024

This week we interviewed Dr. Kateryna Metersky, an assistant professor from Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Toronto Metropolitan University.
Dr. Metersky talks to us about her work studying people-centered care and the intersectionality between health and socioeconomic standing, the struggles she had explaining to her parents her choice to pursue academia, and how she finally made them proud all these years later.
To learn more about Dr. Kateryna Metersky visit: https://www.torontomu.ca/nursing/about/people/faculty/kateryna-metersky/#!accordion-1626877069286-publications
#podcast #womeninstem #nursing #TMU #academia #stem #Torontometropolitanuniversity #torontomade #SSHRC

Tuesday Feb 13, 2024

This week we talked to Dr. David Kinahan, the Senior Director of Development Communications here at Toronto Metropolitan University. David walks us through his journey of self discovery, from leaving dental school to pursuing a PhD in English Literature, Dr. Kinahan doesn't look at his pass failures as a negative thing but instead looks at them as strategic moves that culminated in his future success.

Monday Feb 05, 2024

This week we talk to Dr. Eden Fussner-Dupas is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UBC and former TMU instructor about her unconventional journey to becoming a professor.
From failing her first chemistry exam, to ultimately obtaining a PhD in biochemistry, Dr. Fussner-Dupas frames her setbacks as stepping stones that have ultimately led her to becoming a professor who aims to revolutionize the way learning happens in the classroom. 
To learn more about Dr. Fussner-Dupas' work visit: https://biochem.ubc.ca/faculty-2/eden-fussner-dupas/
#podcast #stem #womeninstem #failure #academia #toronto #torontometropolitianuniversity #TMU#sshrc

Monday Jan 29, 2024

In this episode we interview Julia Pia, a Toronto Metropolitan alum, who completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 2020. Following her undergraduate degree, Julia received a Master of Science in chemistry from the University of Toronto in 2022. Today, Julia is the CEO and founder of Ment Projects, a mentorship business that enhances career development through innovation and collaboration. 

Monday Jan 22, 2024

This week we interviewed Toronto Metropolitan University professor Dr. Lynda McCarthy about her journey from visiting the Canada Center for Inland Waters with her elementary school to becoming a great lakes ecotoxicologist and professor. Dr. McCarthy details the struggles she faced going from an institution with unlimited resources to a burgeoning start-up university, having her research shut down under questionable circumstances, and how crucial it is to "Let Your Voice Be Heard!".
To learn more about Dr. McCarthys research visit: https://www.torontomu.ca/mccarthy-research-lab/

Tuesday Jan 16, 2024

Cohosts Dr. Krystal Nunes and Alex Whyte talk about the goal of the podcast and interview each other about their academic journeys and the roadblocks they've encountered along the way.

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