A beginner’s guide to forming a student science policy group

Farah Qaiser, Policy & Politics co-editor, and Molly Sung, guest contributor Science policy organizations come in all shapes and sizes, and range from think tanks, non-profits, and private firms to community and student groups. In a previous blog post, Science Borealis highlighted the efforts of a student science policy group, Science & Policy Exchange (SPE), […]

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Effectively communicating “Research that matters!”

Lené Gary, General Sciences editor In November 2018, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) partnered with the Center for Blood Research (CBR) and Science Borealis to launch their first-ever Lay Science Writing Competition. The contest challenged Canadian Blood Services research trainees to showcase their work in short, well-crafted articles. The theme, “Research that matters!”, inspired the entrants […]

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Mind the (gender) gap: Big data with impact

Oxfam East Africa

Amanda Maxwell, Science Borealis editorial coordinator What image pops into your head when you hear the word ‘expert’ in news stories? It’s probably the stereotypic male authority. ‘Probably’ because globally women’s voices are missing from the news — we’re much more likely to hear and see men quoted as experts. Recognizing media bias is one […]

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The Space Adventures of David Saint-Jacques

David Saint Jacques

Ryan Marciniak, Physics & Astronomy Editor David Saint-Jacquesis Canada’s first astronaut to fly a mission on board the International Space Station (ISS) since Chris Hadfield commanded the vessel in 2013. Since his arrival on December 3rd, 2018, David has participated in a broad variety of tasks, including equipment repairs, science data gathering, spacewalks, and outreach […]

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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, Film Review

Phosphorus tailings pond, near Lakeland, Florida. Image courtesy of the Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Jasman Sahota, guest contributor The environment is constantly changing. But to what extent is the environment shaped by human activities? The Anthropocene Working Group, an international group of geologists and scientists, has deliberated on this question for the past nine years and concluded that humans are now the dominant cause of lasting impacts on the […]

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