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Science policy advocate interview

John Dupuis, over at Confessions of a Science Librarian, has been running email interviews with our iPolitics science policy series group. The most interesting questions, for me, was “…how [did you end] up involved in science advocacy? How do you define advocacy and what’s been the focus of your advocacy activities?” This was difficult to…

Canada is lost at sea

I want my Canada back

*Note: this post was re-printed on rabble.ca, which “features some of the best new and emerging progressive voices in Canada”. *Edited 6 Feb 8pm to add veteran’s affairs & environment-related charitable organizations* Everyone says that as we get older we long for the good old days, and think that the past has never been as…

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What is this ‘science communication’ you speak of?

My second post for Canadian Science Publishing came out on their blog yesterday. “Scientists are often bombarded with terms such as ‘outreach’ and ‘public engagement’, or ‘communicating science’ and making science ‘accessible’ to the public. The Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) promotes outreach in several forms – whether it’s women in science research…

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At home in nature

In a previous post, I mentioned a Guardian article that deemed nature writing little more than “bourgeois escapism” that romanticized the natural world. It’s made me consider why I enjoy nature writing (other than the romantic aspects, that is, haha). Of the many ideas that sprang to mind, the first was that nature is an antidote…

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Scientific societies in the internet age

My first post for Canadian Science Publishing came out on their blog yesterday: “These days much of our life takes place online: banking and bill payments, keeping in touch with friends and colleagues via social media, reading the news, and more. Are scientific societies keeping pace with these changes, and should they even try? As…