Wednesday on the Web: 5 Jul Edition

Science funding in Canada A new report from the Global Young Academy, spearheaded by three Canadian professors, determined that 40% of Canadian scientists had turned from basic to applied research in the last decade in response to changes in the government’s funding model. They argue that this reduces the likelihood of ‘Einstein-like thinking,’ as researchers…

Listening to Rachel Carson

A few weeks ago I watched a documentary on PBS about Rachel Carson. Like most people, I’d heard about her and knew she’d written Silent Spring. But (also like most people, I presume) I hadn’t actually read it, and I knew next to nothing about either any of the other books she’d written, or her…

Building Community from the Ground Up

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m deeply interested in the question of community: what it is, how you build it, and how it sustains you. On her Social In Silico blog, Lou Woodley outlines six types of communities: of interest, of practice, of inquiry, of action, of place, and of circumstance. Since…

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The Joys of Volunteering

Last week I had a guest post up on the Canadian Science Publishing blog about volunteering for your scientific society. Based on my own experience and previous discussions with others, I laid out some ideas on why and how to get involved with your scientific society, and how to make the most of it. It’s…