Dr. Eva Pip taught biology at the University of Winnipeg and retired in early September.
AREA OF RESEARCH: Toxicology, water quality, public health
NUMBER OF PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES PUBLISHED: Almost 100 (95 or 96 or maybe more, I don’t keep track anymore), also three books, many book chapters.
LOWEST GRADE IN UNIVERSITY: B+ (in English!) I didn’t learn English until later in life.
FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF: Being able to take a beating (metaphorical) and do what I feel is right, according to my own conscience, regardless of what others think or say, or how unpopular it might be. I am so beaten up by now that I am surprised and suspicious whenever somebody pays me a compliment.
WHAT’S YOUR SUPERPOWER: Spirituality is the power that drives everything in my life. The god of most religions is way too small. Seeing the big picture of the universe and the importance of every living creature in it. Appreciating the sacred work of the Creator and our urgent responsibility in preserving and respecting our environment and our planet . Doing one's part in contributing towards a better tomorrow for those that will follow when we are gone.
WORST TEACHING MOMENT: Having to do a live dissection in first year biology lab (on an earthworm). I couldn't do it because it is a living creature that deserves compassion too.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION: My own book of course, A Bird Must Fly. Others: Plutonia by Vladimir Obruchev, Adventures in New Guinea by Mikloukha-Maklai, hundreds of favourite others. Many, many more hundreds waiting to be read.
Published in Volume 71, Number 1 of The Uniter (September 8, 2016)