The Paintings of Frederick Banting

Doctor Frederick Banting: Visionary scientist, researcher and… artist? Banting’s discovery of insulin came to define his life and career, and although it was his best-known accomplishment, it was certainly not his only one. This week, I have been researching Banting’s artwork to create an online map of his travels, and I find myself constantly surprised […]

Behind the Scenes: This Week’s Adorable Tours!

It’s the end of my first week of being in charge at Banting House, and I have to say, it’s been pretty nice. I’ve had the opportunity to connect a little more with the volunteers, and they’ve all been very helpful. I’ve also been preparing some ideas for World Diabetes Day. There’s a new “WDD […]

Fun Facts about the Flame of Hope!

This week, I’ve spent a lot of time learning everything there is to know about the Flame of Hope, and I finally finished the Wikipedia article I’ve been creating for it! Photograph by: Mark Spowart What I usually tell people on my tours is that the Flame of Hope honours all those affected by diabetes […]

Miss Idaho and the Faces of Diabetes

This week, my attention was caught by something very inspirational in the news! Courageous Beauty Pageant contestant (now winner of the Miss Idaho title), Sierra Sandison, wore her insulin pump on stage during the swimsuit contest. Her actions sparked a viral, very positive response on Twitter. People who suffer from diabetes and use a pump […]

Banting: A stellar individual

This week, I’ve been researching Sir Frederick Banting’s trip to the moon… Okay, he didn’t actually go to the moon, but his name is on it (figuratively speaking, of course)! “Banting” is the name of a crater on the moon, and has been since 1973. Banting’s crater is a bowl-shaped, “simple” crater – the smallest […]