Communicating science through picture books: Illustrator Kari Rust

By Raymond K. Nakamura, Multimedia editor Picture books about scientists heighten younger readers’ awareness that science is a human endeavour. Picture books not only help young readers develop literacy; they are also an art form all their own. To find out more about this often-overlooked style of science communication, I reached out to Canadian illustrator, […]

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Feeling zine: Developing science communication skills through reflection

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Raymond K. Nakamura, Multimedia editor   “I was so proud of my public lecture. All my scientist friends say I did an excellent job. But I saw the glaze in my parents’ eyes; I missed the mark.” – Lia Formenti, from her reflection on science communication in the McGill Space Institute’s zine.   Reflection involves […]

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Coded Bias: How algorithmic biases affect all of us

Sri Ray-Chauduri and Esme Symons, Technology and Engineering editors If you think the documentary Coded Bias sounds like it’s only for technology or engineering enthusiasts, think again. If you have ever used social media, bought something online or walked down a street of a big city, then you need to watch this film! The documentary […]

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Should science communication be funny?

by RaymondsBrain Raymond Nakamura

Raymond K. Nakamura, Multimedia editor The most exciting phrase in science is not “Eureka!” but, “That’s funny.” – Isaac Asimov When I contribute a post to a science blog, I usually add a comic, hoping some humour will make the article more attractive and engaging. But I often receive more positive comments about the comics […]

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PalaeoPoems: Literary scicomm gives fossils a second chance at life

Artwork by Katrin Emery

Raymond Nakamura and Katrina Vera Wong, Multimedia editors Monsters of the prime Who tare each other in their slime – Thomas C. Weston, “Untitled,” Reminiscences among the rocks: in connection with the Geological Survey of Canada, 1889 ~ Excavating fossilized dinosaur bones or permineralized leaves is something we expect from a palaeontologist; digging up poems […]

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