Out with the old, in with the new

*Updated Jan 9 with info from CSP.

Now is the time when everyone posts their ‘best of 2015’ lists, so I thought I’d join in on the fun.

Over at Science Borealis, we counted down our top ten most read editorial posts on the Borealis Blog. Our talented group of volunteer editors cover a broad range of topics, all of which were reflected in the list. I was lucky enough to have three posts in the top ten.

In tenth place was my post on Water problems in water-rich Canada, while a post I co-authored with Steph Taylor (@8crayonscience) came in fifth: Science and the Canadian election: a resource list. A post I co-authored with Sri Ray-Chauduri (@3amscience) came in first place: National Forest Week and the misconception of deforestation. The funny thing is that this was actually a post from the fall of 2014, which appears to have had some staying power.

Check out the entire list here – there’s a range of excellent topics to explore, from science blogging to animal testing, from Canadian science policy to the joys of math and statistics.

I wrote a number of guest posts for Canadian Science Publishing’s blog, three of which made it into their top ten posts of the year. My post on What is a Scientist? came in first, Scientists Must Communicate! But How? was third, and What is this ‘science communication’ you speak of? (which is actually from 2014!) was fourth.Thanks everyone for taking the time to read my posts!

Prolific science communicator, Kirk Englehardt, has collated his list of the top science communication stories of 2015. There’s a ton of good stuff in this list from Canadian science writers like Julia Belluz and Glendon Mellow, and I’m happy to say that two of my posts were also included. One was a guest post for the Canadian Science Writers’ Association on the gap between science writers and scientists, and the other was a post I wrote for Canadian Science Publishing on using Twitter as a teaching tool.

The New Year isn’t just about looking backwards at the best of 2015, but also involves looking forward to our plans for 2016.

2015 was a rough year for me in terms of both physical and mental health, so my plans for 2016 revolve largely around taking better care of myself. This includes writing and posting regularly on this blog (I have a few ideas for January already!), enjoying lots of outdoor activities (hiking, kayaking, gardening, cycling), spending time with our dogs, and making sure not to overdo it.

Happy new year everyone, and let’s hope we can all stay on track!

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