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International Women’s Day 2016: Link Roundup

[Updated March 9th to add the @IAmSciComm list of women science communicators] Today was International Women’s Day, a day we celebrate the achievements of women around the globe. Obviously my personal focus is on women in science and academia, and I ran across a lot of interesting stuff on the web today. I thought I’d…

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Science in the post-Harper era

Canada’s 42nd election is a week behind us, and much has changed in Canada’s political landscape. The country heaved a collective sigh of relief following the election of Trudeau’s Liberals, expecting a major improvement over what we’ve experienced during the past 10 years of Harper’s reign. For Canadian science, the change in government can only…

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Fighting the War on Science Funding

In case you hadn’t heard, American geoscientists are in a fight for their (funding) lives, as the Republican-dominated Congress moves to make drastic cuts to geoscience budgets. From demanding that NASA focus more on space and less on earth observation, to creating their own definition of what constitutes ‘pure science’ – and thus which of…

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Questions about a Parliamentary Science Officer

A couple of weeks ago, the European Union’s Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) was axed. It didn’t make headlines in Canada until about a week ago, which was surprising given the push by Kennedy Stewart and the NDP for a Parliamentary Science Officer (PSO) here in Canada. I hadn’t thought very carefully about the PSO initiative…

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What’s an environmental scientist to do?

Regular blog followers may have noticed that I haven’t written much about environmental issues lately. It’s not that I’ve stopped paying attention to them, but that their weight on my spirit was becoming almost unbearable. I felt burned out by the continuous bad environmental news coming from governments at all levels, and it hasn’t really…