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A Q&A with The Atlantic’s Ed Yong 

By Erin Zimmerman, Co-editor, Science in Society Following his recent keynote address at the Canadian Society of Microbiology conference in […]

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Nominated for the People’s Choice Award: Canada’s Favourite Science Blog

Good news, science fans! Actually, three pieces of good news. It's Science Literacy Week here in Canada. Our own Sci/Why writer Simon Shapiro is receiving an award on Wednesday Sept 20th, 10:30 am at the Ontario Science Centre for his book Higher, Faster, Smarter. Hurray for Simon! And, hurray for all us Sci/Why writers, because our blog Sci/Why has been named to the Top 12 Short List for People’s Choice Award: Canada's Favourite Science Blog. Starting today, Tuesday September 19th,…

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Science Literacy Week 2017: Good Vibrations

Science Literacy Week continues, and today I’m sharing one of my favourite books about communicating science! I first read Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science shortly after it was published in 2008, and gave it a re-read this summer. It’s a truly amazing book for breaking down some of the barriers around understanding the statistical side of … Continue reading Science Literacy Week 2017: Good Vibrations

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Cheapskate Tuesday: (wideish) macro part 1, the 18-55 kit lens

When I have not been blogging for a while, I usually start posts off with a bit of self-flagellation, followed by apologies and a promise to do better in the future. But to heck with that, what about a bit of shameless self-promotion instead? Nah, that does not work either. But something wakens Ibycter from her mighty slumber, and that is as shameful desire to take part in Science Borealis’ People’s Choice Award: Now, for…

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TA-PD mini-modules week 2: May I have your attention, please?

This semester, we’ve carved out time from the Teaching Assistants’ normal duties—a half-hour per week—to use for professional development activities. This post series tracks our weekly goals and activities. Over my years as a TA and instructor, I’ve developed strategies to gain and keep the attention of the students when needed. One of my key strengths for this is my ability to speak loudly and clearly. But, with great power comes great responsibility. Along the…

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Yarns that harvest and generate energy

The researchers involved in this work are confident enough about their prospects that they will be  patenting their research into yarns. From an August 25, 2017 news item on Nanowerk, An international research team led by scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas and Hanyang University in South Korea has developed high-tech yarns that generate electricity when they are stretched or twisted. In a study published in the Aug. 25 [2017] issue of the…

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Job Posting: Great Lakes Guide Project Lead

Swim Drink Fish Canada is looking for a full-time project lead to oversee the development and launch of a new web project dedicated to promoting and protecting the Great Lakes. The project lead reports directly to the Vice President. The position is open as of October 1, 2017.The ideal project lead is someone who has a deep passion for the history, ecology, and unique economic potential of the Great Lakes region in addition to practical…

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Science Literacy Week 2017: How to Be a Scientist

It’s Science Literacy Week here in Canada, a time to celebrate science communication in all media. For the rest of this week, I’m featuring some of my favourite science books! I’ll also be joining the fun with two talks about our new dinosaur Zuul at the Toronto Public Library, and will be hanging out with … Continue reading Science Literacy Week 2017: How to Be a Scientist

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