Teach Write: An Introduction to Purpose

Welcome to Teach Write! This column draws on my 20 years’ experience teaching writing to kids, university students, and adult learners. It includes ideas and exercises that teachers can use in the classroom, and creative writers can use to level up their process. As part of our preparation for writing a new piece, we need to think about audience – who we are writing for and how the knowledge and needs of that audience affect…

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What it’s like working at remote abandoned mine sites in northern Sask

SRC's Project CLEANS team travelled to five uranium mine sites in northern Saskatchewan that had been abandoned in the 50s and 60s to conduct preliminary site investigations as part of large-scale remediation project. Learn about the challenges of visiting these sites and the work being done to clean them up.

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2019 People’s Choice Award for Favourite Science Blog: WWEST Blog

Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology and Engineering editor Congratulations to the Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST) Blog, this year’s winner of the People’s Choice Awards: Canada’s Favourite Science Blog! The award, voted on annually by the public, is sponsored by Science Borealis and the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC), and celebrates excellence […]

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Canadian Archaeological Association 53rd Annual Conference, 2020 – A Call for Papers

Pic: The image is promotional art for a movie called Black Mountain Side (2014), about a group of Canadian archaeologists working in remote Canadian mountains. Obviously things go wrong. You can read my Twitter review of it here As you may (or may not) be aware, the 53rd annual Canadian Archaeological Association conference is coming up and will be here before you know it. The conference, which will be in Edmonton from May 6 –…

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Today’s Fun Fungus Walk

Our own Joan Marie Galat is a scholar of all things fungus. And she still knows how to enjoy just finding the odd mushroom here and there while out for a walk in the woods. Here are some photos she shared recently with friends. With compassion for those of us who can find it hard to figure out Latin names for various species of living things, she's captioned these photos in a more informal way. "Bite…

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#540 Specialize? Or Generalize?

Ever been called a "jack of all trades, master of none"? The world loves to elevate specialists, people who drill deep into a single topic. Those people are great. But there's a place for generalists too, argues David Epstein. Jacks of all trades are often more successful than specialists. And he's got science to back it up. We talk with Epstein about his latest book, "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World".

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