Public understanding of science

My 6 favourite #SciComm tweets since I got back on the grid

I've been back in our wired world for 2 weeks after being off the grid in the arctic for August. While I did have a pricey satellite phone with me, in case my family needed to contact me, I didn't at all miss the internet and the world of cheap mobile phone minutes Lots of […]

Six steps to making your very own Ada Lovelace Day in Fall 2016

Suw Charmin-Anderson launched International Ada Lovelace Day in 2009 as a way of both recognizing, and taking action to reverse the under-representation of women in STEM in Wikipedia. The official day is the 2nd Tuesday of October, but events run through the Fall. I first heard about her project in 2013, and threw around the idea of […]

Doing Public Science with Let's Talk Science & Science Rendezvous

Here's my belated June 1st post: I've always believed that learning, teaching and doing science should be fun. Amazingly, while I've been having fun with this over the last 35 years, I've received many disapproving looks from science teachers, professors, and "serious" research scientists.  I have concluded, that they have absolutely no sense of humour, and I've simply ignored their frowns, […]

#WinterTerm2016 is a wrap: some of what went down

It's Friday of Week 13, and next Monday is the last day of classes, before final exams begin, next Wednesday. York University's Winter Term 2016 began earlier than any other Ontario university, so, we finish early, too. Here are some Plant Ecology students today, weary, yet still smiling (ok, I asked them to smile), from left […]

Resources for understanding implicit bias & other barriers to #WomenInSTEM

Also published at YorkU Women In STEM blog. In the last few years, we have seen a new wave of awareness and data about the ongoing challenges faced by Women in STEM. Many of the insights about their subtle nature come from peer-reviewed research by colleagues in the social sciences. They deal with diverse topics, ranging from implicit or unconscious bias, […]

@YorkuScientists project wants you!

Project Page -- Check Availability of Dates -- Sign Up Form Many STEM researchers and teachers have found found Twitter to be an efficient and effective way of communicating about their work with each other, and a broader audience. In addition to individuals tweeting, the institutional account is also a thing. But, as many institutions discover, creating and […]

More evidence that using Social Media in Science isn't frivolous

Who can resist being entranced by the gorgeous Fall colours around us? I find them distracting, even as Canada's science and sustainability communities have been focussed on much more weighty issues of a general election and Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of Women in STEM. In the midst of the latter socially important stuff, I couldn't help […]