Your Job Isn’t Who You Are

*Updated 1 Nov to add thanks to @jryancs.  It’s fall. The big leaf maples are shedding their leaves—a profusion of yellow, orange, and red covers the trail on our forest walk. I stay alert to the possibility of crossing paths with the bear that’s been wandering around our neighbourhood, but my ears are full of…

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…

Conversation as science communication

Last week I wrote about the phrase science literacy, and whether or not we should use it in science communication. Ultimately, I decided that it’s not as useful a tool as we think it is, particularly when you consider this this paper, which suggests that people who are more scientifically literate have “more polarized beliefs…