Barry Shell

Barry Shell is a retired writer living in Vancouver. Shell worked at Simon Fraser University where he wrote about research for almost 30 years. He wrote and published the SFU Research Matters newsletter, the Library Update newsletter, and many research-related websites, the SFU Research YouTube site, and numerous brochures. He also organized popular speaker series and other research promotion activities on campus.

Shell has written four books, and many freelance articles. Originally from Winnipeg, he has a BSc in organic chemistry from Reed College in Portland, OR (1974) and an MSc in Resource Management Science from UBC (1985). His book Sensational Scientists (Raincoast Books) won a national book award in 2005. Shell's freelance works have appeared in the Globe and Mail, Equinox, Adbusters, and the Georgia Straight plus numerous appearances on CBC Vancouver radio talk shows The Early Edition, BC Almanac, U-TV News, CBC TV News, and the Discovery Channel. His work has been published online in the NY Times, Scientific American, and many other websites.

Shell is the founder of the GCS Research Society, a British Columbia non-profit that operates www.science.ca, the top Google hit for any search on Canadian science. From 2008 - 2012 Shell served on the board of CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, a non-profit responsible for the .ca domain name.

In his retirement Shell enjoys cycling, woodworking, gardening, cooking and perfumery hobbies. He also plays sax and flute in a Vancouver pop band. Shell would like to serve on boards involved in education, parks or housing.

Previously taught:

  • Making Sense of Scents: The Art and Science of Olfaction and Perfumery (55+)   PLUS116

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