Making Big Ideas Happen

SWCC People’s Choice Award Winner – Canada’s Favourite Science Site: Let’s Talk Science By Malgosia Ip, for SWCC Amy Cook was a graduate student at Western University when she and her colleague Mira Ray started a small not-for-profit organization called CRAM Science. They were both passionate about science outreach, but found that outreach activities typically […]

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Science Essays: Another Way to Explore the Facts

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By Erin Zimmerman, Co-editor, Science in Society “A piece of writing has to start somewhere, go somewhere, and sit down when it gets there.” — Essayist John McPhee, Draft No. 4 What is it? Many people are unaware that science essays are their own genre. They can masquerade as other things: features, reviews, researched personal essays, […]

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Body of Evidence: debunking medical myths

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By Alina Fisher The winner of our ‘Canada’s Favourite Blog for 2017’ contest was Body of Evidence, run by scientists keen on cutting through the prolific medical misinformation found on the Internet. Take a quick look at their site and you’ll find many ways to administer your regular dose of medical news—blog post, podcast, or […]

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Engaging youth in popular science writing

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By Alex Chattwood, Communication, Education & Outreach Editor Like many scientists trying to make their way in science communication, I have participated in a lot of professional development workshops. A few weeks ago, I attended a workshop led by paleontologist Sara ElShafie on the application of Pixar storytelling strategies to science communication. I am very […]

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Memories of Science: an experimental zine

By Raymond Nakamura and Katrina Vera Wong, Multimedia Co-editors A zine is a vestigial, pre-internet medium that is re-emerging as part of a rise in self-publishing—think of a small-circulation miniature magazine. Zines’ tangible nature is part of their appeal, combined with the independent spirit of their creators and despite, or perhaps in response to, our […]

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