Scientist to science writer

It began as an adventure, of the flying kind. The smell of jet fuel and the constant engine roar in the quilted interior of the de Havilland Beaver reminded me of the Arctic. Of travelling three hours by Twin Otter to a remote glacier site, then waiting anxiously two months later, in fog and rainy…

Blogging all over the place

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve blogged here, but it’s not as though I’m not blogging at all. In fact, most of my posts lately have been appearing on the Canadian Science Publishing blog. Thanks to CSP for letting me share some ideas on science and society, and science culture. In case you’ve missed…

Finding your science ‘voice’

I’ve just finished reading Terry Tempest Williams’ When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice. In it she talks about finding our voice – whether it’s out loud or on the page, alone or in a group of people. Williams’ book made me think about how scientists seem to think that voice is the terrain…

Scientific societies in the internet age

My first post for Canadian Science Publishing came out on their blog yesterday: “These days much of our life takes place online: banking and bill payments, keeping in touch with friends and colleagues via social media, reading the news, and more. Are scientific societies keeping pace with these changes, and should they even try? As…