Voices for Canadian #Scicomm100 – Weekly Recap: Sep. 10 – 16, 2016

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Week 2 has been an exciting one for our “Reflections: 100 Voices for Canadian Science Communication” campaign. You all are making our Twitter stream and the #scicomm100 hashtag burn up with re-Tweets and chatter! And you’ve have hit our Facebook page with more activity than ever. Thank you to everyone who’s jumped on board with us.

And we’re pleased to see at least one blogger used our initiative as a launching point for discussion on who should be doing scicomm and whether it should be considered part of the job for researchers. Check out Stephen Heard‘s post here: SciComm, and who should do it

If you have blogged about #scicomm100 with your thoughts around science communications, let us know and we’ll link to your post in our next weekly recap.

Meanwhile, in case you missed our most recent Voices for Canadian Science Communications, here are the past week’s quotes and artwork.

Claire Eamer image by Raymond Nakamura


Aerin Jacob image by The Vexed Muddler


Atif Kukaswadia image by The Vexed Muddler


Jennifer McDonald image by The Vexed Muddler


University of Victoria and the <a href="http://www.raincoast.org">Raincoast Conservation Foundation</a>. Originally posted on September 12, 2016." class="size-large" /&gt;

Chris Darimont image by The Vexed Muddler


Natalie Sopinka, researcher and fish poet. Originally posted on September 12, 2016." class="size-large" /&gt;

Natalie Sopika image by Jen Burgess



"Science journalism inspires scientific literacy which promotes critical thinking and helps to inform public policy. Broad scientific debate is not only incremental change, but about transformational discoveries that can truly change outcomes for Canadians and people around the world."- Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. Originally posted on September 13, 2016. (Courtesy <a href="http://www.sciencepresse.qc.ca/actualite/2016/04/14/100lascience">Agence Science-Presse</a>) Kirsty Duncan image by Jacques Goldstyn

Kirsty Duncan image by Jacques Goldstyn, Courtesy of Agence Science-Presse


"Science, is not a subject, it’s not content and it’s not a device – it’s a way of thinking. Science is a method, that when mastered, allows the intelligent, creative, emotional and frequently irrational mind of a human being to think critically and objectively about all problems, big and small, in the worlds in which we live." - <a href="http://www.jeremyfriedberg.com/index.html">Jeremy Friedberg</a>, scientist, educator, educational game designer. Originally posted on September 13, 2016.

Jeremy Friedberg image by Raymond Nakamura


"Science Communication is important because it equips individuals to break down, critique and interpret scientific information generated by sensationalized news sources, and make their own informed decisions. This will help improve science literacy and demand for more accurate scientific reporting." - <a href="https://twitter.com/sswchow">Sarah Chow</a>, Story editor for broadcast media. Originally posted on September 14, 2016.

Sarah Chow image by The Vexed Muddler


"Conservation science can be a frustrating discipline. It often feels like we just spend our time describing problems in ever-greater detail. Science communication is my opportunity to push back against extinction and demonstrate that we really can make a positive difference – and that it’s up to everyone to pitch in." - Brett Favaro, research scientist and instructor at the <a href="https://www.mi.mun.ca">Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University</a>. Originally posted on September 14, 2016.

Brett Favaro image by The Vexed Muddler


"In the process of building Beakerhead, we have come face to face with the powerful chemistry of new combinations -- a new creative endeavour that is equal parts art and science. This world of science communciations is audience-focused, filled with courage, highly collaborative, and starts with the belief that delight is reason enough." - Mary Anne Moser, President &amp; Co-founder of <a href="http://beakerhead.com">Beakerhead</a>. Originally posted on September 15, 2016.

Mary Anne Moser image by The Vexed Muddler


"As a practicing scientist, I appreciate great communication of science as much as scientific research itself. If we are unable to effectively explain and transfer the meaning of science to society, then it will become untrusted, marginalized and repudiated. We can’t afford that!" - Jim Woodgett, Director of Research, <a href="http://www.lunenfeld.ca">Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute</a>. Originally posted on September 15, 2016.

Jim Woodgett image by The Vexed Muddler


Scientists tirelessly explore, discover, invent, and teach. Yet often the fruits of their labor can be hidden within technical jargon, or lost altogether in a pile of manuscripts in perpetual preparation. I help scientists resurrect neglected research results to tell the stories within their data.

Heather Maughan by @vexedmuddler

Robert Bateman, self portrait

Robert Bateman, self portrait



See the full collection in our Reflections: 100 Voices for Canadian Science Communication Gallery.

Meet this week’s artists: Robert Bateman, Jacques Goldstyn, Jen Burgess, Raymond Nakamura and The Vexed Muddler.

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