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Federal Funding for Canadian Scicomm?

Last week my colleague Pascal Lapointe (Agence Science-Presse) and I had a post up on the Science Borealis blog suggesting that the federal government’s review of federal science funding should consider funding for science communication. Last month, Swedish communications consultant Olle Bergman suggested that 3% of research funds be used for external science communication. Consider…

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The Perils of Writing About Women in Science

Writing about women in science is a tricky business. While you want to champion their contributions across a range of research fields, you also don’t want to single them out as mere “symbols” of women in science. The suggestion is that the term “woman in science” is unnecessary – that women are scientists on par…

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…