science communications

Going on camera? My first piece of advice

Communicating on camera is harder than in front of a crowd, because you’re trying to reach an audience that exists, but isn’t there. Here’s the key tip I figured out to reach your audience through the lens.

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Going on camera? My first piece of advice

Communicating on camera is harder than in front of a crowd, because you’re trying to reach an audience that exists, but isn’t there. Here’s the key tip I figured out to reach your audience through the lens.

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Digging complexity: an example

This is a follow up post after my talk to science students at UBC yesterday. The instructor asked for an example of using my science background to make sense of something complex. My answer on the spot wasn’t great, but

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Digging complexity: an example

This is a follow up post after my talk to science students at UBC yesterday. The instructor asked for an example of using my science background to make sense of something complex. My answer on the spot wasn’t great, but

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How my science degree helps me in journalism

Tomorrow I get to return to my alma mater, to talk to first-year Science students. This is pretty exciting for me because I really enjoy teaching, and visiting campus brings some nostalgic joy too. They invited me because I use

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How my science degree helps me in journalism

Tomorrow I get to return to my alma mater, to talk to first-year Science students. This is pretty exciting for me because I really enjoy teaching, and visiting campus brings some nostalgic joy too. They invited me because I use

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Canada’s beef-is-safe campaign, circa 2003

My thesis was on risk communication, using mad cow disease as a case study. I looked at the language media used to used to discuss the safety of Canadian beef after Canada’s first mad cow was found in May 2003. I remember that day vividly.

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Canada’s beef-is-safe campaign, circa 2003

My thesis was on risk communication, using mad cow disease as a case study. I looked at the language media used to used to discuss the safety of Canadian beef after Canada’s first mad cow was found in May 2003. I remember that day vividly.

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First author, no comment

Q: When is the lead author of a paper published in Science not allowed to comment on the subject?

A: When she works for Canada’s federal government. In this case, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

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First author, no comment

Q: When is the lead author of a paper published in Science not allowed to comment on the subject?

A: When she works for Canada’s federal government. In this case, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

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An alternate taxonomy of the interview

A recent training workshop got me thinking about how mysterious the media can be for people who haven’t interacted with us much. One thing we don’t always make clear to people is just what kind of interview we’re asking for.

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An alternate taxonomy of the interview

A recent training workshop got me thinking about how mysterious the media can be for people who haven’t interacted with us much. One thing we don’t always make clear to people is just what kind of interview we’re asking for.

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Squid surveillance, in several ways

I find squid pretty inherently interesting. They’re believed to be smart, and I’d call them beautiful, but they’re also so alien to our terrestrial, vertebrate selves. Even more interesting, or perhaps alarming, is what’s happening with the Humboldt squid in B.C. waters.

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Squid surveillance, in several ways

I find squid pretty inherently interesting. They’re believed to be smart, and I’d call them beautiful, but they’re also so alien to our terrestrial, vertebrate selves. Even more interesting, or perhaps alarming, is what’s happening with the Humboldt squid in B.C. waters.

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A decent year for some threatened whales

One whale story begets another, I suppose. Researching another story this week on humpbacks, I called up Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard at the Vancouver Aquarium. He’s a scientist with a gift for speaking clearly, and he studies marine mammals on our

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A decent year for some threatened whales

One whale story begets another, I suppose. Researching another story this week on humpbacks, I called up Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard at the Vancouver Aquarium. He’s a scientist with a gift for speaking clearly, and he studies marine mammals on our

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The dirt on clean: avoiding antibacterials

With all the talk about swine flu and handwashing, I decided to take questions from parents to an expert in public health, Dr. Bonnie Henry with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. (CBC story here). Dr. Henry just published a

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The dirt on clean: avoiding antibacterials

With all the talk about swine flu and handwashing, I decided to take questions from parents to an expert in public health, Dr. Bonnie Henry with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. (CBC story here). Dr. Henry just published a

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Coming up: Storytelling for scientists

I’m giving a talk next month to a group of health science graduate students, on how to communicate their work in the media. I’m no expert, but I have worked in both worlds, and understand a bit about how they

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Coming up: Storytelling for scientists

I’m giving a talk next month to a group of health science graduate students, on how to communicate their work in the media. I’m no expert, but I have worked in both worlds, and understand a bit about how they

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