SciArt illustration contracts for your science communication project (Using Images-A Best Practices Primer, Part 5)

This article is the fifth in a series aimed at helping you enhance your #scicommand #sciart by avoiding #visualplagiarism. It will do so by laying out some best practices for dealing with images (which are, by their nature) visual intellectual property protected by copyrights. Please chime in, in the comments or by contacting me, if you have suggestions … Continue reading SciArt illustration contracts for your science communication project (Using Images-A Best Practices Primer, Part 5)

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Thoughts on a proposed urban development

Dear Mayor and Council members: I am writing to express my concerns about the proposed transit facility at 18th and Foothills. I have previously written letters about the Ron Brent development (which unfortunately went ahead) and the North College Park proposal. As with those letters, my general theme here is that green spaces and parks – particularly those that are substantially used by the public and/or that provide other important ecosystem services – should not…

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Quantifying Plastics in Canada’s Aquatic Landscapes: Rigour and Repetition

By: Natalie Sopinka  In Canada, plastic pollution of our waterbodies is an emerging concern in a crowd of aquatic stressors. Similar to chemical contaminants such as PCBs, plastics can be pervasive across both time and aquatic food webs. In the oceans, reports of ingested plastic by seabirds have spanned a half century: surveys from 1966–1967 found “plastic toys” in the stomachs of Herring Gull in Newfoundland, and today macroplastics (plastics > 5 mm) and microplastics…

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From the inbox – metabarcoding course in Russia

International course in DNA Metabarcoding: Part 1 – Field collecting and Molecular laboratory.Tromsø Museum (University of Tromsø, Norway), Forest Research Institute, Karelian Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences (Petrozavodsk, Russia), ForBio (Research School in Biosystematics), and SIU (Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education) jointly offer an International Course in DNA Metabarcoding. The course will link its teaching program to the current research projects at the partner institutes to strengthen the connection between education and cutting…

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From the inbox – metabarcoding course in Russia

International course in DNA Metabarcoding: Part 1 – Field collecting and Molecular laboratory.Tromsø Museum (University of Tromsø, Norway), Forest Research Institute, Karelian Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences (Petrozavodsk, Russia), ForBio (Research School in Biosystematics), and SIU (Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education) jointly offer an International Course in DNA Metabarcoding. The course will link its teaching program to the current research projects at the partner institutes to strengthen the connection between education and cutting…

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New Books, New Awards, New Ways to Get Pumped About Science

by L. E. CarmichaelIt's spring and the Sci/Why writers are celebrating. Check out these latest and award-winning books by our team of bloggers! Simon ShapiroSimon's book, Faster Higher Smarter (Annick Press) just won the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Youth Book Award! It takes a lot of talent, skill, and hard work to become a world-class athlete. But it takes even more to make a sport better: it takes smarts! And whether innovators are…

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New Books, New Awards, New Ways to Get Pumped About Science

by L. E. CarmichaelIt's spring and the Sci/Why writers are celebrating. Check out these latest and award-winning books by our team of bloggers! Simon ShapiroSimon's book, Faster Higher Smarter (Annick Press) just won the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Youth Book Award! It takes a lot of talent, skill, and hard work to become a world-class athlete. But it takes even more to make a sport better: it takes smarts! And whether innovators are…

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Announcing the 2016 Outstanding Reviewers

"Peer review is at the heart of the research ecosystem.”—Publons, 2016 SpotOn Report  Heart, backbone, foundation, mainstay, core, whichever word you use, peer review is fundamental to the scholarly publishing of science. Yet, the volunteer efforts of peer review are not often formally recognized or rewarded. Addressing this paucity in recognition is possible. New initiatives and tools are committed to ensuring peer review stays a “pillar of research quality and integrity”.  Last year Canadian Science…

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