Science Borealis, and our co-sponsor, the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada are excited to present the nominees for the 2017 People’s Choice Awards: Canada’s Favourite Science Online!
This year you are invited to vote for your 3 favourites in 2 categories — Favourite Science Blog and Favourite Science Site. The winners of each category will get snazzy site badges, endless bragging rights, and will be featured in full writeups on both our blog and SWCC’s site.
Once you’ve voted, join us in social media to cheer for your favourite blogs and sites using the hashtag #CdnSciFav.
Voting closes October 14th. Winners will be announced at the Canadian Science Policy Conference (Nov 1-3) and simultaneously across the SciBor and SWCC social media channels.
Top 12 List for Canada’s Favourite Science Blog
The Body of Evidence Dr. Christopher Labos, Jonathan Jarry
Through a podcast, a shared blog, and videos (and even appearances on the radio and in person), they explore what reproducible evidence has to say on important medical topics, and how scientific thinking shouldn’t be the sole purview of researchers. The bickering is just the cherry on top.
The Intrepid Mathematician Anthony Bonato
The Intrepid Mathematician began in early 2015 as a means for me to write for non-mathematicians about mathematics and mathematicians. Since then, I’ve written about mathematics in popular culture and my own journey as an academic, thinker, and writer.
Sci/Why Claire Eamer and many others
In the beginning, Claire had an idea. It was a simple idea – to gather a group of like-minded writers and launch a blog. Why? To help parents, teachers and librarians discover the wide world of Canadian science writing for kids.
Art The Science Blog Julia Krolik, Alex Pedersen, Owen Fernley, Catherine Lau
Welcome to the Art the Science Blog – dedicated to featuring global sciart! The content is divided into four main categories: Creators: These days, it is not uncommon for artists to self identify as scientists and vice-versa. Therefore, the term refers to anyone influenced by science for artwork creation; Works are any artworks or exhibitions that are inspired by science; Spaces include any public or online gallery/magazine/organization that is dedicated to the promotion of scientific art and; Bits: Fast coverage of #SciArt.
Theory, Evolutions, and Game Group Artem Kaznatcheev & many others
I am Artem Kaznatcheev, and this is my venue for articles that are more long-form than G+ posts but aren’t quite long enough for more formal publication. These fall within seven broad themes — Algorithmic theory of biology, Bounded rationality in economics and finance, Cognitive science and philosophy of mind, Evolutionary game theory, Mathematical oncology and theoretical biology, Metamodeling and philosophy of science, and Theoretical computer science and machine learning.
Ibycter Sean McCann
Ibycter is about the beauty of natural history and animal behaviour research, conveyed through photography. My primary inspiration comes from getting out and exploring nature with my camera whenever I can, and this blog is an opportunity to share what I find.
Gil Wizen Gil Wizen
I am a naturalist with a great affection for small creatures. This is what led me to study biology and later to focus on entomology (the study of insects) as my main field of research. I created this website to present my inspirations and work in greater detail, as well as to educate and ignite a similar passion in others. Small organisms, and arthropods in particular, display a huge diversity of interesting behaviors and adaptations for survival but they are often overlooked or worse – feared of for no good reason. I hope this website will help to show their true beauty.
Pseudoplocephalus Victoria Arbour
Pseudoplocephalus is the home base for Dr. Victoria Arbour, an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and Royal Ontario Museum. Victoria has been writing about dinosaurs, palaeontology, museums, science communication, and women in STEM since 2010.
Astroquizzical Jillian Scudder
All things astronomy. Any lingering questions about anything to do with space? Your questions aren’t silly. Ask them here!
Spielraum Jared Stang
Spielraum: 1. Playspace; 2. The set of actions available to an expert agent in a situation; 3. A blog about an instructor finding his spielraum in a university physics classroom.
Companion Animal Psychology Zazie Todd
About the science of people’s relationships with their pets. Topics include dog training, canine behaviour, feline behaviour, enrichment, behaviour problems, attachment to pets, and the human-animal bond. Dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, horses and fish are all included. Topic suggestions are welcome.
Dispatches from the Field Catherine Dale, Amanda Tracey, Sarah Wallace
So much of what happens in the field has no place in scientific papers, and never makes it into the public realm – yet these stories are the core of the experience. We want this blog to serve as an outlet for those stories, and also a way for us to share the rare, quiet lessons we’ve learned from the many landscapes we’ve been privileged to get to know.
Top 10 List for Canada’s Favourite Science Site
It’s the Burning Man of science! Beakerhead is an annual program that brings together the arts, sciences, and engineering sectors to build, engage, compete, and exhibit interactive works of art, engineered creativity, and entertainment.
About: Standing up for science and smart decision-making in Canada. Evidence for Democracy (E4D) is the leading fact-driven, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization promoting the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making in Canada.
About: Hakai Magazine explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective.
About: Let’s Talk Science is an award-winning, national, charitable organization focused on education and outreach to support youth development.
About: The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization, envisioning a Canada that conserves nature in all its diversity, and safeguards the lands and waters that sustain life.
About: Winner of the 2017 Canadian Magazine Awards, this French language magazine features science and technology news, commentary, and a fun youth page.
About: Science.ca serves up the biographies of over 250 Canadian scientists and their work, features experiments and quizzes, as well as Ask a Scientist, and Canadian science news.
About; SoSC brings together the best minds in science education to inspire young people to explore science and technology by providing teachers with tools to transform their classrooms into innovative learning environments.
About: Not just a good science news read, The Conversation is also a source of ideas, media-ready experts and free content written by academics and researchers with deep expertise. The site features a searchable database of more than 30,000 academics.
About: Dedicated to the thrills and excitement of science fairs, this bilingual site features news and blogs for budding scientists.