Science Writing: Behind the Scenes

Last week I published an article in Nature. Ha, I’ll bet you thought I meant a scientific article in the prestigious journal, Nature. Nope. I published a Careers Q&A with Dr. Aerin Jacob, a conservation scientist with the Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative (Y2Y), based in Canmore. It came out in Nature Careers last Tuesday, and…

J is for Jargon

Impenetrable phrases. Acronyms. Unpronounceable words that require a dictionary to understand their meaning. That would be jargon! Some argue that jargon is a necessity given increasing disciplinary specialization: if you study nanotechnology and its use in health sciences, you likely won’t use the same words – or language – as someone who studies invertebrates in…