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So You Want To Get Paid For SciComm?

Alex Chattwood, Communications, Education & Outreach co-editor Becoming a paid science communicator can be hard work. In my recent post, I […]

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Setting inner-city youth up for success at university

Shawna Narayan is completing her undergraduate physics degree at the University of British Columbia.A University of British Columbia physics student created a program which helps high school students connect with post-secondary mentorsBy Heather Amos, University of British Columbia Media RelationsWhen Shawna Narayan looked back on her first-year, she realized that things would have been easier if she’d received a little advice from a local peer before even stepping foot on UBC’s campus.Determined to help the next…

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Cameron Naficy receives Mitacs Elevate Grant

By Sonya OdsenCameron was finishing up a report and shifting to some analysis to help inform this summer’s data collection plan when he got the news. His hard work put into the highly competitive application process had paid off—Cameron had been awarded a Mitacs Elevate grant!This grant provides Cameron with a salary, guaranteeing him a third year in his postdoctoral position and freeing up significant resources for other aspects of his team’s work. These resources…

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The one question to ask yourself before starting a new exercise program

I see a lot of articles about the most “effective” or “efficient” form of exercise.  These often focus on pretty intense forms of exercise, like high intensity interval training (HIIT).  The focus of these articles are usually either that this type of workout will give you more benefits than your other forms of exercise (“using HIIT in resistance training could be the key to supercharging your strength gains“), or that the exercise will give you…

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Queer in STEM Ask Me Anything!

Continuing the Pride month series, a short announcement – I’m doing a “Queer in STEM” AMA (Ask Me Anything). If you have questions, queries, quandaries, conundrums or dilemmas around the topic of being an out gay/queer scientist, or just being gay/queer I will have a go at providing an answer. You can submit your question using this (anonymous) Google form, in the comments below, or by email (thelabandfield@gmail.com). The only data collected on the form…

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Big open data… or is it?

Huge news for data scientists and educators. Equinor, the company formerly known as Statoil, has taken a bold step into the open data arena. On Thursday last week, it 'disclosed' all of its subsurface and production data for the Volve oil field, located in the North Sea. What's in the data package?A lot! The 40,000-file package contains 5TB of data, that's 5,000GB! This collection is substantially larger, both deeper and broader, than any other open subsurface dataset…

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The House That Termites Built

Eastgate Centre in Harrare, Zimbabwe Eastgate Centre is a large shopping mall and office center. It stands in the heart of the business district in Harare, the most populous city in Zimbabwe, Africa.It's a very big building, occupying half a city block. The interior is elegant and modern, with small boutiques on the ground floor and a large interior space with cool fountains, hanging catwalks and steel pillars straight out of a science fiction movie.Interior atrium…

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