Joel Carter is a “recovering physician.” He specializes in end stage illness and cancer, using storytelling to connect with and care for patients. He’s one of the speakers at TEDxWinnipeg on June 6 and we caught up with him to ask a few questions before the big event.
New York isn’t quite a galaxy far, far away, but just in case Todd Scott took a wookie along for the trip. And, of course, some humorous tips for using an automatic external defibrillator (AED).
What motivates you?
My goal is to make sure that Canadians have opportunities to do science in space. These opportunities are rare, so we seek the best science that can have an impact on Canadians. Someday opportunities to do science in space will be abundant, but right now, they are rare, expensive and not easy to implement. In many ways, space health science is a pioneering science that lets us use the environment of space to learn things we cannot easily learn on Earth. It is very exciting to be here and see amazing science getting done in space, and to see how living things, especially humans, adapt and respond to space flight. Science changes how we see the world and ourselves.