Breaking down the ivory tower all in a day’s work for scientist

Ask E. Paul Zehr what comic books can offer to science and he will tell you: a different way of teaching. Zehr, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Victoria and director of the UVic Centre for Biomedical Research, has written numerous academic papers. He has also authored three books on science. But unlike the academic papers, his books — Project Superhero, Inventing Iron Man and Becoming Batman — are aimed at ordinary people. To make them accessible, Zehr uses superheroes to explain scientific concepts. “I’m a big believer in blowing the ivory tower down, taking it down brick by brick and getting rid of it,” he said in a telephone interview. In a ceremony last month in Chicago, the Society for Neuroscience recognized Zehr’s efforts at increasing understanding…


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