Peter Hollman

What outreach or public engagement do you do? 

Over the years I have done many activities from DNA extractions to dissections with students ranging from primary to high school.  I have participated in many of our institutional events such as our open house.  I have also provided lab tours and contributed to professional development activities of school teachers. 

Why are you passionate about reaching out to young people or the public? 

It is a lot of fun.  A curious and educated public will hopefully also value and support science.  An informed public will also be able to make more informed decisions about a wide range of issues as well as support science to solve problems ranging from diseases to climate change.   

You are a scientist. Did you ever want to be something else? 

Yes, I think I would have also been an awesome ski bum or a pilot.

What three achievements in your life are you proudest of?  

I am a proud father of four boys that enjoy a good challenge and appreciate education.  I am proud of having been able to work with so many students and the opportunity to show them amazing things about my area of expertise.   I am honored that my students and the university have recognized my teaching with an Excellence in Teaching award. 

What was your first summer job?  

A cashier at a fast food restaurant, but in my teens I have also worked as a rink rat, built outhouses and fences as well as cleaned up rural garbage sites in North Eastern BC.    

Which favourite artists/groups/pieces of music do you listen to?

I have a high turnover on my playlist but some of my current favorites include: The Arkells, The Zolas, Radiohead and Twenty One Pilots.

How do you get to work every day?

I drive 286 km from Hope to the Burnaby campus and back in the most fuel efficient cars I can afford.

What are your favorite things to do when you aren’t working?

I love mountain biking, alpine skiing, hiking and running.  I also enjoy family dinners and entertaining with family and friends.

Which 5 words would you use to describe yourself? 

Curious, Energetic, Adrenalin-junky, Happy and Helpful

What advice do you have for a young person wanting to pursue outreach as a part of a science?

Just try it.